Facial palsy after cocaine use
There's a wonderful episode in Toby Young's How to Lose Friends and Alienate People - a record of his disastrous stint working as a journalist in New York - when the hapless hack wakes up one morning to discover that half his face is paralysed. Convinced he has suffered a "coke stroke" - brought on by excessive consumption of Class A narcotics - he rushes to his doctor who diagnoses a condition called Bell's Palsy before shamelessly inquiring if Young has any idea where he himself can get some. It's one of the funniest anecdotes in the book. Or at least it was until I myself recently came down with Bell's Palsy, at which point the idea of wonky faces and dribbling mouths suddenly became a lot less amusing. Named after Sir Charles Bell, the 19th-century surgeon who first described the condition, Bell's Palsy is an inflammation of the seventh cranial nerve, the matrix of 7, nerve fibres that control the muscles of the face and hence all facial movement and expression. In 99 per cent of cases it affects only one side of the face, and although an estimated one in 70 of the UK population will suffer from it at some point in their lifetime, there is still no medical consensus as to what causes it.
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What to do about Bell's palsy
What to do about Bell's palsy - Harvard Health
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What is Bell's Palsy? What are the symptoms? What causes Bell's Palsy?
NCBI Bookshelf. Pranav Modi ; Tasneem Arsiwalla. Authors Pranav Modi 1 ; Tasneem Arsiwalla 2. It is also referred to as gustatory lacrimation. The facial motor nucleus sympathetic is a collection of lower motor neurons in the lower part of pons innervating the muscles of facial expression and stapedius.
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