A friend of mine asked me recently why am I on a blogging hiatus? I’m still blogging but been busy at work and managing my two blogging teams for the past several months.

Don’t worry, I’m a-ok! Coping from Trigeminal Neuralgia for weeks already while there’s a pandemic around.

On February 17, 2020, I woke up with a massive headache. At that time, I recovered from mild fever and colds. For hours, I refused to take a pain reliever and thought it’s a typical migraine that always occurred to me once in a while.

I’m turning 40 this year. Aside from having asthma and glaucoma (left eye) since birth, scoliosis for the past 10 years, and now trigeminal neuralgia.

I noticed that it’s not a migraine or ear infection. I experienced massive pain from the left half of my face. It always triggers whenever I ate chocolate or drank cold soft drinks.

Six days after, on a Sunday morning, I took a break from my usual routine at work and decided to visit my doctor who is an ENT specialist. When I visited a well-known clinic located inside a mall near my place, the receptionist told me that the doctor is accepting 10 patients that day.

I took a chance to inquire in Commonwealth Hospital and Medical Center which is walking distance from the mall. I went to the clinic and good riddance there’s an available doctor. Before going for a check-up, I was planning to visit the emergency room because of a series of massive facial pain. Frightened over the symptoms that I read online, the reliever of my doctor told me that I have trigeminal neuralgia.

As the doctor told me: “Dahil nagkasipon ka after ka nilagnat…” I was shocked when I found out about the result.

In case you’re wondering what is trigeminal neuralgia. According to Mayo Clinic, it is a chronic pain condition that affects theĀ trigeminal nerve, which carries sensation from your face to your brain.

In my case, there’s always a massive simulation half of my face whenever I drank something cold or ate a slice of chocolate cake triggers jolt of excruciating pain from head to jaw.

Trigeminal neuralgia medical cross-section anatomy vector illustration diagram with facial neural network and pain areas.Head neurology scheme with ophthalmic, maxillary and mandibular branches. Photo from Universite de Tours

 

Two weeks ago, I woke up around 2 am which is the worst facial pain that occurred to me for two consecutive days. Trying to ease the pain, I was able to take medicine before going back to sleep.

I’ve been under medication since last month. Frequent visits to the hospital for follow-up check-up taking a toll on my life. There was a time that I dozed off almost every day because of the effect of one of my medicines that my doctor gave me.

A day before the community quarantine implemented in Metro Manila, my doctor told me that the reason why I got trigeminal neuralgia because of my allergic rhinitis.

I’m taking one step at a time to recover. I’m getting better every day from the medicines that Dr. Eli gave me last week. Too bad, I wasn’t able to visit the clinic a few days ago due to the COVID-19 scare.

No more milk tea and chocolate bars intake for me for now but hopefully, I can eat sweet pastries and drink my fave milk tea flavor soon.

It will be weeks or months that I will be ongoing recovery. Still under medication from TN. Hope to feel better soon.

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Christian Melanie Lee is a freelance social media manager, chatbot builder, and web developer. She is managing her other blogs under food, music/concert, and Hallyu niche. In 2018, she had her stint as The Itchyworms' social media manager which lead her to do music photography in her spare time.