I don’t have a fear of the dentist as some people do, just that I know that the minute she asks me to open wide, is the start of my pain soaring.
I haven’t actually needed any dental treatment for years. So she does a check-up, then a clean. The clean is a nightmare. She is a lovely dentist and tries her hardest not to hurt me, but inevitably she does. She even tells me to put my hand in the air if I need to stop for a break. My fists clench up, my toes curl, but I try to resist putting my hand in the air. It has to be done, so better just getting it over with.
But yesterday, she told me I needed a filling. An old filling on my BAD side is needing replaced. I think my heart sank when she said those words.
Just from the clean, my face got more and more painful last night. Today, it is even worse. I knew that would be the case....it is always the same. But now I have to go back to get that filling in a few weeks time. It honestly scares the living daylights out of me.
I know it has to be done. If it’s not, it will only make matters worse and end up causing an infection. But, oh, I really wish I could just ignore it.
However, after she had treated me yesterday, she said that my TN is unusual, because most people’s TN just affect the bottom jaw.
This is NOT true. This is why so many people are going undiagnosed for so long. The very people who should know about the subject, don’t.
This is why we need more awareness about Trigeminal Neuralgia. It is bad enough that ‘normal’ people know little or nothing about it, but medical professionals also know so little.
This has to change. We will never advance in the treatment of TN until this change takes place.
No matter where we are from, or what language we speak, I think it is safe to say that we all want the same thing.....an end to Trigeminal Neuralgia.
I can only hope that one day that can happen.