Then my entire face went numb.
I have a chronic pain condition called Trigeminal Neurgalia. Recently, I shared on Facebook that I've just had my three year neuralgiaversary and asked how long everyone else had been living with TN for. People commented who hadn't yet been diagnosed and people commented who had been living with TN for 20+ years. What struck me most is that, as far as I could see, everyone could remember exactly when they first were struck down with neuralgia.
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
Two years and a bit ago, I first heard the words ‘trigeminal neuralgia’ and a couple of hours later, I first saw the term ‘the suicide disease’ staring back at me on Google search. It made a very painful situation even more frightening.