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Im also about to try acupuncture coz im really paranoid my face is goingg to become paralysed again and concerned about the pain getting worse and my immune system struggling. Pressure may be caused by trauma (e.g. The second stage of Lyme disease usually appears two to three months after the tick bite, and may include facial palsy or paralysis among other symptoms. Some cases of Bell palsy may be a form of zoster sine herpete. It is very rare in people with healthy immune systems. Tinnitus is not just unwanted noise; it is extremely unpleasant and often interferes with enjoyment of music. After exiting this canal near the bottom of the ear it divides into thousands of tiny branches before reaching the facial muscles.

The facial nerve runs from the brain through a small hole in the skull. Will you look like this forever? The second stage of Lyme disease usually appears two to three months after the tick bite, and may include facial palsy or paralysis among other symptoms. Damage to the facial nerve can result in a distorted appearance to your face. Unlike other muscles, the facial muscles insert directly into the skin of the face. Because mine is RHS, the pain is horrid. The information on this page is not medical advice, but is presented for informational purposes.

Is this related to a wisdom tooth surgery I had three years ago? Rarely, both sides are affected. Perhaps you will find it of interest and helpful. Symptoms get worse within 48-72 hours of onset of facial paralysis. Bell’s palsy occurs when the nerve that is responsible for the movement and sensation of the muscles and skin of the face becomes damaged. Pain behind the ear on the affected side of the face. I have never experienced anything so torturous, it literally takes my breathe away.

In several studies, only 10 to 22 people with significant facial paralysis had a complete recovery. Here is a picture taken of me last Sunday, April 6th. •     Do you notice any other symptoms associated with the headache pain? Often misdiagnosed as diabetic neuropathy. Based on this understanding, the treatment for Bell’s palsy is steroids (prednisone) to decrease nerve swelling, and sometimes anti-viral medication (for example acyclovir or Valtrex) to clear the viral infection more quickly. This can be secondary to Bell’s palsy, tumor, trauma, infections, or other disease processes. Especially severe Ramsay Hunt patients also develop dizziness and hearing loss.

My speech discrimination score improved from 20 to 44%. Tinnitus is not just unwanted noise; it is extremely unpleasant and often interferes with enjoyment of music. Labyrinthitis is when the virus spreads to the inner ear causing infection and swelling in the inner ear structures and affecting the balance. M., et al. Stankiewicz JA: A review of the published data on steroids and idiopathic facial paralysis. It represents Ramsay Hunt syndrome for up to 12 cases of facial paralysis and usually cause more severe symptoms and has a worse prognosis Bell’s palsy. The very common symptoms are flu-like symptoms (flu that often occurs without fever), pain and movement problems.

I felt very tired and wanted to stay alone. It can strike anyone, at any time. I was afraid. Hearing, facial nerve and balance problems can have a major impact on relationships, professional aspirations and quality of life. It’s been a struggle to keep my head high when cosmetically it isn’t appealing, but I am thankful it doesn’t affect the baby and I know there are much worse things that could happen! She tested positive for Lyme from 2 separate Igenix lab tests, and a 3rd that was confirmatory for Lyme because they isolated the band typically seen with an Epstein Barre infection. It is harmless unless it is reactivated and should this happen new symptoms will appear.

Who knows if this genetic or not, the doctors here in the USA are clueless. In most cases, it is better to be safe than sorry and have yourself checked by your physician. Perhaps complications from this infection is what caused your hearing loss? Do your doctors have an explanation for the weakness  problem in your arm and leg? Shingles in the ear can result in Bell’s Palsy (Ramsey Hunt Syndrome). Bell’s palsy is a sudden paralysis or weakness on one side of the face due to malfunction of the seventh cranial (facial) nerve that affects about 40,000 Americans each year. Ataxia is a loss of voluntary movement and/or balance, a sign of neurological disruption or disorder.

Blowing bubbles in the face, ears, headache, swollen lymph nodes, what would it be? I have a Cochlear Implant which is 10 years old and the processors are failing. I know this is a stretch, but I developed Bell’s Palsy a few weeks after getting the Shingles Vaccine.