Having your teeth pulled is one thing. Having them pulled because of a misdiagnosis is quite another.
But this is what happened to Ann Eastman, who suffers from a rare condition which inflicts excruciating pain that mimics toothache but is in fact related to damaged nerves in the face.
At its worst, the pain of trigeminal neuralgia – on the right hand side of her face, from her temple to her lower jaw – seriously affected her life.
“I was just standing there, screaming and screaming, the pain was unbelievable. My husband said ‘Be quiet! The neighbours will call the police!”