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After five years of excruciating suffering, TV doctor Dr Ranj was left with just one option, he tells Nick McGrath.
NHS clinician turned Strictly dancing doctor Ranj Singh could have used some of his own advise three years before making his TV debut on the CBeebies show Get Well Soon.
This Morning’s resident doctor explains, “Until that moment, the only thing I’d ever had removed was my appendix as an 11-year-old.”
“I then started to get this fleeting discomfort in my mouth that lasted about a month and then faded away,” says Ranj, 42, “so I ignored it as toothache and went on with my life.”
Ranj’s suffering persisted in short bursts once or twice a year until he was 35, when his symptoms worsened.
“The agony returned with a fury, was more acute, persisted for several months at a time, and was triggered by the simplest thing,” he adds. “The discomfort began when something touched the inside of my mouth or brushed across my gums or a tooth, especially on the left side of my face.
“So I went to the dentist, who performed a root canal operation that was unintentionally necessary but did not fix the problem.”
Ranj’s suffering had increased dramatically by this point.
“All it took was a little touch of the side of my face to set off an onslaught that felt like an electric jolt.
“Eating, cleaning my teeth, laughing, or even chatting would set it off, so I stopped communicating. Because the agony was so severe, I would become enraged whenever someone initiated a conversation with me.
“Painkillers didn’t help, and it was happening 60 to 80 times a day at its peak, so I wasn’t getting any sleep and was always tired.”
Ranj, an emergency paediatrician, suspected the problem was a sort of neuralgia, so his dentist recommended him to a neurologist at King’s College London.
“I was desperate at the time. I needed aid right away since the pain was unbearable.
“Sufferers frequently refer to the anguish as suicide pain because it makes some individuals feel so hopeless that they consider suicide.
“I didn’t get to that point, but my life was a living nightmare, and I desperately needed answers.”
Tara Renton, an oral surgery specialist at King’s College, ordered blood tests and a “Brinkwire Summary News.”