Thursday, October 11, 2007

Off to See the Doctor

Rather than being at work and saving lives via telephone today, I took the day off so that I could go see my doctor about some rather strange numbness and tingling I have developed on the right side of my face and head. It came on rather suddenly Monday afternoon and has continued off and on since then so I figure that rather than just self-diagnose myself through the wonders of WebMD and other on-line doom and gloom-sayers I would actually go see someone with a medical degree!

I had spoken to one of the paramedics at work on Monday about it and he had suggested perhaps Bell's Palsy as the problem and then another friend who is also a paramedic, Andrew, reconfirmed that last night during an on-line chat. I had hesitated looking at anything online about it after talking to Glenn because, like he said, when you plug in your symptoms online you could have anything from a common cold to some deadly disease that you've never even heard of! However, after talking to Andrew, I did look at Bell's Palsy and my symptoms are pretty much right on the money though there are always other things it could be.

At any rate, I am off to see the doctor here in a couple of minutes to see what he has to say. I'm hoping that there are no expensive tests involved as my health insurance has notoriously high co-pays for things like CT scans and MRIs ($250 and $500 respectively!). Talk about numbing! Having to fork out that kind of money would be much worse than the Novacaine-like feeling I've been having for several days!

Oh well, could be worse, I hear some people have some notorious drooling associated with this sort of thing and luckily that hasn't happened - yet!


  1. My brother suffered with Bell's Palsy when he was about 15 years old. He just woke up one morning looking as though he'd had a stroke! It frightened the bejebus out of us I can tell you. If my memory serves me right there wasn't any treatment it just went away of it's own accord, though it did take about six weeks!

  2. Anonymous12:01 PM EDT

    I've known a couple of people with Bell's Palsy. It makes you look weird and it comes on with extreme stress usually. I hope you're OK.

  3. Anonymous12:19 PM EDT

    Ditto what the others said.

    BUT: You're not sitting in an unusual position when you work, are you, cradling the telephone, something like that?

    Odd things can happen when nerves are pinched or blood supply reduced to parts of the body.

    I thought I was getting flat feet once. Turned out I was just pressing on the side of my foot when I sat by the PC, for hours on end. Cue weird crippling foot ache!

  4. I also know a could people with Bells...and agree with loanshark...could be any number of things...get a couple opinions

  5. I've heard others have it as well, Linda. Hope it will go away swiftly.

  6. I hope things turn out the way you want them to. Big hug. :)

  7. I hope it's nothing terrible (and Bell's isn't so terrible if that's what it turns out to be).

    Good luck in medical-land.

  8. my dad had Bell's palsy and it could be that. It's not as terrible as it sounds and it does go away.

    Hope you get GREAT news!!!

  9. I'm sorry to hear of your medical problems Linda. I hope it all works out ok.
    Now onto the paramedics subject...not that I don't like paramedics, they are a very important part of life in emergency situations...but they aren't trained to diagnose diseases.
    A friend of mine called an ambulance for her mother who was having tightness in her chest. The paramedics were told that she had a heart attack in June of this year. Despite that history they rolled her into the ER and told the nurse that they think she has a cold. She was given a few tests and and sent home. She had a heart attack the next day. Luckily she survived, she had numerous blockages, two of which are being watched and will be removed after some rest from the others being removed. Do yourself a favor and try not to guess, or think the worst...or get a diagnosis from somebody who hasn't taken a complete health history of you... you will make yourself crazy...LOL
    Good luck Linda.... get well soon.

  10. Anonymous1:24 PM EDT

    I've heard of Bell's Palsy, hope you feel better soon!

    Fantastic pic of Homer BTW!

    Wish you all the best!


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