Anyone dealing with a parent who has this horrible nerve condition?
I've had it. The operation was a total success: Microvascular decompression.
The pain was hideous and unending.
Since my mother is 82, they didn't want to do microvascular decompression. We did get her to a neurosurgeon in Chicago shortly after my post. She had gamma knife surgery. So far it's worked. She's back to her old self again. It's not always a permanent solution, but so far so good.
That's terrific. I had that option but, since I was 60, the surgeon felt I'd do better with the MVD. I'm so happy for her and for you.
Sometimes meds help but neuropathic pain is unlike any other. Lyrica and Gabapentin come to mind. Most medical doctors will prescribe them. All neurologists are familiar with them too.
Mom only gets a little pain once in a while in a tooth instead of the whole side of her face. So far the Gamma Knife surgery is working. She's down to one pill a day instead of 3. She takes Carbitol.