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Dry eye, nose and mouth
« on: October 13, 2017, 11:17:03 am »
My tumor was a little Different  most, and I am having a hard time researching my issues. My tumor was located on my facial nerve instead of in the IAC.
Dry eye was my first symptom and started 2 years ago. I had my surgery a little over 2 weeks ago and my dry eye is slightly worse than it was before. I assume that part of it is due to swelling. With effort, I can close my eye, but I don't blink all the way without working at it. But I also don't make tears, at all. Drops are practically pointless and only give me relief for a few minutes and I often use the nighttime gel during the day.
In addition to my dry eye on my tumor side (left side) my nose and mouth are also dry on that side. Again, I had these symptoms pre-surgery but it is worse now.
Does anyone else have these issues and have you found any relief?


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Re: Dry eye, nose and mouth
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2017, 08:27:03 pm »
Did you have steroids after your surgery? If you did, it is possible to have delayed complications once tapered off the steroids as inflammation and swelling recur.
Have you told your surgeon's office? Would a course of steroids be advisable?
Have you seen an ophthamologist about protecting your eye? I had a punctal plug inserted and it prevented any damage to my cornea until I could again close my eye and blink normally. The punctal plug blocks your tear duct and slows drainage of tear film. The silicone plug is easily removed when no longer needed
4.7 cm x 3.6 cm x 3.2 cm vestibular schwannoma
Simplified retrosigmoid @ Cleveland Clinic 10/06/2011
Rt SSD, numbness, vocal cord and swallowing problems
Vocal cord and swallowing normalized at 16 months. Numbness persists.
Regrowth 09/19/2016
GK 10/12/2016 Cleveland Clinic
facial weakness Jan 2017


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Re: Dry eye, nose and mouth
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2017, 09:34:22 pm »
I did have steroids and I am sure that some of my increased symptoms have occurred due to swelling. However, the dry eye, nose and mouth have been symptoms long before my surgery. I curious if anyone else has experienced the additional issues of dry nose and mouth.