In the summer of 2009 I developed a slight pain in my left temple. It progressively got worse and more painful to the touch. By autumn it got really bad. It got to the point that it was always in pain without it being touched and when it was touched it was like having lightning run through my face.
I went to the university’s medical center and they really had no idea what was happening and they kindly took my $90 for the visit and told me to go to another doctor’s office (let’s just say I wasn’t too happy about that). I went to my old family doctor’s office back in Richmond, VA and the doctor told me I had trigeminal neuralgia. It took me a while to say it and learn to spell it but he was kind enough to explain the situation to me. The trigeminal nerve is located by the temple and has three other nerves branches coming out from it; one to the lower jaw, another to the cheek area, and the other towards the eye. I was also interested to find out that this condition is most common in middle-aged women, I considered myself to be the lucky one.