As some of you know, I developed a condition known as Trigeminal Neuralgia, in which the trigeminal nerve is injured by nearby blood vessels at the base of the skull, resulting in a "short-circuit" to the facial muscles, giving electric-like shock and pain, described as "the most painful condition known to mankind."
One of the drugs used to prevent this short circuit from occuring is Tegretol, which I have been taking, and which is also used to prevent seizures on the same theory.
I have been taking about 400 mg per day, sometimes a little more. One of the side effects of Tegretol for me is drowsiness and lethargy, so I take just as little as possible. When I start to feel that terrible tingling around my eyes and face, I pop 1/2 of a pill, trying to walk that fine line between the benefits of the Tegretol, the pain of the condition, and the side-effects of the Tegretol.
Anyway, it does tend to slow down my biking considerably, but I still get out and can do 15-20 miles.
I am scheduled for an MRI (I got terrible claustrophobia on the one I tried last week) next Tuesday to see exactly what is going on, and will see a brain surgeon in late October. Most likely, but not for sure, I will have brain surgery to repair that wearing and touching of that nerve by the blood vesel and they put a Teflon patch in to help prevent further irrititation. This operation is 85-90% successful.
Just to update my friends at Bike Forum.