After seeing numerous medical professionals in her hometown for a stabbing pain in her face, Amy Abts was referred to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. At Mayo Clinic, Amy saw a neurologist who diagnosed her with Trigeminal Neuralgia, a rare condition named for the three-part (trigeminal) nerve. It is this nerve that delivers sensations to the face.
To get the pain under control, her neurologist tried a couple different medications. When the medications did not work, her neurologist and a neurosurgeon determined the best option was a surgical procedure called a Microvascular Decompression. The surgical procedure consisted of separating the nerve and blood vessels and inserting a Teflon plate between them to alleviate the pressure.
In the following video, Amy talks about her visit to Mayo Clinic and her diagnosis and successful treatment of trigeminal neuralgia.
To learn more about Trigeminal Neuralgia, visit: http://www.mayoclinic.org/trigeminal-neuralgia/