Gamma Knife at St. Joseph Helps End the Pain of Trigeminal Neuralgia

SharonSharon’s friends and co-workers had no idea she suffered from the pain of trigeminal neuralgia. “Everyone just thought I was a really quiet person,” she recalls. “When actually I was afraid to talk, eat or chew gum.” Sharon describes the episodes: “It felt like plugging in an electrical cord and placing it under my tongue,” she says. “It was unbearable.”

Thinking her problem was dental-related, Sharon saw a dentist right away, but nothing was found. When the searing pain returned, she saw her primary care doctor, who diagnosed trigeminal neuralgia and prescribed medication.

Over the course of a decade the dosages had to be continually increased, until she found another solution. Sharon had Gamma Knife surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma in January, 2010. In less than a month, she was weaned from all medication for trigeminal neuralgia. She has been pain-free ever since.

“I am so happy and so blessed,” Sharon said. “I can talk again. I can even chew gum, which I really enjoy. It’s like the pain never happened.”

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