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One Dilated Pupil Shifting from One Eye to the Other

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 20, 2007
  • 11:58 PM

Hi, I'm 18 years old, and I went through a bone graft surgery about a week and a half ago. They took bone from the inside of the right side of my pelvis, and they put it in the left side of my mouth. I am missing a tooth and the entire gum and bone structure because of a cleft lip and partial palate. The graft was put in the front-left area where a tooth should be, and a fissure that connected my nose and mouth was closed.

I also had wisdom teeth taken out from the top right and top left.

About three days ago, I noticed my pupils were both dilated, but my right one was far more so. I had no other symptoms except for the usual surgery rehabilitations.

Yesterday, the dilation switched so my left eye was more dilated. And today it switched back to the right eye. They both sometimes seem to be pulsing larger and smaller.

I do take many medications in the morning. One antibiotic (post-surgery), three Provigil pills, and one Lexapro pill. I never had this issue before, though it is fairly recent that I moved up to three Provigils.

I have no other issues except for constipation, which is to be expected. Both pupils seem to respond properly to light (without reduced speed or anything).

After that long explanation, does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? Is this something I should be worried about, or is it just an odd after-effect of the surgery or the medications? Any thoughts would be very much appreciated. Thank you all.

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  • Do you have narcolepsy or other sleep problems?
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies Flag this Response
  • I do not have narcolepsy, but I have had problems sleeping for my entire life. I've undergone many tests, including a sleep-deprived EEG, and sleep medications have failed to help.Therapists are beginning to call it Hypersomnia, for lack of a better explanation. No matter how much I sleep, I am always tired. I also have a delayed REM sleep, and a slight oxygen deficiency (but not enough to be sleep apnea). That is another mystery that I would love any input on.Other than that, I haven't been sleeping well for the past four nights (or so). I think it has probably been an average of about 3 1/2 hours of sleep a night. Would that affect the pupils differently?Thank you so much for your answer.
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