Bell's Palsy

Posted by leonasmith @leonasmith, May 2, 2018

Hi, my son is 18 yrs old and has had Bell's Palsy 3 times.. to date he has no facial expression on both side…

Hi Leona, welcome to Connect.
I'm tagging fellow members @africa15 @jakedduck1 who have also written about Bell's Palsy. In fact, @africa15 also just joined Connect today.

Leona, what massage, treatment or facial exercises has your son tried to help recover facial movement?

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I was diagnosed with bells palsy almost a week ago, I'm concerned its not that. I haven't found any one with the same or similar symptoms I've had prior to being diagnosed. My doctors wont listen to me. I'm not sure what to do.

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@catesfaith

I was diagnosed with bells palsy almost a week ago, I'm concerned its not that. I haven't found any one with the same or similar symptoms I've had prior to being diagnosed. My doctors wont listen to me. I'm not sure what to do.

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Hi @catesfaith, welcome to Connect. I moved your message to this existing discussion about Bell's Palsy. I did this so you can meet @leonasmith whose son also has Bell's Palsy. I hope the 2 of you connect.

Cate, can you tell us more about your symptoms and what you're experiencing?

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@catesfaith

I was diagnosed with bells palsy almost a week ago, I'm concerned its not that. I haven't found any one with the same or similar symptoms I've had prior to being diagnosed. My doctors wont listen to me. I'm not sure what to do.

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hi
yes, very interested in conversing with anyone who knows are has Bells Palsy.

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@catesfaith

I was diagnosed with bells palsy almost a week ago, I'm concerned its not that. I haven't found any one with the same or similar symptoms I've had prior to being diagnosed. My doctors wont listen to me. I'm not sure what to do.

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I had Bell’s palsy I was very lucky my face is back to normal but lay hearing on my left side is almost gone and my ear thumps almost all the time ,what I found it help was warm compress on my afecten side and massages I’m trying some drops in my ear today see if that helps

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@catesfaith

I was diagnosed with bells palsy almost a week ago, I'm concerned its not that. I haven't found any one with the same or similar symptoms I've had prior to being diagnosed. My doctors wont listen to me. I'm not sure what to do.

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Hi @kiki2, did the drops help with the ear issues?

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2 years ago a family member got diagnosed with Bell's Palsy, with medication and exercises she recovered. A little over a month ago she got a dental implant which involves putting a metal post (almost like a screw) into the jawbone, well after this surgery she began experiencing the same symptoms she had before she got bell's palsy but not physical. Just a tingling, uncomfortable sensation behind the ears and nerves. Her dentist said the implant was perfect, what should she do? Should she remove the implant? Get stronger medication? Thank you

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Hi @giacaman97, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You'll notice that I moved your message to this existing discussion about Bell's Palsy. I did this so you can connect with other members like @hopeful33250 @kiki2 @leonasmith @janyce @ristene and others.

OG97, has your family member consulted with their neurologist?

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Hello! Thank you for moving my message 🙂 and no unfortunately she hasn’t seen one since most are unavailable due to corona but is planning on it.

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@giacaman97

2 years ago a family member got diagnosed with Bell's Palsy, with medication and exercises she recovered. A little over a month ago she got a dental implant which involves putting a metal post (almost like a screw) into the jawbone, well after this surgery she began experiencing the same symptoms she had before she got bell's palsy but not physical. Just a tingling, uncomfortable sensation behind the ears and nerves. Her dentist said the implant was perfect, what should she do? Should she remove the implant? Get stronger medication? Thank you

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@giacaman97 The metals in dental work and implants do conduct electricity in the mouth and when there are different metals present, it can act as a battery with the saliva. Batteries work by conducting electricity between 2 different metals ( the positive and negative poles) in a fluid. Metals can also trigger immune responses in some people. I know someone who had to had titanium dental implants removed after 9 months because of an immune response that wasn't under control and the patient was taking prednisone long term to try to control it. After her implants were replaced with ceramic implants, she was fine and healed. I have a biological dentist who's concern is bio-compatibility of materials used in dental restorations. I have had all my old silver amalgam fillings removed and replaced. I also had some old root canals that were going bad and I had those teeth extracted in preparation for dental implants. The gutta percha used to fill a root canal contains cadmium, a heavy metal, and while those teeth with the metals of the crowns were in my mouth, I had a lot of breathing issues an excess phlegm that easily lead to chest infections. I have asthma, so that is a problem. My breathing got a lot better after removing the bad teeth, so the inflammation they caused definitely affected me. I have had problems with metal allergies, and will be getting dental implants with no metals in them. They are made of ceramic and are bio-compatible. The first question you might want to ask is if there is an immune reaction to the implant in the patient.

A lab in Chicago does blood testing for this. See https://www.orthopedicanalysis.com/

The patient may want to seek another opinion with a biological dentist. If there is a problem now, just a month after the implant was placed, it is probably much easier to remove now because bone growth around it may not be complete yet. The other patient I spoke of having titanium implants removed after 9 months required the doctor to break the jaw to get them out. I have bone grafts in my jaw that need to heal for 5 months before I can have ceramic implants placed. There can also be other physical issues with neck, spine and jaw alignment that can contribute to facial pain. The ceramic implants I am getting are Zeramex and bone will actually grow into them. There is no metal. Here are several links for information.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3753052/
https://www.milesofsmilesdental.net/1861/can-metal-dental-implants-conduct-electricity/
https://www.zeramex.com/en/patients/why_zeramex.php
The Environmental Health center in Dallas does have treatments for sensitivities to dental materials, so they could be a source of information as well. https://www.ehcd.com/dentistry-and-chemical-sensitivities/

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