I'm five weeks out from an open craniotomy to clip a 5mm unruptured aneurysm on my left side. I feel great (finally off the horrid meds!) and, while I still get tired after a busy day, mostly, I'm back to normal.
I do, however, have the jaw stiffness and pain that others have had with similar surgery -- I'm chewing gum and doing exercises recommended by my surgeon, but I wonder if anyone can give me a sense of timing? How long will the pain linger? Will I ever be able to open my mouth wide again? Have I eaten my last club sandwich?
Any thoughts or experiences would be great!