Taking the shooting pain away
Unbearable and excruciating…………it comes in sudden waves, leaving the person grimacing in agony.
Just as it comes, it will leave, but the very fear of recurrence is debilitating.
The descriptions vary – like a lance hitting the face; sharp and shooting; and as if an electric shock has struck the jaw.
It is Trigeminal neuralgia (TN).
For 20 long years, H.D. Patrick, an electrician, living in Battaramulla had to live with it.
From one doctor to another he went but to no avail.
“Uhulanna beri, ivasanna beri, amaruvak thibbe. Dath kekkumata wediya daha gunayak wedei,” he says, explaining that it was unbearable and 10 times more than a toothache.
The pain was on the right side of his face, above the nose and below the eye. He could not eat, taking blended food and he could hardly talk.