A nutritionist has told of her experience when she woke up one morning with half of her face paralysed – which doctors say was caused by stress.
Danielle initially thought she was coming down with a cold in August when she felt sluggish and lethargic for an entire week.
But the 29-year-old, from California, found it strange that she had no other symptoms.
Mrs Ferguson knew something wasn’t right when her tongue went numb and her jaw throbbed in pain as if ‘someone had punched her’ one night.
When she woke up the next day she had lost all feeling in the entire right side of her face.
Her parents drove her to hospital where doctors diagnosed her with Bell’s palsy and prescribed her with an oral steroid and antivirals.
How STRESS paralysed one half of my face
Medics said her condition was caused by stress and claimed that there was nothing she could have done to prevent it. She is still paralysed on one side of her face.
Bell’s palsy is a, usually, self-limiting condition that causes paralysis to one side of a person’s face.
The condition affects around 40,000 Americans each year and 10,000 Britons. It occurs when the facial nerve becomes inflamed.
The exact cause it not known, but stress is thought to play a role by weakening the immune system, which contributes to the inflammation of nerves.
As with almost every nerve, the facial nerve is connected to the brain to either carry information from the brain to control muscles or return information to the brain relating to sensory information.
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