My name is Kirsten (Kiz) Cooper and in 2015, I was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, a chronic pain condition that makes my face hurt all the time. In 2019, I was diagnosed with acute zonal occult outer retinopathy (AZOOR) after losing my central vision in my right eye. Initially, my doctor was worried I’d had a mini stroke, so advised me to stop taking my birth control pill and my periods seemed to stop. In 2020, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome, which had been hidden by years of taking birth control.
I started The Pain Corner, because when I first typed the words ‘trigeminal neuralgia’ into Google, I was overwhelmed with the amount of websites referencing ‘the suicide disease’ and couldn’t find a positive post amongst the hundreds of pages I scrolled past. I created this website in 2017 to give other people hope that neuralgia isn’t a death sentence as the media would like to lead us to believe and because no one has the time or energy to trawl through medical journals either. This website is written by a real person actually living with TN.
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