Raising Awareness for Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia (ATN) - Black Hills 100 Race Training
As I mentioned yesterday, I will be running the 50 Mile race in the Black Hills 100 to raise awareness for Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia (ATN).
Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia (ATN) - What Treatments are Available? (Surgery)
The goal of surgery is to stop the blood vessel from compressing the trigeminal nerve, or to cut the nerve to keep it from sending pain signals to the brain. Surgical procedures are performed under general anesthesia, involve opening a hole in the skull (called a craniotomy), and require a 1 to 2 day hospital stay.
Microvascular decompression (MVD) is a surgery to gently reroute the blood vessel from compressing the trigeminal nerve by padding the vessel with a sponge. A 1-inch opening is made in the skull behind the ear, called a craniotomy. This opening exposes the trigeminal nerve at its connection with the brainstem. A blood vessel (occasionally a tumor) is often found compressing the nerve. After the nerve is freed from compression, it is protected with a small Teflon sponge (Fig. 4). The sponge remains in the brain permanently.
MVD provides immediate pain relief in 95% of patients . About 20% of patients have pain recurrence within 10 years. The major benefit of MVD is that it causes little or no facial numbness. The major disadvantages are the risks of anesthesia and of undergoing an operation near the brain.
Black Hills 100 - 50 Miler Race Training: http://blackhills100.com
Following is a summary of my running before deciding to run this race to raise awareness for Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia (ATN) and as a fundraiser for my great friend Mitch Simmons, and after...
One month of training to go!!! (note: had an injury in January that sidelined me from running for most of January, February and early March)