Why am I always saying sorry for having additional medical needs? I even apologised to the HR department at my work for my disabilities.
Explaining TN to someone who doesn't live with it is near impossible, even a doctor, a pain specialist, or a neurologist. You can tell someone, 'this is the worst pain you could ever imagine' and the worst pain that person has been through is really bad toothache.
I know people who work on reduced hours, I know people who have taken career breaks, I know people on sick leave and I know people who have given up work altogether.
The first problem with being sent away with exercises to do on your own is that you can't tell if you're doing them correctly. The second problem is that no matter how motivated you feel to get better, it's really hard to find the motivation to do your exercises.
I'll dive right in: my pelvis never recovered from carrying my baby during pregnancy and giving birth.
When I was about six months pregnant, I was diagnosed with symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), which you might know as pelvic girdle pain.
Choosing to be in pain isn't an easy choice. It's the impossible choice, made only slightly easier for me by the fact that the medication didn't ever completely take the pain away for me.
I am 30 years old, I've had TN for over 6 years, I volunteer for the TNA UK and I've never actually met anyone face to face who also lives with trigeminal neuralgia.