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I had been suffering from TN for a number of years and it is triggered by changes in temperature, cold air blowing on my face and cold weather generally. All of the different medications available either gave me very unpleasant side effects or were not effective. Research about surgery options and possible complications made me anxious, but I agreed with my GP to see a consultant. Whilst waiting for my appointment, I decided to try Acupuncture and booked my first visit in September 2014.
I was seen by a qualified physiotherapist/acupuncturist and she did a combination of soft tissue manipulation and acupuncuture. Since then I have had 8 appointments, gradually extending the gap between treatments and I can count on one hand the occasions when I have felt only discomfort and not the debilitating pain, dizziness and queasiness that has forced me to bed. I am now able to do the soft tissue manipulation to my neck when I feel discomfort to stop the pain. My physio expects to carry out only the occasional acupunture treatments in future to act as a 'top-up'. This was the best decision I could have made and I wished that I had tried this years ago. (Needless to say - I cancelled my appointment with the consultant). I would like to thank Nicky Hignett (Physiotherapist), Nuffield Hospital, Leicester. This has transformed my life. I have enjoyed walks with my family on the coldest of winter days for the first time in years! I would urge anyone to try this option as an alternative to a lifetime of medication and / or possible surgery.
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