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Trigeminal Neuralgia Sucks

About 2-3 weeks ago I started feeling an odd sensation in the side of my nose when I’d blow it or rub my face. I didn’t really think anything of it. In typical guy fashion I assumed whatever it was it would go away. How wrong I was. On Monday of last week I found myself in the emergency room with a very intense electical/burning pain that pulsated from my upper right teeth up through the side of my nose and along my cheekbone under my eye. That`s why I contact residential electrician in perth that have the skills and expertise to take care of pretty much any kind of electrical problem on our are. I have honestly never felt pain like that in my life. Needless to say the doctor found absolutely nothing wrong and the pain eventually receded and went away entirely – until the drive home. Since then I’ve seen Houston Sedation Dentistry that was entirely useless and said stuff like “Very interesting” and “I’ve been a dentist for 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like this”. She took an xray, charged me $120 and I’ll not be putting her on my Christmas card list. However she was nice enough to refer me to an oral surgeon. I saw him and he confirmed my self diagnosis that it was very likely Trigeminal Neuralgia and there wasn’t anything he could do. He took this way cool 180 degree xray of my entire jaw just to check for absesses or bone damage etc but found nothing wrong at all but he did offer to book an appointment right there to extract my wisdom teeth for only $500. I took a pass and decided he wasn’t as cool as I thought and then he offered me a bottle of Percoset for the pain and I put him on my Christmas card list. Since then I’ve done a fair bit of research on TN and have decided to pursue chiropractic and acupuncture treatments as opposed to crazy anti-seizure meds or anti-depressants (I’ll just buy more whiskey). The acupuncture is the most promising. I had my first ever treatment on Monday and it was very cool and relaxing. The treatment completely supressed the pain for the duration of the treatment. I’m hopeful that is an indicator that a series of treatments will have a lasting effect. What triggers the pain you ask? Talking, laughing, eating, brushing my teeth – basically anything that makes my lips move and brush against my teeth and gums on the right upper side of my jaw. If I sit very still and don’t move my face around there’s relatively no pain. The fun part is that every so often I get burst of pain that is far worse then what is now normal pain. This burst is what I think it would feel like if I took bar wires and attached them to my teeth and then plugged it into a wall socket for 2 seconds. Groovy. I’ll still be in Las Vegas next week for Pubcon and in Chicago for SES. It’s amazing how fast a person can get used to a certain level of pain and block it out. I expect a certain level of acohol intake will be necessary to manage the those weeks though 😉 Here’s the classic definition along with a picture highlighting my affected area of TN from the TN support website:

TN (Trigeminal Neuralgia / tic douloureux) is a disorder of the fifth cranial (trigeminal) nerve that causes episodes of intense, stabbing, electric shock-like pain in the areas of the face where the branches of the nerve are distributed – lips, eyes, nose, scalp, forehead, upper jaw, and lower jaw. By many, it’s called the “suicide disease”. A less common form of the disorder called “Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia” may cause less intense, constant, dull burning or aching pain, sometimes with occasional electric shock-like stabs. Both forms of the disorder most often affect one side of the face, but some patients experience pain at different times on both sides. Onset of symptoms occurs most often after age 50, but cases are known in children and even infants. Something as simple and routine as brushing the teeth, putting on makeup or even a slight breeze can trigger an attack, resulting in sheer agony for the individual. Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) is not fatal, but it is universally considered to be the most painful affliction known to medical practice. Initial treatment of TN is usually by means of anti-convulsant drugs, such as Tegretol or Neurontin. Some anti-depressant drugs also have significant pain relieving effects. Should medication be ineffective or if it produces undesirable side effects, neurosurgical procedures are available to relieve pressure on the nerve or to reduce nerve sensitivity. Some patients report having reduced or relieved pain by means of alternative medical therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic adjustment, self-hypnosis or meditation. tn.gif

Country 105 Radiothan 2006

It’s that time again. For years now country radio station Country 105 in Calgary AB has been running an annual radiothon to to raise money for the Alberta Children’s Hosptial. This is year 4 of the most successful radiothon in North America. It’s an emotional day to sit and listen all day to the stories of sick kids but it’s encouraging as well to hear about the great work the staff at the Alberta Children’s Hospital are doing and how much they care for the kids.

I’d encourage anybody with some time to tune in to the stream and if you need to catch up on your charitable giving before the end of the year give them a ring at 1-403-802-8700 and donate a few bucks. It’s a great cause.

The Dallas Observer Is The Shit

Someone needs to hire a new copy editor at The Dallas Observer. shits.gif Full article here.

My Favorite Blogspams

I’ve been running Akismet on this blog since day one and it’s been absolutely fantastic at catching blog spam. The false positive percentage has been nearly zero – somewhere in the 0.01% range. I normally sort through the akismet stuff every other day and double check for any errors. I’ve gathered up a few of my favorite spams for your entertainment:

Name: 414020 Blog Verification | URI: http://www.oilman.ca/msn/msn-live-search-adds-linkfromdomain-operator/trackback/ | IP: 82.146.99.181 | Date: October 16, 2006

414020 Blog Verification…

414020…

***I like the use of my own url and that the seem to be trying to verify me. Good stuff.

Name: pqdfxkowrs | URI: http://blog.oipsgubzya.com/zixlukpbve | IP: 201.39.31.3 | Date: October 17, 2006

wnnylnzgkq…

ymjxqtedde jzsrcbbnk mndvsvsc ktmpcaiff …

***Get a ton of these one with all manner of gibberish. Clearly test posting.

dypixau | dypixau@hotmail.com | http://kitchen-things.net | IP: 203.154.224.16

LOL! Realy nice joke :)

***I never joke. This is a deadly serious blog. 😉

quhoilu | quhoilu@hotmail.com | http://kitchen-things.net | IP: 24.239.248.79

Hello, just discovered your lovely domain today today ^^ I love the brightness and the flow of the layouts, keep it up!

***I do have a nice theme and layout but I’m fairly sure they didn’t really see it.

phentermine phentermine | newton223@yahoo.com | http://www.blogpolling.com/cgi-bin/nph-net.pl?uid=2780&id=7302 | IP: 201.245.148.238

phentermine .

***Short and to the point. Good old spam. I like that the blog is already dead too.

gambler | gambling@yahoo.com | http://gambling-06.blogspot.com/ | IP: 89.149.194.20

My gambling site:
http://gambling-06.blogspot.com/

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***Clearly not ready to give up in spite of the new laws. Go man!!

SEORockstars Hacked

I gotta say this is the first time one of my sites have ever been hacked. I especially like the spinning green skull and crossbones. Funny thing is we finally recruited some new bloggers and there was actually some useful content on the site. Check it out here.

Here’s a screenshot for posterity:

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Rand Fishkin and SEOmoz MIA

Anybody heard anything about SEOmoz and Rand? I’m concerned somthing bad has happened. My evidence? No blog post yet today! see? Somebody drive over to his office and see if the lights are on please. 🙂

Successful Blogging Takes Original Thought

I’ve been reading around a lot of blogs lately and come to the conclusion that in order to foster blog readership and comment contribution you need some creative original ideas. So here we go:

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well shit – maybe a good night’s sleep. Tune in tomorrow.

Linkurbation

I have a new favorite linkurbator – Rand Fishkin. I’m probably one of the last people on the planet to add SEOmoz to my feed reader but I’ve been getting some good amusement lately from Rand’s excellent ability to put out some good posts that, IMHO, are purely link bait. Check out these titles:

Luv u Rand – BFF? 🙂

ToddFriesen.com

So I’m doing my usual rambling about on SEO Rockstars tonight and this dude I’ve never met before is hangin in the chat and he pipes up after the show that he just registered toddfriesen.com (my real name for you new to the blog). Yes – totally my bad for not having registered it but it turns out that this is a stand up guy and once he’s had his fun yanking my chain he graciously offers to hand over the domain. Tip of the hat to Modern SEO. That’s class.

Wikiliaty – Hello ColbertNation.com

For any of you Colbert Report fans out there you’ll be well familiar with ColbertNation.com. Colbert mentions them on nearly every show and they have their URL in the credits at the end of the show. Not bad. As an SEO/Viral Marketer that’s the kind of thing I dream of. Tho I suppose I’d actually have to get off my ass and build a real website about something first…

Anyhow…I stop by ColbertNation.com on a fairly regular basis and I definitly wanted to see what they had to say about the whole Wikipedia battle that’s been raging and I was disappointed to see that the site hasn’t been updated since July 28. Where’s the dedication? the love? It seems Avery and Bert missed out covering the best thing Stephen’s done yet. It’s all over the forums but not on the blog. I’d much rather read the blog than wade the ALL CAPS postings of rabid Colbert fans.
That said I will grant that perhaps they are busy with the new forums at ColbertNation.com. Roughly 2 weeks old and already 3329 registered users and over 30K posts. Nicely done.

Somebody mention this blog on a TV show please.