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Bell's Palsy--anyone ever have it?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by BYH, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    I'm thinking I might have it. I was brushing my teeth this afternoon and my mouth felt lopsided, as if I had an overbite or something that made it difficult to spit. My first thought was stroke, though I also have some dental work I've been putting off for a while so I figured it might be TMJ or some kind of problem in the roots or nerves of the mouth.

    Over the last few hours I've noticed my smile is a bit lopsided and I've got a couple other Bell's Palsy symptoms as well (can't puff out my cheeks all the way and excess tearing in one eye, for example).

    Has anyone ever experienced this? Should I be as freaked the fuck out as I am at the moment? Should I see a doctor right away, can I wait til morning or will this just go away on its own (some of the material I've read indicates as much). Understand that I HATE doctors and was a worst-case scenario type of guy even before recent events in my family gave me plenty of reason to act that way.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. beanpole

    beanpole Member

    I know less about it than you do. But I think you should get to the doc right away.

    I hope you're wrong. Keep us posted.
  3. MacDaddy

    MacDaddy Active Member

    Sounds like the classic symptoms. I got it in February 2001 and still have it; I'm one of the few where it doesn't go away after a few weeks. Mine has improved in nine years but my face is still not back to normal.

    I'd see a doctor soon; they'll put you on some meds to try and assist your recovery. Also, be careful when you sleep; your eye probably isn't closing all of the way on its own. A patch, or taping it shut, would be a wise idea.
  4. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    What is RLS?
    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological condition that is characterized by the irresistible urge to move the legs. While the name may sound funny, it is a very real disorder. In order for you to be officially diagnosed with RLS, you must meet the criteria described in the four bullets below:

    You have a strong urge to move your legs which you may not be able to resist. The need to move is often accompanied by uncomfortable sensations. Some words used to describe these sensations include: creeping, itching, pulling, creepy-crawly, tugging, or gnawing.
    Your RLS symptoms start or become worse when you are resting. The longer you are resting, the greater the chance the symptoms will occur and the more severe they are likely to be.
    Your RLS symptoms get better when you move your legs. The relief can be complete or only partial but generally starts very soon after starting an activity. Relief persists as long as the motor activity continues.
    Your RLS symptoms are worse in the evening especially when you are lying down. Activities that bother you at night do not bother you during the day.
    RLS can also cause difficulty in falling or staying asleep which can be one of the chief complaints of the syndrome. A substantial number of people who have RLS also have periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS). These are jerks that occur every 20 to 30 seconds on and off throughout the night. This can cause partial awakenings that disrupt sleep. Sleep deprivation can seriously impact your work, relationships, and health.
  5. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    My mother has that, tho how you went from that to Bell's Palsy was blunt...
  6. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Thanks Mac. Figuring I'll see a doctor in the morning. Gave some thought to going to the ER or an urgent care facility, but those places skeeve me out even more than a doctor's office.
  7. westcoastvol

    westcoastvol Active Member

    One of my best friends had that. Took a few months, but he got back to normal.

    He gets reminded of it regularly, as he had to have a driver's license photo made during that time, so whenever he whips it out, whoomp there it is. He's not having the DL photo remade; likes it too much and loves the reaction on people's faces when he gets carded.
  8. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Go see a doctor. Bell's Paulsy is nothing to mess around with, nor are your other options.
  9. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Good call. All most ERs or Doc-In-A-Box places would recommend that you see a specialist, anyway. No point in being billed twice.
  10. GB-Hack

    GB-Hack Active Member

    Definitely go. My dad had some issues with this, nothing that bad, mostly came up when he was under a lot of stress from work.
  11. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    I found it while poking around on some medical sites. I thought it was interesting.
  12. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    My college roommate's father-in-law had Bell's Palsy years ago and looked like he'd had a stroke for months. Nothing that extreme yet for me, though having just watched House I am waiting for some sudden onset of crazy-ass shit.
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