My pain initially started about 3 to 4 years ago. I would get pains on the right side of my face that varied from small electric shocks to hot, searing, stabbing pain. The pain was just below my right temple near my jaw. I went to a doctor and they thought it was jaw pain due to my major overbite. I went to an orthodontist and started braces. They wanted me to get jaw surgery due to my age. Once I looked into that, I was like NO!! So I finished the braces and they corrected my overbite. But the pain never went away and was gradually getting worse. At first, I was only getting episodes about twice a year. It soon turned into every few weeks. I spoke to a friend that has trigeminal neuralgia and the symptoms were so similar. I also noticed that I was only getting pain when the cold air hit my face.
Before covid, I was having episodes 2 to 3 times per month, more in the winter months. The AC in the car cannot hit my face, or it's bad. After covid, due to wearing the mask, I started having episodes daily. Eventually 3 to 5 times a day. And it was the hot-searing stabbing pain. I would rate those an 8 or 9. Completely debilitating.
I went to the doctor in April and they did an MRI and diagnosed me with TN. They put me on anti-seizure medication. I used it for 2 days. Terrible stuff. Once I started speaking to Carie and changed my diet a bit, the episodes went down to about once to twice a day, but minor episodes rating at a 4 or 5.
Since the change in diet and taking the supplements, I now have maybe one episode a week at most, ranking about a 3!!