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"A 74 year old white, European male presented in mid-April,
complaining of excruciating pain and simultaneously with lack
of sensation but with a tingling sensation on the left side
of his face, from just below the left eye to just above the
left half of the lip and posteriorly to just in front of the
left ear. He had this pain in its present form for over 3-1/2
years. He had been diagnosed as having trigeminal neuralgia,
at a very large well-known teaching hospital in the area. He
said the pain had actually been worse and much more excruciating
before he presented to the teaching hospital 3-1/2 years before.
After he was initially evaluated, he was given painkillers
and anti-inflammatory medication, which he reports didn’t
make any difference at all. He was then given stronger medications,
in kind and quantity but made very little difference, and the
difference it made lasted only until the medication wore off.
He said even with this strong medication he could not even splash
water on his face the pain was so severe. A specialist - a neurologist,
specializing in trigeminal neuralgia, then saw him. He was advised
against surgery to “cut the nerve” as the effects
would probably not be isolated and circumscribed to only the
area where the pain was and he could lose sensation to other
areas as well as possibly lose control to some of his muscles
of mastication. He was recommended to have “a radiation
treatment”, he reports with “cobalt”. This
would destroy just the nerve that was conducting the pain and
the pain would go away “safely”. He underwent the
sessions and did indeed improve, to the point where he could
now wash his face; and was able to sleep at night, though with
a light and interrupted sleep.
Upon examination the area of pain was visibly swollen. It was
sensitive to the lightest touch. Vibration from 128 cps tuning
fork was exquisitely painful, “like a cut” and left
a painful “afterimage” that lasted for over 10 seconds.
The other significant finding on visual inspection was extreme
forward flexion of his upper back, forming a slight hump. He
had difficulty lifting his arms above shoulder level. He had
mild weakness in flexing his fingers in his left hand, and mild
weakness in opposing his thumbs in both hands. He went on to
report that the pain had originally started, though not as strong,
after a fall he had in 1969. He took a tumble, head first down
a flight of stairs, and landed on his upper back, and was told
he broke vertebra. The pain in his upper back was severe, but
eventually went away. He gradually noticed as his upper back
improved, that he had a strange sensation in his face. It never
went away, but didn’t get worse until the late 1980s.
The 4th and 5th vertebral spinouses were excruciatingly painful
to palpation. X-rays showed an old compression fracture of the
T4 vertebral body.
In assessing this situation, it would make sense, that the
fall he had played a significant role in producing the pain
of trigeminal neuralgia. More so, that the injury was to some
significant degree active and present, and had not yet fully
healed, and was still contributing to the facial pain and numbness.
He received five, 10 minute sessions, with the QGM (Mind), in
addition to very precise coupled motion chiropractic adjustments
at the base of the neck. Immediately after the first session
he felt relief in pain both in the spine and in his face. He
was able to lift both his arms above his head, and the strength
in finger flexion and thumb opposition improved to a total lock,
with no fatigue upon challenge. Afterwards he reported being
able to sleep full nights with no restlessness, and wakes up
tranquil and refreshed in the morning.
The feeling of tranquility remained with him more often than
not throughout the day. By the third session he had stopped
taking all the medications he was taking for his condition.
(He says that now that he does not have to take these medications,
he realizes they were making him sick and doing more harm than
good). Initially the emphasis of the sessions was on the spine.
Then we also waved the transducer in the vicinity of the facial
outflows of the 2nd and 3rd divisions of the trigeminal nerve
- below the left eye, in front of the ear and around the jaw.
This brought very pronounced relief in pain and the sensation
of pressure he was feeling in the left side of his face. After
the fifth session he was no longer feeling any pain to palpation
in the vertebra in his back. He received a sixth session, this
time with the Infratonic 8.0 (Body), for about 5 minutes, emphasizing
the upper back and neck, and nearly all the active and passive
range of motion returned to his neck.
Upon examination now the face is normally sensitive to touch
and palpation pressure, with no distinguishable difference between
the left and right sides. In addition, vibration, even with
deep goading, with a tuning fork is not sensitive, nor does
it leave an “afterimage” as it had on initial examination.
The face is no longer visibly swollen on the left side. This
gentleman is elated and looking forward to his life and future
again. From the initial session he felt very optimistic and
hopeful, as hope was something he didn’t think he would
ever have again."
Bert Rodriguez-Munnet, DC, Miami, FL
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