Supporting National Charity for 'killer' pain

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12 Jun 2018
Rt Hon Dame Rosie Winterton, MP for Doncaster Central is helping to raise awareness of Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN), where any facial movement such as talking or smiling, for example, or even light touch to the face can bring on jolts of agonising pain.

Thankfully, TN is a relatively rare condition, thought to affect an estimated 60,000+ people in the UK.  It renders almost all the pleasurable things in life - eating, drinking, chatting, laughing, or kissing a loved one - difficult if not sometimes impossible.  Often, the gentlest breeze outdoors, air conditioning or even just the slightest movement of walking can bring on a sudden attack of pain in the face, just like a huge electric
shock.  It is described as like being repeatedly jabbed in the face with a cattle prod.

Normal painkillers, even morphine, have no effect on TN and the side effects of the anti-epileptic drug treatments can be intolerable.  People with TN live in constant fear of another attack and can become isolated and withdrawn. 

Sufferers, are often not able to continue working and yet cannot claim benefits due to the unpredictable nature of the condition, for which there is no known permanent cure.  It is hoped by raising awareness of the condition, its financial costs in terms of misdiagnosis, incorrect treatment, lost working time and disruptions to family stability, that more can be done to relieve suffering and the life-changing consequences of this debilitating condition.


Rosie Winterton MP for Doncaster Central
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