Good news, in a twisted kind of way

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by flutterby, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. flutterby

    flutterby Fly away!

    My right eyelid has been twitching all week and is now drooping.

    How is that good news? Cause I might be one step closer to a diagnosis now.

    Fingers crossed.
  2. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    When is your next dr appointment?

    Many hugs.
  3. flutterby

    flutterby Fly away!

    I see my GP on Tuesday.
  4. tiredmommy

    tiredmommy Site Moderator

    Do you have any ideas now?
  5. flutterby

    flutterby Fly away!

    Myasthenia Gravis is what I'm thinking. Guess we'll see.
  6. gcvmom

    gcvmom Here we go again!

    Oh Heather! I'm sorry, but I hope you're right about getting some answers!!!

  7. Marguerite

    Marguerite Active Member

    If it's myasthenia gravis, that would be good news indeed. mother in law has had MG probably since she was 19 years old. She's had symptoms tat long but was finally diagnosed about 30 years ago, just after husband & I were married.

    Diagnosis - you'd be referred to a neurologist, or possibly an ophthalmic surgeon (for the possibility it's myasthenia ocular, which can be a preliminary stage to MG). The specialist would do a Tensilon test where you get a short-acting dose of neostigmine. This acts to help the nerve signal be more efficient in getting the message to the muscle. The test works well for about 15 minutes, ten you're back to where you were. But if it works and for that few minutes feel fantastic and things work well, then you will almost certainly be started on oral medications. It can take some time to tweak medications to the right dose.

    If you take the Tensilon test and you don't have myasthenia, not only will it not do anything for the fatigue and the droopy muscles, but it can slow your heart rate down. But again - only for a few minutes, then it comes back to normal.

    There are a number of treatments for MG. I remember that at one stage removal of the thymus gland was considered a valid treatment option. When mother in law had her hart bypass, they had to remove her thymus gland anyway. At her age the thymus should have atrophied down to nothing, but it was apparently the size of a grapefruit.

    mother in law just turned 86.

    I hope your doctor has a good specialist to refer you to. Or maybe your doctor can do the Tension test.

    Let us know how you get on.

  8. ML

    ML Guest

    Fingers crossed that you finally get your answers. What a long haul this has been for you.
  9. flutterby

    flutterby Fly away!

    I have a lot of muscle weakness that's been getting progressively worse for several years. I can think back to about 6 years ago when it started to become somewhat limiting. Now, of course, it's disabling. Of course, chronic fatigue causes muscle weakness, too. But, droopy eyelid is kind of considered a hallmark symptom of myasthenia gravis. I was given a half-[donkey] test for it by a neurologist in December. I'm going to have to get pushy, I think.