Once upon a time, in a time of the time of times….in fact just in the last few weeks a lovely woman of around 80 years of age has been coming for help with chronic pain, and she has kindly agreed that I can tell you her story here. To keep this confidential we will call her Penny. The pain is in one side of the face and is known as Trigeminal neuralgia, and she has had it for 8 years, which is not uncommon in this infamously very painful condition.
Penny has had 2 operations to “damage” the nerve which has given some relief, and she is also taking drugs to mask the pain. However she was still getting some very painful episodes that will last all day, often triggered by eating and by being outside in the wind, and also just by talking. She describes an attack as so severe that it makes her cry, and all she wants to do is have a cuddle from her daughter or her husband. Penny can only eat really soft foods like mashed potatoes and soup, and wears a scarf when she goes outside, even in the summer.
In a situation like this we have to take great care not to make matters worse and so go very carefully with the Acupuncture. We choose just a few points on the painful area of the face, and some in the hands and feet and leave the needles in for 30 minutes. Penny was keen to tell me how afraid she has become of the pain coming back. She has soreness everyday, which can vary in intensity, but it is when the pain gets triggered into an attack that she has been living in fear of. Because of this fear and anxiety I decided that it would be lovely to include some mindfulness meditation with the Acupuncture, and so we have now completed 5 treatments. Penny invariably falls into a dreamy sleep when we do the meditation which is lovely, and her daughter also has enjoyed joining in.
I am very happy to report that Penny has just returned from her holidays by the sea, and has had no painful episodes at all, and was even seen out and about on the front without her scarf around her, in spite of a cool evening breeze. Penny is starting to feel much more relaxed about pain, no longer living in fear. Her lovely daughter, who has been bringing Mum along to the clinic for her treatments, has also reported that she is chatting away a lot more too.
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