I was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy in March 2018. One day I was at dinner with a friend eating salmon dip and shrimp skewers. immediately I noticed my lips going numb. it was the same feeling I've gotten at the doctor's office with novicain. I mentioned it to my friend, stopped eating the salmon dip but continued with the shrimp skewers. my tingling and numbness progressed. by the time I appetizers were over, my mouth was so numb that food was falling out as I chewed. very embarrassing.
however, I assumed it was a seafood allergy. the next morning, I woke up to half my face paralyzed. I didn't know if it was so allergic reaction or stroke. so I did internet research and became afraid of stroke signs.
after emergency room visit, I was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy. I was disappointed. my face paralysis lasted about 3 months. visually it is not noticeable anymore. but underneath the surface, I have a constant sharp pain in my left cheek, still to this day. if I smile or touch my cheek, I get this tinder sore spot in the same location on my left cheek, right underneath my cheekbone -- still to this day.
additional pain includes my neck. every single night I have trouble sleeping. I'm up typing this and reading online because I cannot sleep.
my personal theory, is that the muscles in my face that were initially paralyzed are connected to other muscle in my neck. after my diagnosis, I believe that my neck muscles begin to weaken due to inactivity. it's almost as if my neck is no longer strong enough to support my head.
I have neck pains on both sides. I honestly have not had a nights rest, or nap without pain in my neck. sometimes the muscles in my neck ache and harden that I need to massage it to be facilitate relief. every doctor visits prove very dismissive. they each tell me that no pain is associated with Bell's Palsy. but I know that I've never had this issue until after Bell's Palsy.
does anyone else has subsequent aches and pains after Bell's Palsy diagnosis?