Hi everyone - yesterday was quite hellish - spent 3 hrs in A&E since the left side of my face had become paralysed. It all started Saturday night with the odd shooting pain through the gland under my left ear. On Sunday evening, my lips on the left hand side had started feeling numbish like after a dental injection. By bedtime that feeling had crept up my left cheek and my eye wasn't blinking properly. I also felt terribly tired and had a dull headache at the back of my eyes. Went to bed, next morning, headache was still there but lessening, however the 'paralysis' had affected the left side of my mouth more and I couldn't smile on that side. A bit of googling was frightening (shingles, stroke and worse). Then I had a sudden thought - an ex neighbour had Bell's Palsy and had a frozen half face for awhile. I looked it up and it seemed to fit what was happening. I also noted the recommended prednisolone within 72 hrs of it starting which may help to reduce the symptoms.
I phoned the doctor's (closed) and the local community hospital that does minor injuries (no sorry we don't have a doctor on, you'll need to phone 111). Did that - 20 mins wait on phone - nurse I spoke to said she couldn't rule out a stroke and they were sending an ambulance (which made me feel a bit bad due to all the other people probably more ill). Anyhoo it turned up after around an hour, two lovely ladies ran through checks and questions. They decided it would be best if I went to hospital to be checked out for a stroke. Luckily my other half was home and able to follow in his car. Me majorly nervous as I haven't travelled that far in over 6 yrs due to knackered back. Took a low dose of diazepam and we travelled 20 mins to the nearest hospital where I was positioned in a corridor behind a ton of other people in various states of distress on gurneys. Staff were great but it was clear they just don't have enough resources for when it's busy.
Eventually saw a doctor after 3 hrs, she confirmed I had Bell's Palsy after ruling out shingles (thank Goodness!) and a stroke (even more thanks!). Given prednisolone for 10 day course and eye drops. Got home around 4.30 pm. Left eye feeling ghastly and dry/scratchy.
By this morning it does feel a little easier as I can put in drops whenever I need to, also keeping the room dim works best. Eating and drinking a bit challenging. Vision quite blurry as right eye is blinking a lot and watering (due to my left one trying and failing! Seems it will take a few weeks to resolve so I'll have to get used to spilling my drink down my front or nearly tripping over the cat! 2017 sure got off to a poor start.
In the light of all that I don't believe I was having any kind of reaction to my new Mercury Pharma levo pills - poor things probably got unfairly blamed. I've also had to reduce the other vit/mineral pills I take temporarily as I have enough trouble swallowing the tiny Levo/prednisolone tabs, I don't want to accidentally choke on those larger capsules.
Anyway thanks for listening to that ramble and hope you are all faring well.
Edit: Meant to add, doc didn't think it was connected to hypothyroid but am pretty sure it is, in some way, simply by being more under par and vulnerable now. After all, Bell's Palsy comes via a virus left in the system, in my case probably from Chickenpox as I've never had herpes.