Quite often BP sufferers refer to Bell’s Palsy as a disease.
We may hear: “I have this disease for almost 8 years” or “I am suffering from Bell’s palsy since I was 20”.
Indeed, Bell’s palsy residuals and its complications can have a dramatic effect on our quality of life. They may damage the self-esteem, jeopardize one’s social life and even force to change the career.
However, Bell’s palsy is NOT a disease. It is rather an acute functional disorder. Cancer, heart disease and diabetes – are all system diseases. They involve the whole body and develop slowly. Bell’s palsy involves only one single nerve – facial.
One can compare Bell’s palsy with a broken leg – it happens suddenly and it needs time to heal. It can also heal wrongly if treated improperly, or if the body does not have the power to repair the damages.
You cannot have a life-time broken leg, but you can have its consequences and possible complications. Same with Bell’s palsy: it is finished once the first facial movements begin to return. From that moment on, you are in a recovery period. If the recovery takes long time, almost inevitably the complications will develop.
The residuals and possible complications of Bell’s palsy are numerous:
- Weakness of facial muscles
- Facial asymmetry (with or without mimetic movements)
- Pathological synkineses (involuntary movements of facial muscles during speech, smiling, blinking)
- Contractures of facial muscles (smaller eye, deeper nasolabial fold, dimple on the chin)
- Mass movements during speech and emotions
- “Crocodile tears”, excessive tearing
- Pain in various spots and areas. Most often it is face, back of the neck, behind the ear, surface of the head (scalp)
- Stiffness of facial muscles, tiredness, increased asymmetry by the end of the day and after experiencing strong emotions
The main question for every long-term Bell’s palsy sufferer remains: how to get rid of those complications for good and whether it is at all possible?
At a later stage we will discuss various kinds of treatments and recovery methods, their efficacy and the expected duration of effect.
– Alex Pashov
Crystal Touch Bell’s palsy clinic