After months of being in so called “remission”, my TN symptoms began to come back slowly at first. A slight jab of pain when I talked, about once or twice a day. I was and still am relying on heavy dose of CBD concentrate found in Medical marijuana. From that slight jab of pain I am back to the burning , seering pain and shocks of pain as well on the left side of my face. The pain is such that it is painful to swallow as it occurs in the root of my tongue on that side of my face. An attack has lasted up to about an hour but fortunately it has been subsiding after a while and with the pain management that I try, including deep breathing, heat, the application of Neuragen cream and marijuana , I am able to function. At its worse I just have to lie still in the bed.
It so happens that I had a scheduled doctor’s appointment for an unrelated nerve problem in my foot. The Dr. prescribed Lyrica for the problem in my foot and so we discussed the possibility of the Lyrica being effective for my TN. Even though she is not the “quack” neurologist I had been seeing , she discussed the possible effectiveness of the Lyrica along with the other above mentioned remedys that I use. My doctor and I both agree that since the Gabapentin that was prescribed prior was not effective , we could give the Lyrica a try.
I have taken not pharmaceutical pain meds for about two years now and usually shun them because of the possible side effects, but I am on 75 mgs of Lyrica, 3 times a day. I hope and pray it can provide relief. I have only been on the med for about a week now so I am giving it time to work. I know nothing was working for about an hour this morning. The pain was a 10! But now, as I type, I feel OK. I can function.
We will see and will let everybody here know. Stay well and the best to you all.