Man, I just get my biking in a real solid pattern, and my body says - hey, you are having too much fun, try this for awhile.
The "this" is trigeminal neuralgia, an EXTREMELY PAINFUL short circuit of the trigeminal nerve at the base of the brain. The myelin gets worn off by a blood vessel sitting on the top of the nerve. It causes the three branches of the trigeminal nerve, which are in the jaw and face to give extremely sharp electric-like shocks to the face.
I had to stop chewing, as each chew was unbearably painful. Every jiggle on my bike caused extreme pain. It has been described as "the most painful experience known to man."
Anyway, I tried one drug, Neurontin, for three days and absolutely no luck. Yesterday, I got the doc to change me to Tegretol, and within two hours, I had some relief, and even ate a meal I could chew.
There are some things that can be done through radiosurgery, and other approaches, which I will explore more fully in the weeks to come. For the time-being, the Tegretol is providing relief, although I still get some tingles. The problem with Tegretol is that it has significant side-effects, including liver damage and a low white cell count.
Anyway, I wanted to find out if anyone else on the NG has trigeminal neuralgia and how they are handling it and biking. I have discovered a TN support group on the INET, but, sadly, no bikers. But, I am going to get out on the bike today, like it or not!!