I'm not here to claim my pain is worse than anyone else's, or that I know better. I hope your pain isn't worse than mine, I hope you're not struggling like I am, but I'm okay if you 'win' this one. I don't mind how mine pain compares to anyone else's. In fact, your pain is worse than mine.
My main problem with going to the dentist is that the biggest trigger for my TN is pretty much anything to do with my mouth, so that includes eating, touching my face, sometimes even speaking and - the second problem here - brushing my teeth. You might notice the vicious cycle here: I can't brush my teeth as well as I'd like and I don't want to visit the dentist in case that hurts as well.
When I wake up in a morning, I feel like I'm about to collapse sometimes, but when I log onto my work computer, I can (for the most part) function like a hard working adult. When I get home from work, I'm in too much pain to move.
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: