My Pain Has No Cure
- Published on Jan 11, 2019
- During her first semester in college and studying for her finals, a strong and powerful headache hit her. The pain was so bad and lasted all day and night that she was unable to sleep correctly for nearly 2 weeks. What she thought was just stress from studying so much turned out to be a rare and painful disease called Trigeminal Neuralgia.
As a freshman, you want to do well and prove to yourself that you deserve to be at the school you're at and that you can move to the next level in your life. For days, she studied hard trying to remember her lessons and prepare for her exam. At first, she thought her head was hurting from something small like lack-of-sleep or just a minor headache. But later, her headache became worse eventually forcing her to go to the hospital. From the outside, her doctor thought it was dehydration, but after being sent home, the symptoms became worse. Pushing through her finals week, she managed to complete the exams, but at a cost. Her health was not in a state of emergency. She didn't know it at the time, but she had Trigeminal Neuralgia, one of the most painful diseases in the world. Her nerves all around her face and head are extremely sensitive forcing her to feel pain 24hrs/ day. Unfortunately, there is no cure and for most, they'd rather end their life than go through the excruciating pain. Although extremely painful, she continues to fight and hide her pain while in public because no matter how difficult things get, you must fight on.
About the disease:
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. Because of the variety of treatment options available, having trigeminal neuralgia doesn't necessarily mean you're doomed to a life of pain. Doctors usually can effectively manage trigeminal neuralgia with medications, injections or surgery.
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