Taking the shooting pain away
Consultant Neurosurgeon Dr. Jayantha Liyanage
Some doctors gave him tablets and he would carry them in his wallet and pop them every four hours.
He also kept the alarm every night and swallowed tablets four-hourly.
Four years ago, two doctors suggested that he see Consultant Neurosurgeon Dr. Jayantha Liyanage who reassured him……
“Baya wenna epa. Mama operation ekak karannam.” (Don’t be frightened. I will perform an operation.)
More women than men are hit by this devastating pain, MediScene learns and to find out what this ailment which is murmured about fearfully, we sought out Dr. Liyanage whose skill and technique have helped provide relief to many.
“TN is one of the most or even the ‘most’ agonizing pain a person can suffer,” says Dr. Liyanage, explaining that this “lancinating type of severe pain affects one side of the face”.
Painkillers “hariyanne ne”, is his verdict, as he says that initially, the pain may be trivial or feel like a numbness of the face, progressing to extreme severity, very quickly.
The sufferer, because of the severity, duration and frequency of the pain, feels that life is not worth living, according to Dr. Liyanage. In its wake will follow severe anxiety, affecting even the person’s hygiene, work and life.