Patient stories

Our specialities include brain tumours (glioma, meningioma, pineal tumours and cerebral metastases); pituitary tumours; brain haemorrhage; and trigeminal neuralgia.

Michelle, 40, London

Michelle, was treated by Peter Bullock for trigeminal neuralgia.

What and when were the first signs of your illness?

It started with pain in my top left teeth whenever I ate.

How was it diagnosed, and by whom?

Via an MRI scan that I had at the Blackheath Hospital in 2001. This was through the first consultant neurologist I saw.

How did you come to Mr Bullock?

After unsuccessful microvascular decompression surgery in 2006 by another neurosurgeon, my consultant at Blackheath suggested I see Mr Bullock for the Gamma Knife® procedure.

What has your treatment involved and how long did it take?

I had Gamma Knife® in 2007 but this was unsuccessful. This was followed by two radiofrequency rhizotomies (known as tic injections) in September 2009 and March 2010, which were helpful for a short time. As a last resort I decided to have microvascular decompression surgery again in October 2010.

What has been the outcome?

I have been pain free since my last MVD surgery in 2010.

How have you found your time as a patient with Mr Bullock?

I can honestly say that Mr Bullock has changed my life. Whenever I had a recurrence of trigeminal neuralgia, he was at the end of the phone to offer advice, support and encouragement. I have been on holiday in Jamaica and was able to speak directly to him from there. During my treatments he was always very supportive to me and my husband. I remember during one rhizotomy my husband had gone to check on his car when I was taken to theatre and Mr Bullock allowed my husband to come into theatre to see me before the procedure. He included me in all correspondence to my GP and I know he was delighted that my last procedure was a success.