I Put My Facial Spasms Down to Age. A Diagnosis Left a Painful Choice

I have been serving in the Navy since I was 18 years old. I went into active duty and served in the 80s, including a stint on a ship in the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq War in 1986.After active duty, I joined the Naval Reserve Force and continued to serve. In 2006, I was called to Operation Iraqi Freedom as a naval reservist. Although I was not in direct combat, I was in a war zone and carried out customs missions on the north side of Kuwait, near the Iraqi border.

They would bluntly ask: ‘What’s wrong with your eye?’While the condition wasn’t painful, it began to interfere with my vision. The twitching on the left side of my face was so intense that it caused my right eye to compensate. This started to affect my driving, my vision, and my ability to read.That’s when I decided to consult with Dr. Jacob Cherian, a neurologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

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