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This time i am getting shingles related pain developing and have been given steroids and antivirals and really hoping my face wont droop again as it took about four months to see almost coomplete recovery last time. The facial nerve is a nerve which controls the muscles of facial expressions such as smiling, frowning, etc. According to a 2001 study, about 10 percent of children between ages five and nine and about two percent of 10 to 14 year olds get chicken pox each year. The disorder is also sometimes known as herpes zoster oticus because of the characteristic ear rash. I feel for you and hope for you peace and good health. PHN is a sequela of reactivation of dormant varicella zoster virus (shingles). The problem lies within the facial nerve, also known as the seventh cranial nerve.

At the hospital, the doctor examined Shelly and asked her and her parents about Shelly’s medical history. Furthermore, your taste sensation seems off: everything on the right side of your mouth has a vaguely soapy flavor. According to a 2001 study, about 10 percent of children between ages five and nine and about two percent of 10 to 14 year olds get chicken pox each year. It also supplies nerve function to the lacrimal land and the mucus-secreting glands of the nasal cavity and oral cavity. It also controls the perceived sound volume and our balance. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Facial paralysis can affect people of all ages.

Do you mind if I ask you how does the recovery at each recurrence compares to the previous ones? Indeed, recent results based on this theory are already leading to effective forms of treatment in some patients. I realized I was losing muscle control on the right side of my face and thought, “Am I having a stroke?!?!?” A few days prior to coming down with Bell’s Palsy I had felt a pulsating/throbbing/twitching in my right eye but thought it was a weird muscle spasm. They usually appear abruptly, and you may notice them when you wake up in the morning or when you try to eat or drink. There are, however, many other causes of facial paralysis. I was diagnosed 4 days ago 12/02/2012 – I am 4 days into my condition. She immediately saw her family physician, who determined that she had shingles in her ear and developed Bell’s palsy.

In other types of facial palsy, causes of facial nerve damage include the viral infection shingles (see Herpes zoster) and the bacterial infection Lyme disease. Needless to say when I got home I noticed my tongue was numb and several hours later my eye was bloodshot and wouldn’t close and I couldn’t hold water in my mouth. Ramsay Hunt syndrome (herpes zoster otic or ear herpes zoster) – described here. In the few days since this appeared, I’ve researched several different informational sites and read other’s stories of their experiences with Bell’s Palsy. •     The substance of the brain itself is not sensitive to pain, but sensitive structures include the blood vessels, sensory nerves, and ganglia. So if you’re experiencing most of the symptoms of shingles but have no signs of it on your skin, it’s possible you have a non-rash shingles virus. Because of this, patients with Bell’s palsy may hear sounds more loudly or notice a decreased or unusual sense of taste.

Dr. Total recovery of facial movement occurs in about 50% of treated patients. They say that it is designed specifically for people with tinnitus and Meniere’s Syndrome. PHN is a sequela of reactivation of dormant varicella zoster virus (shingles). It is good to be aware of the symptoms and is important to consult a doctor and take medication as early as possible. “The natural history of Bell’s palsy.” The American Journal of Otology 4.2 (1982): 107-111. Although Bell’s palsy was described classically as a pure facial nerve lesion, and physicians have tried to identify the exact level at which the nerve is compressed, the most common presenting complaints are related to trigeminal nerve involvement.

Immunization of the frequency and severity of herpes zoster and reduce complications. Yes, and this will be called as Internal shingles. Wanted to go to work but I already felt tired. Others, though, are still struggling to come to terms with what he describes as a “visual hell”. Earlier that night, while eating dinner with a friend, I was swishing water in my mouth trying to dislodge an errant fragment of roast pork from my teeth, and I splurted water down my shirt. Electroneurography ENOG Stimulates the facial nerve to assess how badly the nerve is damaged. The right side of my face is still painful in areas when you touch it, which is a complication of the shingles called post-herpetic neuralgia.