Bell’s Palsy and Trigeminal Neuralgia
Bell’s palsy is a neurological disease that causes paralysis or weakness in the facial muscles. As a result, it makes half of the afflicted’s face seem droopy. Other issues include trouble closing the weakened side’s eye, the inability to smile on the droopy side of the face, loss of the ability to taste, drooling, and trouble producing tears and saliva.
Bell’s palsy is usually a temporary disease caused by swelling and inflammation of the nerve that controls the affected side of the face. Usually the condition clears up around six weeks, with a full recovery occurring at around six months.
If you believe that you are showing symptoms of Bell’s palsy, contact DSP Health System and one of our medical professionals will give you the necessary neurological exams to determine the exact status of your facial nerve functionality.
Trigeminal neuralgia is caused by the dysfunction in the trigeminal nerve or 5th cranial nerve, often a result of contact between this nerve and the blood vessel. This nerve is one of the most widely distributed nerves throughout the face and head, making this condition extremely frustrating for its victims.
This condition causes chronic pain throughout the face, where the afflicted experiences different sensations including aching and stabbing pains. This pain commonly appears in two ways: Type 1 and Type 2. Type 1 trigeminal neuralgia is characterized by sporadic episodes of intense pain, while Type 2 is associated with a constant, but lower level of pain intensity.
The chronic pain can be caused by even the most mundane of everyday activities from brushing teeth to drinking water.
Trigeminal neuralgia is commonly treated with antiseizure medicine, pain relievers, and some antidepressants. If those medications fail to be effective, your doctor at DSP Health System can discuss possible surgical alternatives.