Last weekend I had been suffering greatly, and even that is an understatement. All three branches of my trigeminal nerve on my right face were aching constantly. My nose was set to a permanent state of burning cold. My zygomatic arch and brow just ached so much my eyelids were significantly more closed than usual. There’s a continuation of the first branch that I didn’t know about until it shot up from my eyebrow straight up my forehead. Ouch, right?
Then there was my third branch, the one that goes down my mandible. The usual hole was being eaten into my jaw, and then I had burning aches in my chin, up my jaw, the works.
The pre-branched part of my trigeminal nerve wasn’t letting the branches one up it either, it was screaming pain, making it very difficult to put my glasses on, and woe betide me should anything graze the side of my face!
Because of all this, my fibromyalgia was up. I was incredibly stiff in the morning, and very painful to move around, all the way up until the early afternoon. Everything was giving me hell.
For the rest of that day, my right trigeminal nerve was deeply confused, sending waves of peace, followed by crawling burning ache, then stabbing pain. But I was getting peace. I myself was pretty out of it so I spent the day doing not much at all and went to sleep early.
Day one after acupuncture was bliss. My third branch wasn’t doing anything. This is the one that’s been eating away my jaw almost since my trigeminal neuralgia kicked up a notch in June. It was gone. My first branch across my brow ridge was aching, but nothing like before. I could actually think again! I had no shooting pains, nothing.
Day two after acupuncture was also pretty rad. A little bit more pain was coming through, but not much. The pre-branching trigeminal nerve was aching a bit, my brow was still aching, but that was about it.
Day three after acupuncture things are sadly getting back to almost normal. The pre-branching trigeminal nerve is hurting a lot, my brow is aching up to the middle of it, my jaw is being eaten away, and my nose is starting to turn to ice. I don’t think it’s as bad as it was before, pain wise, but it’s still debilitating enough that I’m just wanting to go back to sleep (instead I’m just about to quaff my third coffee in 1.5 hours – STUDY STOPS FOR NO ONE).
Still, this was a fantastic experiment. It shows to me that acupuncture can have a serious positive affect on my trigeminal neuralgia. I’ll report all of this to my acupuncturist on Monday when I see him next and we shall try something else. We’re just going to keep going to see what sticks!