I started with what seemed like a sensitive tooth, but have never had dental issues EVER, other than the usual occasional fillings. Then it disappeared on its own.
The next event, about two years later in May 2006, occurred while eating. It felt like my jaw had unhinged, a lightning bolt was zapping me, and I had some swelling. Off to the ER, they diagnosed a parotid gland obstruction, but nothing showed on MRI. So, they shot me full of IV Dilaudid and sent me home with Vicodin and orders to suck sour hard candy.
After some bouts over this past year, but no swelling whatsoever, I had an excruciating episode on December 23rd, 2007. Back to the ER (oh joy!), where I was given IM Dilaudid, diagnosed with TN, prescribed Lyrica and Vicodin.
For me, Lyrica is a wonder drug! But, alas, it isn't covered by my insurance. My GP put me on Neurontin instead. Didn't work and the side effects were hideous.
So....the final upshot is that I have been represcribed the Lyrica, which we are paying for out of pocket (ouch!), but I feel great!
Good luck and painfree wishes!
Kimberly M. Fowler
Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.
dx'ed w/Parkinson's Disease May 2006 at age 43. Symtpomatic since 1997 or earlier. DBS June 22, 2010
dx'ed w/TN on right side 2007.