We all carry heavy loads, and I know that some of your loads are far heavier than mine, so this isn’t intended as a “Woe Is Me” post (though it may sound like it).
I have Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) and am under a full-fledged attack. It is also known as The Suicide Disease and for good reason. The pain is so bad that I can see why people would do anything to make it end. By the way, Cluster Headaches are a different malady but are also known as The Suicide Disease.
I was diagnosed with TN about 6-12 months ago. The latest attack started late Monday night and has been unrelenting and intensifying. If anything touches one or more lower teeth on the left side of my jaw it creates what feels like a giant electric shock on the left side of my skull that lasts for quite a while. And when I say anything, I mean ANYTHING. Air, teeth touching when I close my jaw (and they are supposed to touch when the jaw closes), liquids, food, my tongue, etc. So it only hurts when I breath, eat, drink anything, well, you get the idea. A soggy Rice Krispie touched it this morning and I thought my head was going to explode. And the pain from hundreds of jolts per day lingers so it feels like non-stop intense pain. (OK, I guess this is turning into a “Woe Is Me” post. I apologize!).
I share this with you because many of you have become friends and I believe that friends should share important things in life with each other. I also want you to know because the pain is so bad that it is likely to severely reduce the number and quality of my posts, and the turnaround time on responding to your questions or comments, and your posts. I may also reply sharply at innapproporiate times. I apologize in advance in case I do. If it happens, please know that it is the pain talking.