Celebrities are people just like us; therefore, they can be affected by the same illnesses affecting us including trigeminal neuralgia.
So if you experience some pain when brushing your teeth, speaking, or chewing then you’re not alone. A number of celebrities have spoken about their struggle with this condition.
Trigeminal neuralgia triggers intense pain resembling electric shock affecting one side of your face.
This chronic pain condition can be long-lasting and is common among folks over 50 years old.
Many people have managed the condition with painkillers and brain surgery. Some of the celebrities that have been affected by trigeminal neuralgia include:
1. Salman Khan
Salman Khan has openly talked about being diagnosed with this condition in 2007.
He had experienced the pain for about 4 years and used some medication to manage it.
But after the pain on his jaw became unbearable, he decided not to dismiss it anymore and look for further medication.
So he underwent a nerve surgery in the U.S. in 2011.
2. Christy Toye
What seemed like an earache, back in 2012, developed into a serious condition that made life hard for Christy Toye, the All Ireland footballer.
It was so bad that he didn’t know whether to stand or sit. He struggled to work during the day and sleep at night.
In fact, putting on his gear was a problem and a slight breeze can trigger this aching sensation.
Toye was later diagnosed with this condition and treated.
3. Author Melissa Seymour
Seymour, the popular author and entrepreneur, was diagnosed with this condition in 2009.
She underwent a surgery to fix it, but it was unsuccessful.
Unfortunately, she contracted meningitis which worsened the condition. She underwent another surgery 18 months later and it was a success.
4. Gloria Steinem
Another author that has undergone this condition is Gloria Steinem, the author of the top seller book titled “My Life on the Road.”
She survived the pain for a very long time, thanks to the condition being misdiagnosed by doctors for a number of years.
Luckily, it was diagnosed and she finally got the treatment she needed to survive.
5. Prime Minister William Gladstone
It’s believed that the British Prime Minister’s symptoms of headache and neuralgia were signs of this condition.
He experiences intermittent pain at varying times; particularly when it is cold or windy.
6. Charlotte Chilton
Lovers of The Traitor UK know and love Charlotte for her role in the second season of the reality TV show.
Charlotte left her job to participate in this competition with the hopes of winning. The star recently shared that she suffered from trigeminal Neuralgia and didn’t want to live anymore.
Charlotte told Metro.co.uk, that she didn’t know when the condition would worsen.
She was able to manage the condition with painkillers, but sometimes it was unbearable.
Luckily, it was diagnosed on time and she underwent a brain surgery in her 20s.
- Celebrities who’ve Had Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
- Celebrities With Mitochondrial Disease
- Celebrities with Somatic Symptom Disorder
- Celebrities Who Have Had Spasmodic Dysphonia
Pain can make it almost impossible for us to function, but that didn’t stop the above celebrities.
Salman Khan has to use medication to survive and feature in some of the best Bollywood movies of all time.
For some folks, misdiagnosis has resulted in them suffering for even more years. But with proper treatment and surgery you can get better in no time.