failed op, what next ?

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Hi. I had an op. 3yrs. ago, which failed.  My symptoms are getting worse, & are with me 24/7.  My sleep is very disturbed, because if I wake up I'm unable to get back to sleep because of the spasms. I have " tonus " which makes it difficult for people to understand what I am trying to say. 

I used to walk confidently with my head held high, now I keep my head down - partly due to embarassment & partly because people  think I am winking at them. ( I keep walking past friends.)  I do a lot of walking & my smile/hello has become a grimace.

I had botox before the op. but that didn't work.

I read that magnesium tablets can help, I do take those for restless legs so increased my dose from 250mg to 500mg.  but after only a few days I had stomach pain & bloating. ( I have to be careful as I have diverticular disease )

I have also just read that a Chiropactor may be able to help me, has anyone had any luck going down that avenue ?

 

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    Our stories sound very similar. The only relief I get at night is sleeping on my right side. The size of my pillow made a difference as well. Out of desperation, I tried chiropractic care. I found stimulation made it worse so my chiropractic tried hands-free adjustment. He focused on my left side just under my earlobe. It did give me some relief but only for a day or two. I'm no longer under his care. I also read a post about magnesium supplement. I think I will try it.

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      I have right hemifacial spasm following a stroke in December and a lot of stress.After two treatments with a cranial osteopath it got much worse then suddenly improved and after ten days I have just a slight tic under my right eye. Before it affected the whole of the right side of my face. It might be worth a try.

      Jenny 

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      You would think , wouldn't you that being in bed, quiet, stress free, comfortable, that the symptoms would have a rest, but it's not so is it.  I don't know if you are like me, my mind is never still & I do have some weird dreams. I'ts possible I suppose that if your mind is not at rest neither are the symptoms. Does that sound daft ?

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      It might well be worth a try.  I hope your symptoms continue to improve.  I would be interested to know if it is a long term improvement.

      Jean

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      My HFS do wake me at night. My mind is always on the go but so am I :-). Here's something interesting...My symptoms began about 2 1/2 years ago. I'm 55. Back in February I jet set to Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Sailing School for certifications. Upon arrival, I had dinner with the other 2 students. Out of curiosity, they asked why my face was spasming, as does everyone else. During the 6 days off shore in the Gulfstream I was symptom free. I asked if anyone noticed my face spasmsing, they said no, not at all. This was a bit stressful having to earn 3 certifications in just 6 days. Sleep time was my book work study time. I do live on my sailboat and getting ready to set sail. Heading to the Caribbean. Will be interesting to know if being in a different location on the globe will make a difference:-)

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      Yes, that would be interesting to know.  There doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to what is causing the spasms, we are told to try & avoid stress, but even when stress free I am still spasming.  A few nights ago I had a prolonged spasm - about 15 min's - from my jaw line to the top of my head,  I was really frightened.

       

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