Myectomy Operation

Posted by M Chiasson , Feb 22,2001,15:26   Archive
Hi friends:

In May of 1998, I had an upper Myectomy done as well as a Levator Advancement done by Dr. David Jordan in Ottawa, Ontario.It has really given me a new lease on life after the Botox and Medication had failed.

Since we are all different, what works for one may not work for another. A patient lately told me that her doctor had advised against having a Myectomy done because the Blepharospasm could return after a couple of years and since the upper muscles were gone, there would be absolutely nothing which could be done.

Has anyone ever had a Myectomy done and experienced thisreaction. This was news to me. A while back, I had asked anyone who had had a Myectomy operation to give me a report (good or bad).

I hate to botheryou again but would appreciate a quike note from you just advising the results of your Myectomy and if you have ever heard of the advice which this doctor gave thispatient.

Thank you.

Marcellin Chiasson

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Re : Myectomy Operation --- M Chiasson
Posted by Delaine Inman , Feb 22,2001,18:51 Top of Thread Archive
When Botox and a long list of medications had not helped me for 1 year, I had a partial myectomy in May 2000 also and found my expectations, which were very high, to be quite a let down. I had several good weeks....I couldn't close my eyes, then as I healed the spasms returned and I was as bad as ever by August which was a big disappointment. By Nov. I was so bad I tried the Botox and on that day was much better, but that also began to decline after a few weeks. I have tried a ton of meds and supplements and herbs and holistic treatments. I have been better since the the last Botox, but I'm not sure what I can attribute that to...a) the botox worked some because of the surgery. b) the eyes were better because I found a combination of supplements that help some and may have helped the Botox work some too. or, c)none of the above. At the last support group meeting our guest speaker was a doctor who has treated BEB with surgery long before Botox and now with both. He said something very interesting to me. I told him as crazy as it sounded, it was like every time I thought I had found something(a trick, a med, a treatment, a supplement, surgery, botox) that works a little the BEB seems to find a way to trick my brain and go around what ever is working. He said that is not as crazy as I might think. He said when he first began doing surgery as a resident the surgery was pretty radical for BEB and any thing else to do with the nerves in the face. If you did surgery on a patient who did not have BEB you had to be very careful not to damage the facial nerves, because if you did it was permanent. In patients with BEB you could cut, pull, burn, or remove the nerve and the spasms came back. That is why the surgery is a temporary tool to treat BEB, not a cure. I also told him that when I get Botox the spasms go down...some doctors say well that is just meige, but when the Botox wears off the meige gets better. My meige also was worse after my surgery until Nov. when I got my last Botox.
I am now on a low dose of Klonopin 2 to 3 times a day which was like a miracle the first week. It hasn't worked as well the past 2 weeks, but I have had a tremendous amount of extra stress with a situation with my daughter. Stress always makes my BEB worse. I hope all this helped. This is a weird deal.

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Posted by Virginia , Feb 22,2001,21:49 Top of Thread Archive
My upper myectomy was fairly recent (last Nov.) and so far I have no regrets. I have had botox in the lower lids and it seems to be working for me. Temporary fix or not, I am glad I did it (that's all any treatment is anyway - at least for most people). I don't have the intense squeezing that I did before and I really feel better - not just my eyes. All is not perfect, but it is better. And no, my surgeon (or any other of my doctors) did not recommend not doing it because the BEB might come back. The BEB never went away - no one said the surgery was a cure. It's not a disorder that can be "cured" by eye surgery of any kind. My surgeon just knew that I wasn't getting the relief that I should be from the botox and thought the myectomy was worth a try. And I felt that if there was a chance it would help, I had to try it.
Virginia in AL, belching salmon from the Moistur-eyes supplement - think I'm going to cut back on the dosage.

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Posted by Delaine Inman , Feb 22,2001,22:21 Top of Thread Archive
I have been taking 1 to 2 Moistur Eye caps a day and alternating with taking 1 to 2 Spectra 3 caps a day. I take both with meals. I haven't noticed any aftertaste or indigestion. Maybe it is because I love Salmon and haven't noticed. Both say 3 a day with food, but I don't want to over do it and they both have such good stuff in them that I want to take both, so I thought this might work.

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Posted by Virginia , Feb 23,2001,08:07 Top of Thread Archive
I was taking three (the recommendation is 3 twice a day for the first two weeks) caps a day to start and figured I would cut back to one or two after the first two weeks. I only did it two days. I will cut back to two today. I love salmon, too, and we usually eat it once a week, but I normally don't taste it once the meal is over. I also take other vitamin supplements and don't want to overdo it either, so cutting back makes sense anyway. I made a spread sheet of all the supplements I was taking to get the totals of everything so I would know how much of what I get from supplements. But I don't take into account what I get from food - that's harder since it varies from day to day.

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