Bell's Palsy


A facial paralysis (7th cranial nerve) The cause is a viral infection.

In April 2000 I was diagnosis as having a Bell’s palsy on the right side of my face. I was in shock, apart from the disfigurement of my face. My speech was slurred and it was a struggle to make myself understood. I could not raise my eyebrows, smile of show my teeth or close my eye. I had a loss of several senses, no feeling of touch just numbness, my vision was distorted due to both eyelids not functioning, my eye would need to be taped at night to prevent drying of the eye. Hearing was also distorted; sounds appeared to have an echo with a feeling of discomfort behind my ear. Eating and drinking was a problem, as I had no feeling of touch of any sensation of hot or cold, I experienced difficulty in swallowing food or fluid and a loss of taste, lips had to be protected. Pain was constant, between toothache and earache a feeling of tightness and hotness down the side of my neck.

I visited my local G.P practice, and commenced on a course of steroids for a month, taking 8 tablets daily for a week, thereafter reducing to 6, 4, then 2 tablets weekly until the course had been completed. I also visited a specialist, who confirmed that it was a Bell’s palsy, it would take 6 months to 2 years to recover. He also arranged a visit to the physio dept. my recovery was very slow.

In August four months on, to my horror I developed a Bell’s palsy on the other side of my face. Once again I was commenced on a course of steroids and analgesia.

My husband was driving along Great Western Rd, when he noticed. The Hui Chun clinic of TCM. Chinese Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Tui-Na DR.WEI XIONG CHEN.
An appointment was made for the next day; I had nothing to lose.

I attended Dr. Chen clinic, he takes the time to listen, he treats you as an individual, his aim is to help you to obtain a cure and maintain good health and he certainly has given me back my quality of life within two treatments in one week of acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine. It was astounding! I had recovered 60%, with NO PAIN. I regularly attend the clinic; my health has improved greatly with an added bonus of being pain free.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank some special people, for their love and support throughout my illness; my husband, daughters, family, friends, neighbors and working colleagues.

Last but not least, Dr. Chen for his skill in traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture I will be eternally grateful and would not hesitate to recommend to family and fiends.

Best wishes

S Rodger 16th Aug 2000

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