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Question: I started experiencing facial numbness and tingling on the right side of my face about three weeks ago. It started directly under my right eye and right side of my nose and has now spread to the right side of cheek and lip. Even the side of my right lip and gum area is numb. Painful tingling comes and goes. I ignored it thinking that it would pass but now when I wake up my vision is really blurred and the numbness and tingling seem to be getting worse. This is really beginning to scare me.

Also this may not be related but I am having sharp pain in my right kidney area. It hurts when I inhale and it's extremely sore. Please Help

Sarah


Answer:

Dear Sarah,

Lyme disease can cause facial numbness tingling on the right side of the face or left side and kidney pain.

It is usually misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia and anxiety.

Temporary paralysis of one side of the face is called "Bell's Palsy".

Numbness may occur weeks, months or even years after an untreated infection.

Lyme disease (Borreliosis) is a bacterial infection , caused by spirochete bacteria.

If you live in grassy and wooded areas you're more likely to get Lyme disease.

If ignored, the early symptoms may disappear, but more serious problems can develop months to years later.

The absence of symptoms doesn't mean the disease is gone. Left untreated, Lyme disease can spread to the rest of your body from several months to years after infection causing arthritis and nervous system problems.

Lyme disease is treated with antibiotics.

"Bell's Palsy" is due to viral inflammation along the facial nerve due to a Herpes Simplex virus.
Since the facial nerve controls closure of the eyelid, paralysis of the face can lead to incomplete lid closure and drying of the cornea (the clear covering over the pupil).

You must be vigilant in watching for this potentially complication


Be aware that Steroids are contraindicated allow the spirochetes to reproduce in a body without immune protection


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