Cysts can be very difficult to detect and diagnose. They are fluid-filled cavities with relatively low contrast to surrounding soft tissue. If you had one large enough to put pressure on the infraorbital nerve, then the area of the lower eyelid, upper lip, and the outer region of the nostrils might be affected. Possibly other areas downstream on the Maxilliary nerve as well -- the mid cheek, upper jaw and teeth, from the opening of the ear forward to the center of the upper lip.
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Hi, Life's... It is experiences like yours that lend a special irony to the title of an old movie: "The Gods Must Be Crazy"! Something that you don't mention in the most recent two posts: are you still having problems with incontinence? How mobile are you these days?
Melissa, if your daughter has a gap in her spine, it should be immediately evident on even a basic X-ray. If you're willing to pay less than $200 dollars for such an exam, then take her first to your family doctor and verify whether or not there actually is a gap there. You aren't medically qualified to make this kind of evaluation yourself. But even a GP is, and such a professional can make referral to a neurologist who will then be forced to take seriously the family history of this patient and her present symptoms.
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I would agree with Life's. It's not clear to me what is going on in your circulatory system or neurology. The sharp pains in your head could be a number of things, some of which i am familiar with from deep study and others not. I think you need the professional opinion of a licensed medical practitioner.
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Good afternoon, Nancy. For your information, you are probably being tested to eliminate or confirm a genetic disorder. CADASIL translates as "Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy". Obviously, it's a mouthful. It is also rare. The following link outlines the objectives of an evaluation for that disorder:
The disorder is treatable, or at least manageable with certain medications, but it is presently not curable. The symptoms in advanced stages can resemble early onset dementia and Alzheimer's. This is not to say that you "have" this disorder, Nancy. I'm not qualified to do that. But CADASIL is a candidate explanation for the other signs and symptoms that have been going on in your life for the past year.
The following link will take you to an overview of Robert Edwards publications (his CV). He's been in practice for 30 years and appears to have quite a respectable grounding in Parkinson's Disease. That's one of the disorders for which I think you need to be evaluated by somebody like him.
Nancy, It simply floors me that your GP seems to take such a cavalier approach to your progressive neurologlical symptoms. I normally wouldn't advise this, but the very next time you find yourself walking out in front of a train or car or other dangerous situation out of your inattention and lack of focus, I think it's time for you to show up at a hospital emergency room and ask to be seen immediately by a neurologist or neurosurgeon. Then explain your symptoms and relate the waiting times you've been asked to accept. A very central and troubling question for anyone who examines you is "am I receiving an ethically acceptable standard of reasonable care?" And if not, then what can I do about it?
With your kind of neurology history, it's a bad idea to ignore a new symptom or progressively more severe symptom, Nancy. Call your doctor's office and tell them what happened. You might possibly have had a light stroke. Or you could be dealing with an unrelated inner ear viral infection. Either way, it's smarter to talk with your doc.