What a blessing that I am more of a writer than speaking. Then when I am in the middle of a Trigeminal Neuralgia attack, my psyche isn’t highly offended when I become nonverbal due to pain. I am thankful that TN often is quiet. It may be not be quiet today, but it could be so much worse!
This disease, TN, is why I avoid triggering. Things like eating and blinking (don’t underestimating it) may be non-negotiable, but many others are. I have several triggers for TN, and often do avoid those things. When TN started about 7 years ago, the pain was horrible. I am so thankful for remission, that very few get to experience. God has been so good to me, and has been my ever-present help every step of the way. He’s good – even when the zaps continue to come on… I am thankful for the reminder of how blessed I am. Many with TN experience pain far worse than I do on my worst day. Unlike most with TN, I don’t have to change to a “soft food” diet very often. I am today, but it is rare.
I have Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia. Meaning, different branches can be affected. The pain itself can vary in severity and where it is, because it is Atypical and not classic – type 1 TN. I am thankful it is only on one side of my face today. I know God has been taking care of me all day long, and He will continue to do so.
We need to pray for those suffering with TN. It is very difficult to face a disease of this magnitude and remain hopeful.