Medication vs Surgery

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Has anyone discussed with their Neurologist the benefit of having surgery rather then staying on medication for years?  There is research that suggests waiting for surgery decreases success because the mylen on the Trigeminal nerve gets damaged beyond repair with the repetitive damage. 

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    Dear Shelly,

    I also had Balloon Compression almost 2 years ago and am pain-free.  I did a lot of research and heard the same suggestions you give about about having surgery early.  I had an MVD the first year but it did not take.  However it works for over 90 % of people. I waited two years and then had Balloon Compression which did work.  I am happy with it especially knowing it is an easy surgery and can be repeated.

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    Hi Shelley,

    I have been reading an article from May2014 which is very good . It is a bit long but worth the read. In part it discusses the reasons for using surgery over medications or vice/versa. you can Google in onMedscape article 248933. I had the GKS surgery they mention and it took 6 months to work but at the moment I am pain free

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    no, no do not do the surgery

    i've done that not once even twice, few years ago 

    i've never ever forgot that, the pain that i have that , was not that have it was ok, mine even , it was not TN, he has got wrong diagnose, and done the neuro-surgery, right now i live in hell.

    it is long story. Do not do the srgery for this type of pain                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


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    If your pain is totally unbearable, I suggest surgery ASAP. I waited only because nobody could diagnose me with TN. I diagnosed myself. My "unbearable pain"

    gets me to where I cannot eat, drink, touch lower lip or swallow. Once I can't swallow, then I can no longer take meds & surgery is definitely needed.

    The longer you live with the pain, the worse the nerve gets. Discuss best surgery options with a good neurosurgeon.

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    I think everyone is different so surgery for most folks (borne out through evidence) is going to relieve the pain. It's unfortunate that some folks do not respond to an MVD but overwhelmingly, the surgery is a good thing.

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