RESEARCH TEAM STUDYING GENETIC COMPONENT OF TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA

About eight years ago, Shushanik Abrahamyan began experiencing severe pain in her face. Conventional analgesics seemed to have no effect and doctors in her native Armenia were at a loss as to what was causing it.

When she would go to a party, the pain would commence as soon as the band began to play. She had to leave immediately.

Some physicians thought it might be some kind of severe migraine and her friends and family began to think she might be imagining it. “Nobody took her seriously,” said Abrahamyan’s daughter, Ana Nahapetyan.

The pain was like a severe jolt in her molars. Abrahamyan asked dentists to remove the teeth, but she was turned down. They seemed healthy. Finally she found a dentist who would do it for her and in the end, six of her teeth were pulled. The pain persisted.

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