The something that turned out to be two nothings

standard March 27, 2013 4 responses

Last week M and I finally met with the Oculoplastics specialist who, after turning my eyelid inside out and poking my eye a whole bunch, decided that the “lesion” seen above my left eye was nothing more than a thickening of the muscle, or maybe some fat, and nothing to worry about. It’s definitely not causing me any pain of any sort.

I have to go back in 6 months to double check that it hasn’t grown, but she’s really not concerned. Hurray for an end to the eye poking.

It’s also safe to say that, after 3 full ophthalmological work-ups in the last 2 months, I have some really healthy eyes and great vision. Also, I would rather have a root canal than have my eyelids turned inside out again. ugh. (It took three people to make it happen, M to hold my hand, a fellow to hold my head still, and the doctor to flip the lid. I made horrible sounds the entire time. I think we were all traumatized by the event.)

Today we met with the neurosurgeon who said, as we had predicted, that the other “lesion found” was an arachnoid cyst which was a total non-event. Some people are just born with them and live without ever knowing they have them. The scans show that it has clearly been there for a long, long, long time as the skull bone formed around it. My brain looks healthy and fine. He is not concerned in the least.

I have to go back in 6 months to have it rescanned just to make sure it looks the same and a year again after that. If neither of the next two scans show any difference then the whole matter will be dropped.

In short? Neither lesion is causing my migraines. Hurray for that!

The even better news is that I just discovered that I can exercise on the elliptical without pain. It’s not quite the same as running, but it’s better than nothing!

The Neurosurgeon suggested following up with a neurologist about the headaches, but now that we know there’s no life threatening issue, it seems a whole lot less dire. And, after a month of stressful doctor’s visits, I’m excited to just get back into a regular exercise routine.

Maybe when Spring really springs I’ll crave running so much that I’ll change my mind, but for now, I’m just glad that the something turned out to be two nothings and I’m ready to get back to just living my life. 

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4 responses

  • I’m so glad they were nothings! And that no one’s going to have a reason to flip your eyelids over again!

  • Kristie

    I’m glad to hear they were nothings. Interesting though, because a friend of mine has an arachnoid cyst, and her neurologist says that it is the cause of her headaches, and recommended surgery to remove it. I wonder what’s different? Maybe location or size?

  • Kristie, I believe it has to do with how you get an arachnoid cyst and where it’s located. You can get one by getting beaned on the head and those can cause problems because they’re shifting things around.
    If you’re born with one your brain and skull just adapt to it and it usually doesn’t cause problems.
    The doc is pretty sure it’s harmless because my headaches tend to originate in another location.

  • I’m so glad you can breathe easier. And that you found an aerobic exercise that is safe for you and your body. It’s hard to have something you love doing that you can’t fully embrace anymore. 🙂 Such a relief!

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