Bell’s Palsy

My lack of blog posts over this last week has not been entirely due to laziness (though I must admit to an element of that as a contributing factor). The main issue has been trying to cope with an odd situation resulting in a very stingy right eye due to it not producing tears properly since Tuesday evening. My doctor has diagnosed it as being Bell’s palsy, a situation in which the cranial nerve that controls muscles on one side of the face becomes partially paralysed. In addition to my right eye not being able to blink properly and drying out as a result, I also have a slight droop to the right side of my mouth, a bit like when you’ve had a local anaesthetic from a dentist. This makes it a bit awkward to eat and drink, and some words are slurred when I talk.

In theory this should clear up on it’s own, but I have been prescribed prednisone (a corticosteroid) and an antiviral, based on the assumption that this condition can be caused by a viral infection of the nerve. Currently the symptoms are annoying and inconvenient but not a major problem, though I do hope that it clears up as I’d not want to have this long term.

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