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Post pituitary macroadenoma surgery

Hi, I am new to this forum. I had surgery on May 7th for Pituitary macroadenoma 1.1cm. After surgery everything was normal for 1 week and I left for home. Dr. Recommended me neilmed sinus rinse for cleaning my nose. After 2 days I realised that I am having headache in right side of my head and discussed this with doctor. My surgen asked me to stop using it and so I did not use. Now on last Sunday May 20th, I had severe headache in my only right side of head  which was not tolarable. I called doctor office and they admitted me on Monday. They run for CT scan, blood test and later MRI. They gave me very high dose of morphin to fix my headache. My surgen as well as ENT doctor told me that we could not identify any reason why you are having headache only in half of the head. it was normal if I have full headache. Now I am repeadly having headache in only right side of head and it goes away by taking using BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFEINE (FIORICET). Anyone has experienced this? I do not have history of migrane (migraine) etc.
Please share.
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It could be that the surgery triggered headaches. It can also happen - it happened to me post surgery - that the surgery triggered trigeminal neuralgia of fifth nerve neuralgia. It appears to have the same symptoms of a migraine with pain on one side, even vomiting from the pain - but the cause is the nerve.

So my best guess is the latter - and so you need to get treatment for that. I take topamax but something in that class like neurontin or keppra may work it just depends on how you tolerate the side effects - as in they ALL have side effects you just have to see what works best with the most tolerable side effects for you.

Also, make sure you don't have a CSF leak since the caffeine is working.
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Thanks Rumpled. Yes, I also had bad vomating during headache. So you think this headache will go away with the time or I will have to be on madication for this? Thanks again for your response.
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I had to get mine treated - it was nasty and I could not function. I take topamax for migraines anyway and increased the dose - we also tried to numb the nerve (potential for botox) but it effected my eye and all sorts of stuff - so you have to experiment with what will work in your case - so you have to get diagnosed then figure out what will work for you. My ENT and neurologist worked together to find a solution.

Nerve pain does not just go away though - and neither do migraines.
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to update,  starting last staurday my headache increased in right side and even FIORICET stopped working. I had to take 4 doses to reduce (not remove) the pain. Also now I had heavyness in my right eye and pain in right side ear as well. So i called my ENT doctor office about it and they were kind enough to call me at 11AM on Monday. My ENT doc inserted the camera in my nose and said that he can see some yellow mucus on the join of ear and nose which looks like infection. He now gave me 10 days of antibiotics, METHYLPREDNISOLONE and changed my pain medicine with HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN (NORCO) 10-325 MG.  I am feeling a little better now. Less pain in right side only. waiting for more days.
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Sad to say - infection may or may not resolve... so if you are not feeling better in a few days get back to your surgeon.

I had to go back to mine and get my infection cut out - I took tons of antibiotics but nothing touched it. I would still think perhaps the fifth nerve may be involved since your eye is involved - the infection  has to be close there.

The pred is a stronger corticosteroid - make sure you wean off it carefully and back on to the HC - just that can cause severe body pain from the anti-inflammatory effects leaving and your body protesting - and you have to wean or your adrenals and pituitary, already a mess from the surgery, may toss you in crisis zone.

Take care and feel better!
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Hi All, it is very unusual that person come back to the forum after he is done with his/her surgery and back to normal. I am doing that as I would like to share my experience with all of you.

As in my previous post you can read that I went through pituitary macroadenoma surgary and it is over 3 and half months for the surgary. I am back to my normal life. Last week I had 3 months MRI in UT southwest and consulted with my surgen. He showed me my pre and post surgery MRI images side by side. My tumor is completly removed and pituitary gland is back to the normal place which was shifted towards right. I had some complications as written in my previous post and I am totally back to normal life.
Rumpled: My ENT surgen found infection on right side of seila and he prescribed me 10 days of antibiotics and my headach was gone after 7 days.
My endo run the blood work last week, now my testostrone level is also coming up. My latest was 374, pre surgary was 199. I am off to hydrocotozone too. My surgon/ENT and Endo confirmed that I have successfull surgery and now I can do anything whatever I want. I am scheduled with Surgen and Endo after one year.
My main moto to explain above is that please be patient, you will be all right if you are in good hands. I was little scared after going through this forum. So please don't worry and follow the doctor's instructions. Good luck and god bless everyone who is suffering with this problem.
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Excellent! Glad you came back with a success story.

Alas, most people that come out to post have issues - so it rather skews the information out there and makes it seems like everyone has issues which is so not true!

Thank you so much for coming back with a success story!
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