Join Date: Aug 2008
Need Help With Facial Paralysis.
My name is Desmond, and I'm 16 and from Ireland.
I've been a very healthy guy all my life, and besides having asthma (which is practically non-existant anymore) I had it well. I play alot of sports, and I love martial arts and gyms. My life changed when I became 13, the unlucky number many say. In September 2005, I was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy. Of course, I had never heard it, and of course, I was confident I could rid myself of it. Having gotten steroids and reflexology, my face healed 100% fully, with not even a slight bit of permanent damage. It only took less than 6 months. Yet, during this period of recovery, my coughing began to accelerate in frequency, by almost triple. Having gotten many x-rays on my chest, which all showed up completely clear, it was obvious the problem was based in my head. Then, a very unique trait developed which I still have to this day, but only, it's worse. I snort down my nose all the time, or ''blow'' down my nose all the time. I havent touched drugs or anything, heh, but I cannot find a record of anyone on the net who has a similar problem. My mother is convinced my sinuses are damaged, and that my airways are malfunctioning since I snort to clear my nose, to be able to breathe. Now, my question is, wasn't it the perfect time for this to develop, when the Bells Palsy came along? Would I be like this if I hadn't gotten BP? If your not in shock by now, take a breath, because worse is to come.
Having been on top of the moon with joy, because it had healed so well, I felt like this sickness was behind me, but...
2 years later, in October 2007, I got bells palsy, again, and having read some of the statistics, for someone of my age, and my build, and my good health, that is EXTREMELY rare.
4-6 percent of people get BP again within a ten year period, I didn't even need 3 years.
To this day, August 9th, 2008, I still have BP. I have been to Physios, Acupuncturists and Reflexology, and even though the wrinkles in my forehead are a tiny bit better, it hasn't moved. My nose and cough are now even worse, and I have a constant frustration flowing through me, even in the happiest times, such as my birthday. Always wheezing to get up flem, which doesn't exist, always blowing my nose to clear space that isin't there. Staying sane is a problem right now.
Finally, I have read alot of documents about it, and what astonishes me is that, even with our hightech, advanced technology, we cannot figure out what causes it? Or even what a specific treatment is? Another thing that has me in shock is, the whole dry cornea idea? My eye on the affected side is always WET, and it often leaks on my face with tears, it is NEVER dry.
I wonder, is bells palsy what i actually have?
Please give me some suggestions.