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Working When You Have TN

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First, you will need to assess if you can continue to work as you did prior to your illness. If not, you can… Ask your employer for some changes to accommodate your TN Take a short-term leave (either through a work leave policy, the Family Medical-Leave Act (FMLA), or both) for treatment, surgery, or until …

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Mental Health and TN

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Mental health is often described as a person’s overall emotional and psychological condition.  Said differently, it’s the ability to maintain psychological well-being while satisfactorily adjusting to society and the ordinary demands of life. Those individuals facing chronic physical illness may find it difficult to maintain good mental health.  They may also find themselves subject to …

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Emergency Room Visits

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1) Have your list of medications written down so you do not have to speak. 2) Get a letter from your pain management doctor or neurologist documenting that you are formally diagnosed with TN. 3) If you are unhappy the way you were treated (or were not treated): contact the hospital’s patient representative and let …

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Navigating Health Insurance Policy

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Pre-authorization for Medications Insurance companies will at times have pre-authorization requirements for brand name medications or high cost medications. In order to be approved, your physician may need to complete lengthy paperwork documenting your need for that medication. Reasons could include: failure of previous medications in that class or FDA non-approval for off-label use. The …

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Pregnancy and Parenthood

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Pregnancy and trigeminal neuralgia can be an especially challenging combination. Below are some tips from one TN patient on how she survived her pregnancy and the first few years of childhood while managing her pain. Pregnancy The physical and emotional energy required to battle TN can make it a daunting and scary time for someone …

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Still In School? Higher Ed Tips

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College is stressful for most people. Factor in a chronic illness, and you have extra hurdles to face, particularly since stress can often trigger pain. Here are some tips from veterans that will hopefully help you get on the right path to graduation. Planning for College Start looking at colleges early. This way you won’t …

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What Social Life?

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A TN diagnosis can be a big burden on your social life if you let it. The unpredictability of flares can result in having to cancel plans with friends more often than not. And the depression and exhaustion that accompany many medications TN patients take can cause sufferers to feel isolated. Below are some tips …

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Helping Your Relationship Survive Despite Facial Pain

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Relationships with loved ones are complicated and require time, energy, patience, and understanding. All of those become more difficult when facial pain is an added variable. Facial pain can put the best of relationships to a test, and being a young patient can make finding (and keeping) the right partner even more challenging. Facial pain …

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Peter Jannetta, a True Father of Modern Neurosurgery

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