Job 30:17 – Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest.
If you suffer from migraines, then you know how debilitating they can be because it lasts for hours or even days. Sometimes you can figure out the triggers and avoid the foods, senses, or objects that set you off. With proper medication given at the onset of the migraine you can prevent the migraine from being out of control. And some medications are taken before a migraine has a chance to start which is affective.
Now let’s talk about a different kind of migraine – Trigeminal neuralgia. According to mayoclinic.org in their article, “Trigeminal neuralgia,” 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.
Though a common migraine can be prevented at times or lessened with medication and staying in a dark room, trigeminal neuralgia can’t be prevented easily because the trigger can be as light as a breeze that touches your face of a stray hair. It also can last only a few minutes and then you may think it’s gone, but then it appears a short time later, lasts for a few minutes or a handful of seconds. It can come on and off even a hundred times a day. The key difference with trigeminal neuralgia is that it hits fast, goes away and comes back.
Pain occurs in areas supplied by the trigeminal nerve, including the cheek, jaw, teeth, gums, lips, or less often the eye and forehead. Getting to the right doctor is key. Doctors can effectively manage trigeminal neuralgia with medications, injections or surgery.
The article above discloses the causes, triggers, how it’s diagnosed and methods of treatment such as anticonvulsants, Botox injections, and surgery.
Though walking down, the road of continual bumps and bruises, there is hope. Though the gnawing pains never rest, God will sit beside you and hold your hand and provide you with his comfort.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.