Does anyone have ATN or trigeminal neuropathy from what they know or think is from a maxillofacial surgery? I had a six hour orthognatic maxillofacial surgery in Dec 2009 at kaiser permanente in Los Angeles. The surgeon came highly recommended and had a lot of experience and the surgery went well. Even my surgeon was surprised how fast I was recovering (my secret weapon was my moms 24/7 care!).
Fast forward almost exactly 3 years and out of no where my ATN hits. I've been trying to rack my brains just thinking of potential causes but I havent had any dental work since my surgery or any trauma etc. Most doctors I've spoken with have said it can't be neuropathy because so much time has passed but one oral specialist said its a possibility that depression might have triggered neuropathy. During those three years my younger sister was diagnosed with severe obsessive compulsive disorder and it was just a very difficult period of time for me. Right before my ATN started my sister was doing so much better and I was so happy with life that I felt I could finally take a breath...but unfortunately ATN had other plans for me. I am always hesitant when a doctor brings in things like depression and stress because we know that TN and depression are comorbid, there might not necessarily be causation. Anyway, thankfully meds have worked well for me, to the point where I can keep functioning and determinately living life.
I've thought about this so much I've driving myself crazy and I really dont know what to think anymore. Now I have so much guilt for choosing to do the surgery in the first place because it might have caused this horrible chronic thing.
Any thoughts or similar experiences? Wishing you all a beautiful, pain free day!