Mr Girija Prasad recalls feelingly, “for four years my wife, Vijaya, endured hell…often all it took was a mere touch or some noise to trigger it off…stabs of excruciating pain that would strike the right side of her face like violent electric shocks and leave her writhing in agony. Until then we had never even heard of this disease, but now it lurked around our house like a silent, terrifying enemy.”
Sure, like thousands of people around the country, 64-year-old Vijaya was a patient of Trigeminal Neuralgia, a nerve disorder that causes a stabbing or electric-shock-like pain in parts of the face. The pain is often transient but so intense that it can leave patients psychologically devastated. “She lived in constant fear,” says Prasad, “not knowing when the pain would hit again, or what would trigger it.” From nowhere, the quiet, retired life of Prasad’s middle-class family in Tirupathi had been torn apart. “I have three daughters who live nearby with their families,” says the 72-year-old Prasad. “And for all of us this was like nightmare.”
In the years before Prasad met Dr Venkataramana, “we went to a number of doctors and hospitals, in search of a cure. But to no avail. Then came the life-chanBRAINSg moment for the family and “I got in touch with the doctor who had been god sent to change our lives.” After a detailed evaluation, Dr Venkataramana, the head of neurosurgery in Bangalore and his team of doctors, decided that surgery would be the most effective course of treatment for her.
“It is now nearly15 days since she went through the surgery at the hospital,” says Prasad and “my wife has not had any problem.” Gradually, she is starting to recover not just her health but belief, and the fear of those terrible bouts of pain is passing away like a nightmare. The transformation has been unbelievable and we wish to thank the doctors and all the people at this wonderful hospital for helping us and putting our ravaged lives back on track.”