Hey Jen— thanks much for the prompt response, and thanks for clarifying! First, to briefly give you a better picture of my experience: I am sure I could NOT have gone 12 yrs with constant pain! My symptoms were such that one never knew when the spasms would occur. Gee, how best to describe? They would always be changing—whether in intensity, duration, time of day or nite, number of spasms each day or nite, location (always on left side of head/face, mainly cheek by ear.
They might occur for two weeks, then be off for a week or two or for three months, but not so long off after the first few years; they might occur every 3 minutes (honest) for six hours in bed at nite, during the last few years; especially painful ones might occur but four times a day; the afternoons for some reason were generally and mostly pain-free til i went to bed, being awakened with jolt, for such apparent reasons as unconsciously biting my lip, moving my tongue, moving suddenly in the course of a rather active dream. Well, you get the picture, friend.
Increase in the intensity of spasms brought me to the realization I could not avoid drugs any longer about a year ago; but my 200mg/twice daily is apparently wearing off, hence my present day exploration.
So, to make sure I hear you: after 14 years, in August, the painful spasms returned; in 14 years, after the first, you’ve only had the recent ‘needle’ procedure; you continue to maintain the same drug dosages.
And, please tell me, during that 14 years or recently as your body’s undergoing a re-settling, do you/have you received occasional ‘warnings’, little nerve blips, that weren’t painful but maybe scary to a mind that has learned to live with the fear of pain?
I appreciate your sharing so very much. And, if you would like to exchange by email directly, please let me know. Best for you!