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Coping with Pain

Strategies for Coping with Pain

Pain is a constant when you are a sufferer of Trigeminal Neuralgia. Medications can help control the pain, and treatments don’t always take all of the pain away, all of the time. Sufferers often experience pain free periods, but can suffer extreme pain anxiety while pain free, in anticipation of a reoccurrence.

Recently our Sunshine Coast Support Group Leader, Nora English, shared her experience about managing pain

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Thought I would share my personal experience of power of positive psychology! I recently had a tooth pulled, due to an abscess, on my TN side. I put this off for 2 years for fear of TN returning as I have been pain free since Jan 2016. Before the procedure I did meditative breathing, during the procedure I was in a meditative state in the ocean at sunrise and the dentist pulling was the ebb and flow of the ocean. I was completely relaxed and all went well. But a few days later TN returned, so I kept telling myself “the nerve is just agitated it will pass” I felt like I was passing into migraine territory so I visited my upper cervical chiropractor. Then I visited a friend who instantly saw the pain in my face and got out her drum for sound healing. I have never tried sound healing before but it was quite extraordinary, I could feel a physical shift of energy and the TN and migraine gone. That was 4 weeks ago and I am still pain free. So yes the power of the mind and our thoughts is critical!

Stay positive”Nora English

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Awareness

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a well-recognized cause of facial pain in the general population.

Trigeminal neuralgia affects about 5 in every 100,000 people. It is more common in women than men and usually affects people between 50 and 70 years old.

Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is a well-recognized cause of facial pain in the general population, although it is a relatively rare condition with a lifetime prevalence of up to 0.3%.

So In Australia that equates to 75,000 people thats three quarter capacity at the MCG.

The Australian Government does not fund any research into this condition, yet up to 75,000 people are left to cope with mis-diagnosis, dental trauma from teeth being removed unnecessarily, coping with a drug regime which is debilitating, and often cannot work.

We want to change the conversation, raise awareness and provide practical help for sufferers and support for carers.

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Our Story: Patrick & Lyn Donnelly

Member Icon - TNA Australia Full MemberIn April we joined the Trigeminal Neuralgia Support Group run by Peter Gough to get more information about the condition which Patrick had been diagnosed with. Patrick started having episodes of facial pain in 2017. We had decided to sell our apartment and move onto our sons property in Mudgeeraba. I had retired following open […]
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2021 Light Up Teal October 7th International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day

Light it up teal for Trigeminal Neuralgia 2021 - Kurilpa Bridge Brisbane

Buildings all around the world Lit up in Teal to raise awareness for sufferers of Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Our Melbourne and Gold Coast Support Groups also posed with a fabulous banner created by one of our members Matthew Puls, whose journey with TN has been extremely difficult and painful.

Light it up teal for Trigeminal Neuralgia 2021
Light it up teal for Trigeminal Neuralgia 2021

In Australia we had bridges and buildings in Brisbane and Perth lit up in Teal and they looked fantastic.

Light it up teal for Trigeminal Neuralgia 2021 - Victoria Bridge Brisbane
Victoria Bridge Brisbane
Light it up teal for Trigeminal Neuralgia 2021 - Treasury Hotel and Casino Brisbane
Treasury Hotel and Casino Brisbane
Light it up teal for Trigeminal Neuralgia 2021 - Kurilpa Bridge Brisbane
Kurilpa Bridge Brisbane
Light it up teal for Trigeminal Neuralgia 2021 - Perth Concert Hall
Perth Concert Hall

We are dedicated to raising awareness for providing support along with working with Medical and Dentistry Professionals to provide better care for all suffers.

Want to make a difference in the life of someone who suffers from Trigeminal Neuralgia? Consider Membership to TNA Australia or a tax deductible donation.

Stay in touch by joining our newsletter – we’ll email a few times during the year with tips on how to best support people who suffer from Trigeminal Neuralgia.