Woman battles rare Trigeminal Neuralgia disease

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Imagine excruciating pain caused by opening the freezer, or by listening to music. Those effects come from a disease known as Trigeminal Neuralgia, or TN.

The National Institute of Health reports Trigeminal Neuralgia affects 12 out of every 100,000 people per year -- and is more common in women than in men.

FOX's Kriti Capel introduces us to Meghan Pece, a woman from northeastern Ohio who lives in fear of her next attack.More information about Trigeminal Neuralgia is available from Mayo Clinic and the Facial Pain Association.


  • Miss

    I thought reporters are actually suppose to read up on what they are reporting about. There are numerous treatments for TN other than drugs. My husband struggled with TN for years and was on and off drugs between procedures. Morphine never worked for his pain at all. There’s Rhizotomy injection to numb the nerve, Gamma knife that blasts the nerve with radiation. He had both of them and finally Microvascular Decompression two years ago and has been pain-free, drug-free since. This woman needs to see a good neurosurgeon. We went with Hershey Med but I’m sure there are places closer to her that do these procedures.

  • Kenya Nelson

    I am suffering from TN also. There are so many options out here to relieve the pain. I am having the Micro Vascular Decompression Surgery in a week and have heard nothing but great things about it. I hope she finds a good neurosurgeon soon!!

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