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Old 09-09-2005, 05:38 AM   #1
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Thyroid / Bells Palsy?

Is hypothyroidism any way related to bells palsy? I have just been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and still (after 16 months) have BP. My BP has improved over time (I can shut my eye and smile), but there are lots of residuals left behind that I hate.

I just thought I'd ask.

Thanks.

 
Old 09-09-2005, 10:02 AM   #2
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Re: Thyroid / Bells Palsy?

Well, from what I understand they don't know exactly what causes Bells Palsey. I read up on it a little bit when my friend in college got it. One day he had a cold and the next his face was sagging. Then his eye was stuck open. Very scarey.
They think it is caused by a virus. So if you have low thyroid function your immune system may not be fighting off viruses like it should.
This may have caused you to be susceptible to BP.
Just a theory,
Hope you feel better soon!
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Old 09-09-2005, 06:45 PM   #3
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Re: Thyroid / Bells Palsy?

I had Bells Palsey when I was 8 month pregnant and the doc said it was not "uncommon"...so hormones! I did some electrical stimulation and that helped a bit and some facial exercises and it did take a while but it kept improving over several years, I think. I was in my mid thirities at the time.

 
Old 09-10-2005, 05:34 AM   #4
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Re: Thyroid / Bells Palsy?

PixieK, how interesting. I'm 30 now, and when I woke up with BP, I was 5 months post partum (breastfeeding). I have slacked on my facial exercises, I will get back to them knowing that they helped you.

 
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