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About the Author

Carol Jay Levy has been, at various times in her life, a hospital volunteer, emergency room ward clerk, a physician's assistant student, a volunteer ambulance attendant and, for over 2 decades, a chronic pain patient.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (September 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413406092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413406092
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazing. I was 29, 3 years ago, when I developed TN. I had a few of the same procedures and doctors as Carol. I also had an MVD, which basically ruined me for a long time.

Anyways, it was nice to hear someone else's tale about the horror of TN. I thought I had a hard case, but Carol is a true inspiration to me. She really went thru a lot and, it turns out, is a wonderful writer!

This was a book based on medical info. But it wasn't boring at all. It was a real page turner. I couldn't put it down and had to finish it in a few days. I plan on loaning it out to others who are dealing with the "fun" of TN issues. Thanks for a fabulous book!
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This book helped me in a sense that I could assure me, "I am not alone."
This book does not offer you the solution/cure to TN.
However, it gave me the warnings for the future medical/legal decisions.
As a TN patient, although the type of TN that I suffer and the type of the TN that the author suffers are different, I have gone through the very similar experiences with dental/medical/legal professionals.
So it was very difficult and relieving for me to know that I was not alone.
This book is good for "Reality Check."
This book gave me a courage to live despite of everything, since now I know that there exists a person who has guts to keep living.
I thank the author.
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Very accurate depiction of this life afflicted with trigeminal neuralgia. Very honest. I appreciate your story. I loved it, buy hated the testimony you received from people who are supposed to help.
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TN started for me in 1979 when I first started feeling a dull ache in the right side of my face which felt like the root canal I recently had done and it was slowly getting worse too. I went back to the dentist and he drilled into the root canal and checked everything out and told me that, the root canal could not possibly be causing my problem. I was now in the beginning stages of spending the next 35 years on a journey that would take me from doctor to doctor, misdiagnosis to misdiagnosis, financial devastation to financial devastation, neglect of my home and family while I nursed the increasing horrible pain that I had never heard of or even experienced. I thought I was the only one in the whole world that had this pain, so I thought I must have to live with it for the rest of my life and I thought at age 29, I did not think I could bear life with this horrible pain. By 1989, I was in so much pain that I laid in bed and screamed and cried and just tried to lay still enough so to not have the pain shoot through my face one more time.

When my child had to have braces for his teeth, I noticed on the receipt that I got that they work with facial pain, so I casually mentioned it to him about my horrible pain that I had been living with for 10 years. He immediately put me in the chair and told me that he could help me and I got braces, I got relief for the first time and then after a year, it all came back and I was devastated. His assistant told me to go to a chiropractor. I did get relief but it always came back if I did not see a chiropractor regularly. I was told I had TMJ and for 29 years, I thought that was the problem but one time a dentist saw me in a full blown attack and he said THAT is not TMJ.
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Book was not the greatest I've read but I was more interested in how Trigeminal Neuralgia was handled in the 70's and 80's. Glad that there are more options now. Author had a lot of good points about her struggle with suicide and I know when you are in so much pain, and nothing is helping, suicide seems like it's the only answer. But it's not the answer so for that reason I gave it 4 stars.
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Excellent Reading. Let me know what not to do with this health challenge. Recommend this reading to all who suffer or know someone who suffer with this challenge
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