That’s exactly what happened with Novekosky. She woke up from surgery, and the pain had disappeared. She returned to her Horry County home the next day.
“There was immediate relief. From the surgery to now, nothing. It has been wonderful,” she says.
Dr. Omofoye says the difficulty Novekosky experienced trying to identify the cause of her pain isn’t unique.
“It is not a commonly known diagnosis, so a lot of patients tend to get diagnosed months to years after the pain starts,” he says. “Some patients who see a dentist and have teeth pulled think it is dental-related pain before they get diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia by either an astute primary care physician or a neurologist.”
While trigeminal neuralgia can return, Dr. Omofoye says 75 percent of patients who have surgery remain pain-free a decade later. If the pain comes back, surgery or stereotactic radiosurgery are options for relief, he says.
Novekosky says she hopes the pain doesn’t return, but if it does, she won’t hesitate to seek help from her Tidelands Health team.
She and her husband were so thankful for the care she received they subsequently gave Dr. Omofoye and his team a bag of Lifesavers candy along with a touching note of appreciation.
“Thanks to them, I’ve got my life back. I’m so grateful,” she says.