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Letters: Rare disorder causing concern

The worst pain you have ever felt...you are a perfectly healthy individual one day, and then you brush your teeth or wash your face and you have stabbing pain in your face. You think you might have an abscessed tooth or teeth. The pain becomes un...

The worst pain you have ever felt...you are a perfectly healthy individual one day, and then you brush your teeth or wash your face and you have stabbing pain in your face. You think you might have an abscessed tooth or teeth. The pain becomes unbearable. You finally cannot stand the pain. In the ER in Park Rapids you were lucky enough to get Dr. Churchill who diagnosed you immediately, and you were given the appropriate medication. You have just been diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, a rare disorder that affects one in 20,000 people. Trigeminal neuralgia or "suicide disease" is the most painful disorder known to mankind.

My husband has trigeminal neuralgia. There are seven people (two are deceased) that we know of that have this disorder that have lived in Osage or Park Rapids. Are there anymore out there? What is causing this outbreak of this disorder? If you have this disorder, please contact Connie Henderson at 573-2409. I am hoping that no one new calls, but in case you do, you will find some hope and strength with others who understand your pain. Perhaps we can form a support group.

Connie Henderson

Osage

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