October 7 – Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day

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I can probably guess that a number of you have never heard of Trigeminal Neuralgia. Well, that changes today.

According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, Trigeminal Neuralgia is a chronic pain condition that affects the trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain. If you have trigeminal neuralgia, even mild stimulation of your face — such as from brushing your teeth or putting on makeup — may trigger a jolt of excruciating pain.

They are exactly right, it causes EXCRUCIATING PAIN! How do I know? I’ve watched my sister battle this disease for the last 2 years. When she was first diagnosed, in March 2013, it was unbearable to watch. She lost over 50 pounds because she couldn’t eat or drink anything. She could only sip enough water to swallow pain medicine that didn’t work. Yet today, she is a living testimony. Yes, she is still living with this horrible disease but she is LIVING! 12115658_10200831219019806_2516033010734255112_n

There is no cure for this disease but there is HOPE and HELP. Her help come in the form of God, faith, prayer, family and friends and a doctor by the name of Dr. Robert Mericle in Nashville, TN. On December 17, 2013, he performed her MVD surgery that has since given her 85-90% relief. She is back working and has resumed her day-to-day functions. Praise the Lord.

Yes, she still has numbness on her right side, some pain that she lives with daily but she will tell anybody that she is still fighting. (It’s evident by the tattoo on her arm) 11028007_10206329171766926_8532129935363311425_n

 

Trigeminal Neuralgia is a silent disease and a person who suffers with it doesn’t look sick but that doesn’t negate the fact that they are. This is a horrible disease and if your child, spouse, friend or family member is suffering with it; SUPPORT THEM. Don’t look at them with pity, pray! Don’t tell them there is nothing wrong, there is. Don’t act like they are overreacting, they need too. This disease affects the nerve and although the doctors are quick to prescribe pain meds, they can’t stop nerve pain. Research for yourself! Be informed.

I am grateful everyday that my sister is still here with me and I will go to the ends of the earth to get her the help she needs. If you know someone who is suffering with this disease, help them. Become aware today.

Trigeminal Neuralgia is known as the suicide disease but it doesn’t have to be for your loved one! Support them! Help them! Love on them! Get them to somebody who can give them some relief! It’s available. Don’t allow anyone to tell you otherwise!

–I am my sister’s keeper!
Be blessed y’all
Lakisha

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One thought on “October 7 – Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day

  1. It was because of nothing I’ve done…only by the grace of God!! I am a living testimony willing to tell whoever that will listen that while you may have this condition disease or sickness it doesn’t have to have you!! The devil is mad everyday my feet touches the floor because he surely thought I would become a statistic once the pain became unbearable but he was a lie then and is still one today!!

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