Immediate pain relief after MVD

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Hi, please can anyone who has already had an MVD tell me if the pain relief

from TN is immediate, or does it take a while before you notice it?

Also looking online at people's scars they look quite big, about a 4inch curve

behind the ear. I was under the impression that they were quite small after

reading the hole they made in the skull was only the size of a penny. Can

someone more informed let me know.

As you can probably tell I am starting to realise how ill informed I am. These

are questions I didn't think to ask at my last appointment. I was so relieved

that they were hopefully going to rid me of this horrible pain my brain was

doing a happy dance instead of asking questions!

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    My pain relief was immediate. Other than the incision, the TN pain was gone and is still gone 8 months later. The incision itself is a solid 4 inches long but once your hair grows back, you won't notice it. The size of the hole is actually more like a quarter to half dollar but regardless, you won't even feel that after healing up.

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      Hi Colin, thanks for your reply. I thought that was the case. I have my operation

      tomorrow. I can't wait to be able to touch my face and it won't hurt. I think

      after TN pain the incision pain should be easier to deal with. I'll let you


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      Oh that's soon! Good luck, you'll be fine. The incision pain is nothing, believe me. That's not to say there won't be other pains, but if you have had TN for a while, not much really stands toe to toe with THAT kind of pain.

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    Like colin04561, my pain relief was immediate, and I still have no pain 6 months later. No meds either. You'll likely have some difficulty hearing in one ear for 2 or 3 weeks, as if there is water in it, and you'll probably have some facial numbness that gradually goes away over a period of months. I can't recommend this procedure highly enough. Just make sure your surgeon has plenty of experience with this particular operation. Good luck!

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    Clint said is best: it is IMPERATIVE that you have someone with vast experience do this procedure. There are horror stories out there and nearly all of them stem from a well meaning but inexperienced neurosurgeon doing this procedure. You must find the most experienced person you can.
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    Hi, I agree that the pain from surgery is nothing compared to TN pain! The incision is much longer than I thought it would be but I want to raise awareness of TN so the scar will be a reminder of what I endured. Good luck, Mary
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