Mum of two Jessica Bird, 29, from Northamptonshire, has Trigeminal Neuralgia, a rare brain condition which causes sudden pain attacks in parts of your face.
With no official diagnostic testing, and very little treatment available, living with what sufferers call ‘TN’ is far from easy.
“The pain attacks just come from nowhere and are incredibly difficult to deal with,” says Jessica, who has two children aged six and nine.
“It’s like having an amputation with no anaesthetic. It hurts when you try to lie down or even cry.”