Hi Sharon...So you have Geniculate Neuralgia as well as ATN?
I would think that the steroid shot would be worth a try with you demonstrating symptoms of both. I have arthritis everywhere and tmj as well, my chiro works on tmj. What are your symptoms w/GN. I dont think you have anything to worry about as far as pain goes because they use an imaging machine and you are given a shot of goofy juice prior to them wheeling you into the procedure room.
I was told that the block was very effective for TN...which is what my dx was at the time.
Reading your post here though, I think you might want to check around for a neurosurgeon in your area that has GN experience. I also am getting what's called a P-Stim Treatments...nerve stimulation that hopefully will train my brain not to respond to my GN attacks. This particular treatment has only been approved for use in the US for a bit over a year now but my NS says it has been very effective on her TN patients. So far for me, with Geniculate Neuralgia, not so much...I will go for my 6th implant next week...and keep holding on to my faith.
I sure hope you can find someone to try these treatments on you and pray that you respond positively Let me know if there is any more information that I can explain to you. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers Granny.
Be sweet to yourself!
Hi shinglesdidit, I see you tried this steroid injection. I have been responding to you. I am atypical GN and ATN. I am interested in this injection. Since I am also tmj and the TN nerve is 1 mm away from the tmj joint I am wondering if this is worth a try. I have arthritis at 58 at every level of 13 plus surgeries for my spine, all levels. I am wondering if I am arthritic at the tmj joint too. Your experience tells me no. I am still very interested in PNS. Sharon