Corde Reed would shut herself in her office when the pain became too great.\nIn her native state of New Jersey, Reed was diagnosed with trigeminal neuralgia, a disorder of the trigeminal nerve in the face.\nFrequent bouts of nerve pain, which she described as \u201celectric shocks,\u201d pulsed down the side of her face, often driving her to tears. Doctors prescribed her pain medications that left her feeling \u201coff-kilter and loopy,\u201d while anticonvulsant drugs kept her in a mental fog. The pain persisted through higher and higher doses of medication.\n\nSoon, Reed struggled to do the everyday things that make life worthwhile \u2014 caring for her husband and two daughters, walking her dogs. Her facial pain kept her bedridden.\n\u201cThe pain just wouldn\u2019t go away,\u201d Reed said. \u201cI couldn\u2019t function. I couldn\u2019t be a mom. I couldn\u2019t do my job. I felt like my life was not mine, but stolen and controlled by trigeminal neuralgia. I hated it.”\nSo Reed\u2019s doctor recommended she visit Raymond F. Sekula, MD, of the UPMC Cranial Nerve Disorders Program.\nMany patients with Reed\u2019s condition undergo surgery that leaves them with long recovery times and distinct facial scarring. But Dr. Sekula\u2019s patients typically experience neither. In fact, Reed was released from the hospital in just two days. The procedure, called microvascular decompression, required only a small incision behind the ear. And best of all, she woke up without a trace of the pain that had interrupted her life.\nLearn more about Reed\u2019s recovery on the UPMC Department of Neurosurgery website.