Dr Miriam Stoppard: Pain condition is so agonising people kill themselves to escape horror
Trigeminal neuralgia sufferers describe the pain as being like a vicious electric shock, or being tortured with a cattle prod in the face
Have you heard of a pain that can lead to death? It’s called trigeminal neuralgia (TN) – a little-known, unpredictable facial pain, which can be brought on just by talking, smiling, laughing or even kissing.
Sufferers describe the pain as being like a vicious electric shock, or being tortured with a cattle prod in the face.
TN can be so agonising that some people would rather kill themselves than face a future living in isolation and misery.
There have been eight “known” suicides associated with the condition in recent years.
Fear of another unpredictable attack, coupled with the debilitating effects of the drugs, causes victims to become withdrawn and isolated.
Eating, drinking, talking and smiling can be unbearably painful.