Last night I was oddly stricken with a nasty mix of vertigo and tinnitus. I am certain as to what caused this – a nasty bout of trigeminal neuralgia brought on by some dental work the other day. I had some work done on one of my lower molars – just a simple cavity being filled – nothing hard core. This did involve the dreaded Novocaine shots into my cheek and jaw, and even as he was doing it I just knew I was going to pay for this later. Thankfully I was numb for the better part of that day, but as the numbness wore off, I was in agony as the lightning shocks awakened in my face! My eye twitched, my jaw seized, and no amount of ice seemed to keep it calm or long. Lovely.
It had seemed to ease up some yesterday and I thought it safe to finally resume my normal eating habits. I guess I was wrong. I then got the worst pain shooting into my jaw from my ear. My TMJ seized up. Then came the tinnitus – my head whooshed and washed. The dysautonomia kicked in and when I stood up my BP dropped. It got so bad that by dinner time I didn’t even want to stand up from the dinner table! I barely made it to my bed. When I did, I laid down and didn’t move for almost 2 hours.
And then strangely for someone with Diabetes Insipidus who reminds people of that gotta-go-gotta-go-right-now commercials, I didn’t have to go at all the entire night even though I was drinking like a fish. But then, after I take my desmopressin, which is a diuretic and supposed to keep you from getting up all night, I got up about every hour to go to the bathroom. Yes, that means zero sleep for me. And I woke up with a nasty allergy headache (the same I’ve had all week, practically).
I am hoping and praying that my trigeminal neuralgia will stay away today, or at least behave and not get bad like it did yesterday. I need it to start calming down. It hasn’t been this bad in a very, very, very long time. I knew having work done on that right side would trigger it, but I didn’t realize it would be this bad. At least I am done with the dentist! Yay!
For those not familiar with Trigeminal Neuralgia, here is what Wikipedia says about the disease:
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) or tic douloureux(also known as prosopalgia) is a neuropathicdisorder of one or both of the facial trigeminal nerves. It causes episodes of intense pain in any or all of the following: the ear, eye, lips, nose, scalp, forehead, teeth or jaw on one side of the face.It is estimated that 1 in 15,000 people suffer from trigeminal neuralgia, although the actual figure may be significantly higher due to frequent misdiagnosis. TN usually develops after the age of 50, more commonly in females, although there have been cases with patients being as young as three years of age .
TN can bring about stabbing, mind-numbing, electric shock-like pain from just a finger’s glance of the cheek or spontaneously without any stimulation by the patient. It is often dubbed “The Suicide Disease” in newspapers and media, as many people who suffer from it for a long time end up committing suicide.