I had been suffering from Trigeminal Neuralgia (TGN) from 2007 onwards. Several allopathic specialists were consulted and the only option was pain killer medications. I gathered the impressions that there is no treatment for this affliction. I started with Carbamazepine tablets (Controlled or Extended release) dosage of 200 mg, twice a day. As months and years rolled on, the dosage was increased to 400 mg twice a day. I was told that, I could go upto 3600 mg per day!! The prospect of a life long regimen of steady poisoning of my system did not appeal to me at all. But I had no choice. TGN used to appear at most inconvenient of times – morning while brushing the teeth, while eating or even during conversation.
I came across and ‘ad’ on cure for TGN through Acupuncture sometime in March 2014!! I enrolled for the treatment – 12 sittings total in a frequency of 3 sittings per week, each sitting being about 30 minutes. The treatment commenced from March 19th, 2014. After about 8 sittings for so, there were two interruptions – one due to a urgent personal business and another due to illness not linked to TGN!! So my treatment was extended. In all I attended about 20 or 22 sittings.
As the treatment was drawing to a close, I could sense gradual improvement. However, I was advised not to discontinue the medicines for some more time. I was told that my system is accustomed to the medication for about 7 years and sudden withdrawal will not be a correct step. As I write this note in the beginning of July, 2014, I feel I have left the severe pain of TGN behind!! Occasionally TGN does make an appearance but in a very mild form and that too quite infrequently. This has encouraged me to consider reduction of dosage of painkillers. I intent to taper it of in slow steps in the very near future.