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Has anyone experienced cranial tightness?

  • sandy1435
  • Port Saint Lucie, Florida
  • 1 year ago

Face and neck lift june 2012, still healing but experiencing cranial tightness with tight range of motion at base of head.Talked to a massage therapist and she thinks it is from the surgery and the muscles are in spasm all the time. Mornings are the worse but after pilates classes and trying to relax the muscles it gets better. Just wondering if anyone else had this happen. All and all i am happy with the whole thing but scarring around the eyes is still not healed after 8 months. I am 60 and people have told me i look 50....good thing i guess.......

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Hi Carol, I am taking once a day MELOXICAM.It's used to joint pain and seems to help me. 15 mg. Doesn't bother my stomach and its not addictive.
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Thanks so much Sandy. I'll ask my doctor about it.
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I am now taking some meds for the tightness which helps and i agree that stress or some work outs makes it worse.
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Hi Sandy, may I ask what kind of meds you're taking? I tried a low dose of gabapentin -- didn't do a whole lot, reduced discomfort by maybe about 20%. My neurologist just recently gave me a very low dose of Klonopin -- it works very well but it's addictive so I don't want to take it every day. There just don't seem to be too many really good solutions out there but I'm going to keep looking.
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Sorry you ladies are still having problems but I'm glad I'm not the only one who still is not 100% comfortable at this late date (8 months today.) PS are pretty pathetic with follow-up -- mine kept acting like he couldn't believe I was having problems. One things for certain: I'll never go down this miserable road again! Good luck to all -- let's hope we'll all be back to normal by the one year mark!
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After 8 months, I still have tightness from under my chin, up around my ears and sometimes up to the top of my head. It doesn't hurt but I find myself rubbing the scars behind my ears to help relieve the sensation. It even seems to itch inside my ears. The only time I don't feel it is when I am laying down. then there are the days my neck seems to tighten up, I guess it is a kind of spasm. Cold and being tired or stressed doesn't help, even wearing a seat belt that hits my neck will send it into a spasm. I am hoping that all this will pass in time and I am happy with my looks but growing weary of the tightness and itchiness .
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Yes, I am experiencing all these symptoms, and have been for abut 18 months. Surgeon is in complete denial and can't understand why I am having problems. Pretty well feel miserable most of the time, and definitely worse in the evening hours. Am going to try a pain management clinic, and see if they can inject something into affected nerves to deaden the pain. Ella in Michigan
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Ella, depending on where the tightness/pain is, Botox is something that can be used -- I will try it next if the new medications my neurologist prescribed don't work. Not every plastic surgeon is familiar with the procedure of using Botax for non-cosmetic purposes so make sure you find one that does. Best of luck to you.
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Carol, I'm retired and don't think Medicare would pay for Botox, and it is expensive. I hope you find a med that works.
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Hi Lucy, I just came across this comment in a forum. I was wondering what your ps has said about your complaints? Have the symptoms gotten better with time? I have many of the same ones and you and I are both at the same amount of time post-op. Although my symptoms have improved about 85% since the surgery, I sure would like to feel completely normal again. My ps recommends a diluted kenalog injection in the area around the ears. Have you tried anything like that?
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He just told me they would go away in time, just last week I was thinking that the pulling around my ears had stopped and there was just a little annoying tightness in my neck, then I came down with a virus, stomach ache and headache and it seems to have made things act up again. It isn't as bad as before but like you, would really like to not notice any sensation. It isn't painful just noticeable. I am not so miserable that I have really complained to my PS to the point that I feel he needs to do something, it is what it is...healing. I am confident that it will subside, I just had no idea it would take this long...9 months! Fortunately it hasn't kept me from doing anything and I notice that it gets worse if I am tired or ill. Thanks for asking, I hope you wake up soon and think, "I don't feel anything! I am BACK!"
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Yes, I hope the same for you. Isn't it remarkable how just feeling normal will be a cause of great jubilation?
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Hi Carol, saw my surgeon this pass week and it didn't seem to understand the cranial pain that i have. I ask him if this could be from surgery and he was not to helpful on the subject. I am taking a pill for the discomfort but i guess its always going to give me a problem. It's not as bad when i keep my neck moving and i have tried using a lower bed pillow...Seems to help.. Hope you get some relief soon...
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Going to CA for 5 weeks. My Neuro referred me to pain clinic at Stanford. I noticed he referred to my headaches (cranial pain) as 'possible occipital neuralgia'. Surgeons sure don't want to discuss symptoms or possible causes. Mine even suggested contacting a rheumatologist????? Just another brush off. Hang in there everyone.
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A few days after surgery I felt every stitch and staple in my head...since I get migraines, I took one of my Migraine pills (after calling my PS) and it went away. It was a sensation of my scalp shrinking, most uncomfortable but it would be "normal" for me to have that kind of reaction since the only pain I ever get are migraines and solved by taking that medication.
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Yes, I had a lower mini-face & neck lift in May 2012 -- Still having a lot of miserable tightness in spite of having regular massages for 4 months from a certified neuro-muscular tharapist. Motion is unaffected, it's just super uncomfortable. I'm the opposite of you though -- mornings are best for me, the tightnesss increases as the day wears on. Next thing I'm trying is physical therapy.
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