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    Fibro with third nerve palsy
    An_249071 posted:
    I was diagnosed w/ fibro in April. Separately, I was diagnosed with 3rd cranial nerve palsy in Jan, when I had binocular diplopia and severe head & facial pain. It lasted 4 months, going away gradually. Now It's back. Does anybody know if this is typical? Does anybody else have third nerve palsy? Will it come and go? Is it progressive? (Will I end up blind and in constant pain, along with the fibro?) Not to be a downer, but it did occur to me...
    booch007 responded:
    Good morning Candy,

    Is this trigeminal neuralgia? That is what it sounds like....

    If you have pain with this it is neuralgia and palsy is if the nerve is compressed to the point of near palsy.

    Hmm. Look up trigeminal neuralgia and see if it fits and see if there are tools for you to help oyurself.

    I was diagnosed with A retinal problem, the doc gave ma a name for ti and I couldn't find my problem anywhere....I then saw a specialist who said "no, you have a macular fold" Well when I looked that up....also said a retinal wrinkle*. I found eveything I needed to know and more.

    So try this name for this issue. I know my neurologist does injections for this. Don't know where she gores to make it better..but there is treatment. I would also look in to accupuncture. Using meds cand get awfully tricy.

    I KNOW THIS IS PAINFUL. So I am so sorry. Good luck, nancy B
    annette030 replied to booch007's response:
    Hi, Nancy

    I think trigeminal neuralgia is a problem of the fifth cranial nerve not the third.

    Take care, Annette
    dollbug replied to annette030's response:
    Hello Annette....actually I think there are 3 branches which can be affected...

    Take care.


    My personal exchanges are Vitamin D and Pain and Wrath of the Dragon....if you care to visit..
    Candyland replied to booch007's response:
    Thanks very much for the replies. I'm new, and you made me feel welcome. I'm not sure the doc knows which nerve is involved. He thinks it's the 3rd. I'm so glad to get a diagnosis finally, since this is the 2nd flare of it, and the first one lasted 4 months. I'm pushing 2 months of this one. I just told my employer I'm applying for disability. I'm making an average of just over $1000 a month, and asked if there's a way we can lower my wages and still keep my benefits employee benefits. I'll find out whether or not he's on my side.
    I've been trying to find a full-time job for over 2 years, after being laid off at a major hospital. Now I'm giving up on that and am declaring my multiple issues -- the typical gambit of back, arm and neck pain, and the depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, etc., plus I'm chemically dependent. With the addition of the head and facial pain, it would be nice to be able to supplement my gabapentin with a pain pill (or 5. I've got a tolerance).
    I've been reading the posts from all of you and getting great comfort from it since my diagnosis. I didn't believe the diagnosis for quite a while, thinking it was just a whole bunch of individual issues I kind of created myself because of the stress of being laid off. I tried all kinds of things like chiro, massage, etc., until my insurance ran out. Now I've got new insurance but have a very high deductable.
    Sorry I'm rambling. I haven't talked to anyone else who had fibro, and it's kind of spilling out. I do feel better having connected to all of you. Thanks for that.

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