I have been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Trigeminal Neuropathy after a needle injury (differs from Trigeminal Neuralgia as my pain is constant and causation was trauma to the nerve) and I have been in constant pain for over 15 months now. I never knew constant 24/7 pain existed, that no medication could help, in this day and age!! Especially from something as small as a needle injury. Nothing can be done for me surgically, medication is my only option, but it isn't very effective, not to mention the side effects.
How do people in pain keep a positive outlook on life? All I can think about is the average age of death for a woman is 86 years old, I am now 35, that would mean 51 years of pain ahead of me. I am in despair thinking about the first sensation I feel in the morning and the last at night is pain. My future's looking bleak, I am off work sick and my career is in tatters. I feel terrible for all the suffering I am putting my fiancé and family through. I have lost friends. I need help, support and some light at the end of the tunnel. Any advice?