When my GP first suggested I attend my local pain clinic, I wasn't sure what to expect, so I went scouring the Internet and couldn't find much information there either. I hate the unknown, so I thought I'd write a little about my experiences, so if you're reading this and you don't know what to expect from visiting a pain clinic, hopefully a little information from me will comfort you.
I used to be a massive 'pill shamer'. I sneered at people taking painkillers for their headaches, or period pains. When I had any kind of pain, I used to live by the view that pain was there to tell us that something was wrong and, therefore, a good thing.
I would like to think, after two and a half years of trigeminal neuralgia, that I would know what to expect. I think I'm an expert at getting it the fuck done, chronic face pain and all. I'm aware that being in constant pain is very draining and I'm used to being exhausted all the time, but this is a wave of fatigue like never before
I have a cold and it feels like the end of the world!
You only get one life and mine happens to come with constant face pain. What are you celebrating today?
Will people think I'm stupid? Am I slurring my words like I've had a drink? Do I come across as uneducated? Does this person think I wasn't listening to them?
I have had chronic face pain for two years and I feel like I'm at the stage where I can, mostly, continue with my daily life as normal. Here are my personal favourite tips for just getting on with it when you have TN: