Help me close my eye and fix my nerve pain.
September 10, 2008 10:47 PM Subscribe
I have Bell's Palsy and a most-likely pinched nerve in my neck. I need to manage this so I can go to work.
posted by nataliedanger to health & fitness (11 answers total)
I have been having very extreme neck pain for a few days. It was radiating into my face and back, and basically felt like a very pinched nerve. It is so intense that I feel nauseated from the pain. I've tried the whole warm-compress thing with no luck. Then, while I was putting on my makeup this morning, half my face suddenly stopped working-- I couldn't move my eyelid at all, and my mouth was all droopy.
I thought I was having a stroke, so I rushed to the doctor. They said it was Bell's Palsy, and said that it may be connected somehow to the pinched nerve in my neck, and prescribed me some steroids and and anti-viral for the Palsy. Also, they tested me for Lyme's.
They also prescribed me Tylenol 3 (Acetaminophen + Codeine) and prescription-strength ibuprofen for the neck pain. Here are my questions:
1. I was excused from work today (I'm a personal care worker), because I really can't be on the Tylenol 3 at work. However, I have to work tomorrow, and the ibuprofen just won't cut it. The doctor didn't give me any ideas for how to eliminate this pinched nerve, and I stupidly forgot to ask. The pain really makes my job hard, and I can't really miss another day. Or afford the chiropractor until our new benefits kick in in October. What should I do???
2. The palsy is mostly just a pain, but I can't close my right eye. My eye is pretty much totally dried up all the time. I've put drops in, but it doesn't last long if I can't blink regularly. I have to make it blink with my finger. I tried to tape it shut, but then I can't see well or walk straight. Plus, the tape doesn't stick for long and I'm not really sure what is more irritating- tape on my face, or an eye that won't close. And sleeping is going to be hard. Help me fix my eye!!!
I'm sorry, I realize that this is very rambly, but I'm very tired from the drugs. I'm really dreading work tomorrow, but I've already missed two days this week (yesterday from the neck problem), and I have to make the hours up before next week is over. That will mean working two overnight-doubles. I don't know how I will pull that off feeling the way I do. So I certainly can't miss another day.