Wendy is a teacher from the UK who was struck by glossopharyngeal neuralgia. While looking for answers on the internet, she chanced upon an academic article that I wrote for the Singapore Medical Journal.

She contacted me for help to find answers to the severe throat pains that she was experiencing.

Over the months as we emailed one another, I learnt so much about glossopharyngeal neuralgia and what it can do to a person. It was a two-way exchange. We both grew in our knowledge of not just neuralgia, but of human suffering and fortitude.

From Wendy, I learnt about the strength of the human spirit, and the ability to rise to the challenge of overcoming physical pain and disability. “Facing Neuralgia” is a book about her quest for well-being.

Wendy, if you are reading this, I thank you.


“The complexity of my symptoms left my doctors unable to reach a definitive diagnosis for almost eighteen months. As my illness was relatively rare, there were few people who shared my painful condition.”

“When I first came across Dr Soh’s paper on Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia I was convinced that this was what I had been suffering from for some time. I wrote to Dr Soh in order to seek his opinion regarding my problematic symptoms. He was kind enough to reply sharing his experience of patients with similar painful symptoms.”

“Over the torturous months that followed, in my darkest hours of despair, Dr Soh became my lifeline. When my own doctors failed to offer me sanctuary from this painful condition, Dr Soh assured me that this nerve disease could be tamed through various surgical procedures.”

“I wish to acknowledge Dr Soh’s kindness and sincerity during an extremely difficult time in my life. His knowledge and empathy for Glossopharyngeal Neuralgia remain unequivocal.”

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