Exercise! Who knew

I’ve has geniculate neuralgia for 3 years , been on a bunch of meds … It’s been hell. I recently had a bad reaction to the carbamazapine I had been taki mg for 6 months . I started feeling like killing myself. Lost control over emotions . It took some time to realize that I was losing it . Anyways I warned off of them and started exercising 3 days a week at the same time . At first the pain was coming back like it does when I go off the meds , but then nothing , day after day pain free !!! I attribute it all to the hard ass workouts I’m doing 3 days a week . I’ve been almost completely pain free for 45 days !! Ya Ya

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And I should say how amazing it feels to feel normal !! No meds sigh… NO MEDS, no floating feeling , no despair, amazing

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Good for you, may be a helpful message to many. Lifestyle.

My wife has brought her pain down to a very manageable level with extraordinary dietary discipline and stress management. it can be difficult; at Thanksgiving while everyone else was eating turkey, stuffing, etc, she was eating squash. Beats the heck out of medication side effects however.

When I do aerobic exercise, vigarous enough to break a sweat, about 5-10 min. in, I have no pain either! I have made ipod play lists that I can dance to while no one is looking :slight_smile: and have a rebounder that I bounce on to music as well. Gotta have that heart pumping music. I know that exercise produces endomorphins and they are the body’s natural opiate. That’s great you are pain free for so long afterward. I’m pain free only during the workout but pain isn’t as bad for a few hours. I swear by it!

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I’m still going to the gym 3 days a week. Im working out pretty hard for 1hr 15 min class . Still NO PAIN!!


Great to hear you found relief and you’re also reaping the many other benefits as well like general health & well being.
Are you doing any upper body strength training and have you noticed any change in your posture?
I think there is a significant connection between TN & upper spinal dysfunction and this may also be the case for other neuralgia’s too.
I sometimes wonder whether they are being treated by the correct field and have seriously thought about consulting with a rheumatologist.

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Exercise definitely helps, and while I’m exercising, the frequency of my shocks goes down. However, I’ve been in the middle of an intense workout and had some of the worst shocks in my life.

I hope you continue to exercise and reap all of the benefits, and I hope you are pain free until the day you die.

However, I don’t want others here to think all they have to do is exercise and their problems will be solved. I also don’t want others to think all they have to do is change their diet. REPEAT: EVERYONE SHOULD EXERCISE AND TRY DIFFERENT DIETS TO TRY TO REDUCE THEIR PAIN. Track your exercise, track your diet, and take what seems to help. But SOME people will still have pain. Don’t be too hard on yourself. I’ve tried numerous diets for prolonged periods to ensure I saw the benefits, from low saturated fat to low carb to all plant to paleo. None of them did much for me. I’ve also been an avid outdoorsman and soccer player and weight lifter for a long, long time. I do the cardio, I do the weights.

So everyone start or continue exercising. And maybe you can enter with super high expectations (placebo effect is among the strongest effects of all medications), just don’t be depressed if it doesn’t get rid of all your pain.