Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Bells Palsy what Doctors don't tell you
I really didn't want to have any photos of myself during this time, especially since the doctors said that I would never recover. I only started to have a tinniest amount of improvement 3 months after I first got the Bells. These photo's were about 5 months into it. I was still horribly exhausted but was starting to think I might be able to finally blink and needed to take a photo so I could see for myself. What I was actually doing was rolling my eye up. You can see I was trying really hard to close my eye.
What doctors don't tell you or maybe they don't know is that 60% of Bells Palsy patients actually have Lyme disease.
The Bells Palsy effect is the Lyme moving into the Acute or Chronic stage. Many doctors especially out here on the West Coast don't know much about Lyme or even give it merit.
If you have Bells Palsy you need to have a good Lyme test to rule it out, even then you may not have an accurate test. I had two negative tests.
If you have Bells Palsy they may want to put you on anti viral medications or steroids. One or both of these will contribute to a negative result for a Lyme test. Standard testing is not recommend. This means the testing that you get where the results come back in three days. You need extensive testing (a FULL PANEL test) test # 6040 from Igenex http://igenex.com 800.832.3200 you can have the test sent to you and Igenex will pay for the test to be sent back return shipping the cost is approx $ 450. But other tests are "really worthless" and produce huge numbers of false negative and false positives. For more information you can do a google search.
The results from the Igenex testing take about three weeks to return, then hopefully your doctor has an idea of how to read them. Get a copy for yourself and look at the numbers if you see any ( + ) instead of a ( - ) there is something going on with you. If you see ( IND ) next to the numbers that should cause pause. Your doctor may see ( IND & - ) and say you are negative. But the (IND ) indicates you may need further testing. This means a small coarse of antibiotics then retest in a couple of weeks to allow for a possible die-off that can then be measured in testing, this may be another blood or possible urine test.