Woman finds hope in struggle with ‘suicide disease’
It is known as the “suicide disease” and is considered to be one of the most excruciating afflictions known to medical science.
Holley Pesina lives with the pain every day.
Trigeminal Neuralgia is a rare chronic pain condition affecting the trigeminal nerve in the face. Simply said, it is facial pain and there currently is no cure. October 7, 2016, is International Trigeminal Neuralgia Awareness Day.
“Trigeminal Neuralgia, at its worst, puts you bed-bound,” Holley said. “You cannot work. You’re on… I was on multiple medications just to keep the pain at bay, and even then I still had pain.”
Holley has struggled with facial pain since she was 16 years old, but she was not diagnosed with TN until she was 23.