Living With Facial Pain

TN Nerve Ablation


Scheduled tomorrow for TN ablation. This process has helped me get off Baclaphen and Carbamazapine. Still on Gabapentin. This is the 4th time I will be going in for the ‘needle’. Makes me extremely ill for a day but the relief it gives can be months. The actual extreme pain from the TN stops with this process but the process itself causes some weird sensations. It’s a blessing to not have to set a timer multiple times a day to make sure I don’t miss a dose of Gabapentin. The longest relief I’ve received has been 8 months. Shortest, 5 months.
Be well and smile often. (imagine!)



Best of luck to you . Hope for a year or more !!!




Praying for you. No I can’t imagine smiling without pain. I go back in 2 weeks for decision on what to do. 6 months after gamma knife and very little relief. Repeat gamma knife, surgery, who knows?

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Thank you everyone for your well wishes. I made it through and today am experiencing blissful pain relief even in my arthritic hips so must still be blessed by pain meds from yesterday. Wish it would last forever.

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Redbekia, hope your ablation went well. When I read your post and you mentioned the needle I looked it up but I couldn’t find an answer to that procedure. I had a rhizotomy 2 years ago and it is a procedure with a needle. I was wondering if it’s the same procedure. Again, I hope your procedure went well. Be blessed. Gloria37



Hi Gloria. I get a glycerol injection into a pocket that the trigeminal nerve goes through. They call it a nerve ablation. The whole side of my face and part of my tongue becomes numb. A blessing. Lasts 4 to 8 months for me so far. This is my fourth time. I struggle with their anesthesia methods that make me horribly ill for 24 hours. This time they simply put me into deep sleep but when I came up I was in deep pain and it took them a bit to balance it. Once they got that under control I have been awesomely wonderful. Numb is so much better than electrocution over and over again. I pray that next time, since I know there will be one, they will have that post anesthesia pain under control also. It all seems to be a learning experience. I like the team and feel like they are really on my side.



Redbekia, thanks for clearing that up for me. I have not had a chance to chat with a lot of people with that procedure. It does sound like just The rhizotomy that I had in 2016 I have not had to repeat but I will definitely do that if the need arises. My procedure was done at John Hopkins Hospital in Maryland , by Dr Lim. I have a brain tumor that is inoperable, it pushes on the Trigeminal nerve. I hope yours will last beyond 8 months this time. Good luck. Let’s keep in touch. Gloria37



Hi Gloria,
How are you doing? Have you had success? A few days/weeks/months of pain reduced? What’s been happening in your life?

I’m sitting in a different spot for myself. I’m scheduled for a repeat injection in a few weeks (it takes months to get an appointment) but my pain (was extreme when I made the apt.) has mostly diminished. Do I do it or do I give my time up to someone who may really need it and put myself on the end of the line again and maybe tomorrow it will come back in extreme again? A lot of fear wrapped around giving up the appointment.

I’ve been using Energy Healing on my body and feel it is really helping. I guess I figured the pain feels like electrocution which is energy so maybe clearing energy blocks in my body could help. I found a book called “Heal your Body A - Z” by Louise L Hay. She wrote another one called “You Can Heal Yourself” or something like that. I used what I pulled out of that book related to the different symptoms I was experiencing and applied Energy EFT to it. I like to repeat this once a day. I’m not sure that it is exactly what is helping but it’s the only thing different I’m doing right now.

Sorry for such a long delay on response. I guess I tend to be a bit of a recluse with myself. Working on pulling out of that and hoping that by helping others I’ll help myself.

I hope to hear from you again.

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Dear Redbekia, I’m pleased to hear your pain has diminished and hate you have to make that decision. Perhaps by the time of your actual appointment you may not have to have second thoughts. So glad the reading you’re doing has given you some results. Thanks for the topics of the healing books. I will certainly look into them.
I am still on the 2 tegretol a day and when the need arises I take the third one. There are still some discomforts associated with the rhizotomy, facial etching and trouble with brushing my teeth. There are occasional zingers which can be uncomfortable but as long as the electric shocks are not there I can live with it. But I think at anytime they return, I will call John Hopkins for an appointment.
I hope by the time your appointment rolls around you’ll have the right answer. Sorry you have that dilemma. Let me know what happens. Good luck and God bless.



Well, I gave my spot up and did not schedule another. About 8 days ago, I started treating myself with homeopathic Hypericum Perf 30X. My face pain went completely away. When I had several small flairs a few days later, I took another dose and have been pain free since.




Redbekia, I was glad to hear of your recent success you had with the hypericum. That seems to be just what it’s described to do, shooting pain relief. What a wonder it is when we can find something to do just what we need. I will certainly keep this information handy for future use. From a person who knows what it’s like,I’m over joyed for you. We’ll keep in touch. And hopefully pain free. Gloria37



Keep us posted. Good luck.
Where do you get this procedure done?



Procedure has been done at Meriter Hospital in Madison WI.

Just want to tell you that I did some research into Homeopathic remedies and found one that is for “pain like electric shock” which is a perfect description for my pain. I found that Hypericum perforatum is used for that so tried it. My Trigeminal Neuralgia has been gone ever since. No painful procedures, no side effects, just pain free. It’s been a month now and it was inexpensive. ~$10.00 for 80 pellets. I used 3.