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Ptosis/drooping brow.

Discussion in 'Neurological/Neuro-sensory' started by justy, Jun 9, 2011.

  1. justy

    justy Senior Member

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    Hi, i have read other discussions that mention ptosis (drooping eyelid) i started getting this about 2 months ago, it was a completely new symptom for me. However it has now moved on to being a drooping brow, both my brows seems to drop and i look a bit like a demented woman that is frowning and has no eyelids (nice look!) If i look in the mirror and see that i know i need to go and rest. Just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience?
    Cheers, Justy.
  2. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Hi justy - I noticed this in my left eye (not brow) for the first time in March. It can be a sign of some serious stuff (stroke, for a start!) so it is important to get it checked out. In particular, if your pupils are different sizes when it's happening it's important.

    I fixed an appointment with my optician (it was anyway time for my annual eye test) and asked if it meant anything serious. He said it was likely due to at least one of the ten viral infections I'd had up to March in quick succession (colds) and that having examined me, he couldn't see anything to worry about. I asked if I needed to see my GP and he said that my GP would have sent me to an optician.

    That said, I noticed a recurrence lately and I haven't had any more viral stuff recently so I think I will anyway mention it to my GP just in case.

    Better safe than sorry, I think! Having ME for a long time sometimes means we are at risk of attributing all our new symptoms to it (a mistake our doctors can make as well, I think). I'm glad you've started this thread - I'd like to hear about others' experiences with this too!
  3. justy

    justy Senior Member

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    Thanks Sasha, yes it would be interesting to see what others have to say. Mine definately comes and gos according to how much i have been doing, and looks a lot like a deep frown without the frown lines -a bit neanderthal i guess! the weird thing is that now i have the whole brow going down i dont get the one droopy eyelid so much.
    Take care, Justy.
  4. Snow Leopard

    Snow Leopard Senior Member

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    I developed this about a year ago. My left side droops slightly more than my right such that I now have an epicanthal fold on my left side. I also have major pain in the brow area and kind of behind my eyes.

    Eyelids do droop as people age. But you don't normally expect that in your mid 20s.
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    I have this, it started back in 1999 ever so slighlty and has become quite pronounced in the last 3 years, it has been permanent the entire time though. I am getting checked out for myasthenia gravis when I can afford the $$$ for the specialist!, my doctor seems to think it is highly likely to be MG.
  6. justy

    justy Senior Member

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    Thanks Tulip and Snow leopard. It seems we all have a slightly different experience of this. Mine is luckily not permanent like yours Tulip, but comes and goes. I hope you manage to find out soon.

    Snow Leopard -i also have the really bad brow pain and pain behind the eye. When i told Dr Myhill about it recently she seemed to think it was migraines but also described it as a strange/unusual symptom (the pain not the drooping -i forgot to mention that) but i thought eye pain was quite common.
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    Snow Leopard Senior Member

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    I'm not sure about a migrane link as I've never had migranes before. Aren't migrianes associated with other problems such as vision issues or nausea (I get bad headaches, but those symptoms are not associated with them).
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    lizw118 Senior Member

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    My brow area got very swollen and heavy looking with pressure and some pain when I got sick and has been a problem since. Estriol and norepinephrine help. I feel like it is vascular inflammation.
    Liz
  9. justy

    justy Senior Member

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    I had migraines as a teenager and tht was nothing like what i have now. I do get headaches but not searing ones and i do occasionally (once every few months get eye disturbances (flashing etc) but not at the same time as pain or nausea. To be honest i dont know if my eye pain is being cused by migraines, she reccomended very strictly no dairy to see if it made a difference as she feels its an allergy thing. Its hard to tell though as im also pacing better and resting more which should also theoretically reduce the eye pain and drooping.

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