Face Numbing & Drooping Eye Lid????

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   Posted 12/29/2009 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Anyone get numbness on one side of their face and a drooping eye lid. My first symptom was face numbing it was gone now it is back. What does this mean? I have been on med's for 14 months the past 9 months I have been on Malarone and Cedax.
Went to an eye doctor who said my eyes looked inflamed she gave me drops for the eye with the drooping lid.
Just wondering if anyone else has this problem and if it went away.
Seeing my Lyme doc next week.
Really appreciate any feed back.

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   Posted 12/29/2009 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like Bell's Palsy, which is a known symptom of Lyme. Glad you are seeing your Lyme doc soon. Vitamin B12 may or may not help...clinical studies suggest B12 can help Bell's Palsy, but I don't know how effective B12 is specifically for Lyme-related Bell's Palsy.

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   Posted 12/29/2009 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
This does sound like Bells Palsy, i had this, as did my best friend who has Lyme, and my Aunt. The only thing that took it away was antibiotics, if you don't get on antibiotics I want to warn you that it will get worse. Each person I knew that had Bells Palsy, the entire side of the face drooped, not just the eye.
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   Posted 12/29/2009 12:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I was having more neurological problems including face twitching and numbness so my doctor changed my antibiotic to Flagyl. Might be time for a change for you. Perhaps you could move up your appointment with your Lyme doc. The numbness and droop is correctable with timely treatment, as you saw before. Way scary though, I know. You'll be okay.

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   Posted 12/29/2009 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a droopy eyelid problem this past June, and it was not lyme related. I had GPS, Giant Pappillary Conjunctivitis. I had numbness, on and off for a bit before hand then a droopy lid one night, the lid drooped for about 5-6 days. I had developed it from over usage of contact lenses. It did go away - buy I had to go to daily contact lenses and daily allergy drops, to keep it from coming back again. This eye drooped just like bells palsy - without my face dropping also. It was not bells palsy that I had. It is worth your doctor looking into. I was on many drops - but rest assured it did go away.

Just sharing to let you know something like that could be un-lyme related..

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   Posted 12/30/2009 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone, lovebug1, I went to my eye doctor she said my cornea was scratched and put me on antibiotic drops with a little steroid in them, it seems to be helping, my eye does not droop as much now but I still have the face numbing freeze feeling on and off, my face thank God is not drooping it just feels weird on the same side as my eye. Lymes is so scary you just don't know what is Lyme and what is another aliment.

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   Posted 12/31/2009 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ria,
I don't know if you have Dr. Jernigan's new book and in Chapter 13 called Remedy Suggestions and the Associated Emotional Conflicts for Specific Symptoms he writes this on page 190:
Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy):
Helichrysum Oil (by Young Living) applied topically over the affected area as well as the front and back of the external ear, has shown to apparently cause the nerve fibers to regenerate and restore normal function.
Primola Oil (by Wala) is applied topically and is used in cases of muscle atrophy from disuse, which is the cause in palsy.
Don't know if that helps as I never used any oils but it sure is interesting!

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   Posted 12/31/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Denise Thank you so much. I will look into it for sure it can't hurt. Happy Healthy New Year to you. 
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