I had translabyrinthine surgery for an acoustic neuroma that was 2.7 cm x 1.7 cm on 5-20-09. As my hearing and balance had been quite diminished prior to surgery, I have adjusted to the total loss of hearing and balance issues well after the surgery. However, my facial nerve is unresponsive leading to challenges in eating, chewing, talking, and, of course, the dry eye. I found this forum really helpful in finding suitable eye drops and other hints. Also, I am encouraged that there may be hope for the facial nerve to regain some function as it is only 2 months post surgery for me. I still am fatigued and lack the energy or ambition to do a great deal. I do try to walk @ 1 1/2 miles a day and do plan to go back to work (part-time) in another week. I talked with a nurse at my surgeon's office regarding my concerns about the fatigue I'm experiencing. She stated that this is not normal, and that except for the facial nerve issues, I should be fine. Is fatigue and having emotional ups and downs part of the healing process with acoustic neuroma? I'm trying to get out more, but I get despondent when I cannot smile or have difficulty with eating or even talking. Friends and relatives are very supportive and think I am getting on well. But now when I hear this nurse telling me I should not be having this fatigue any more, I'm frustrated and distressed.