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Sussex teacher's pain drove her to brink of suicide
A teacher driven to the brink of suicide by crippling headaches has finally found a “miracle” cure.
Rebecca Rossi-Bennett had decided her life “was simply not worth living” after suffering head-splitting pain for the past five years.
During her frequent seizures, the 25-year-old from Peacehaven would punch herself in the face and bang her head against a wall as a distraction from the agony.
Some doctors and scientists have described cluster headaches as the most intense pain a human can endure – worse than giving birth, burns or broken bones.
In the past, the unbearable suffering has driven many victims to suicide.
Mrs Rossi-Bennett said: “The actual pain is like someone stabbing needles into your eye. It pulses at the back of your head until you can barely breathe.”
The primary school teacher’s family said her constant attacks were like watching a horror movie.
Mrs Rossi-Bennett said: “My husband said it was like a scene from The Exorcist. I was paralysed by pain and I didn’t know what was going on, just moaning and screaming.
“It was terrible when the doctors said there was no cure – I was so depressed. To be honest I didn’t see the point of going on.”
It was only when her husband found the National Migraine Centre, a dedicated headache charity, that mrs Rossi-Bennett saw a light at the end of the tunnel.
Experts at the charity’s London clinic told her she was suffering from Sjaastad syndrome, a rare and severe form of cluster headache.
Now, regular injections in the back of her neck have brought her some relief at last, with attacks only happening around once a month.
Mrs Rossi-Bennett said: “It’s allowed me to live my life again. I’ve gone back to work full time and I’m looking forward to the future.”
Her husband Ashley Rossi-Bennett is running the Brighton Marathon in April in aid of the National Migraine Centre.
To donate visit his Just Giving Page www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com/AshleyRossiBennett.
For more information visit www.nationalmigrainecentre.org.uk.
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