IN DEC 2010 I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BELLS PALSY....WENT AWAY IN 1 MONTH. SINCE THEN I HAVE BEEN OK...LATELY THO I FEEL LIKE MY NECK HAS BEEN HAVING SERIOUS MUSCLE SPASM....I WENT TO THE DOCTOR TODAY AND TOLD HIM MY SITUATION...HOW IM SCARED THAT THE BELLS PALSY MIGHT COME BACK....HE GAVE ME A PRESCRIPTION TO ACYCLOVIR....I LOOKED IT UP AND IT SAYS ITS FOR HERPES... NOW I DONT KNOW IF I SHOULD TAKE IT OR NOT....AND I FEEL AS IF MY LEFT SIDE OF MY FACE WHICH HAD THE BELLS PALSY LAST TIME IS FEELING WEAK AGAIN....WHAT SHOULD I DO? AND IS THERE ANYWAY I CAN PREVENT IT FROM COMING BACK AGAIN? AND SHOULD I TAKE THE ACYCLOVIR?????
I was diagnosed with Bells Palsy in 2000, and given the same prescription, but with a lot of research and asked the doctor if it could be trigenimal neuralgia. Turns out I did. However, in 2010, I had what seemed like a stroke, but found out this Monday was MS. I had a second seizure and lost sight in my left eye. No bueno. Don't ever settle for what they tell you. You need to always search and ask questions.
See a sleep center. It sounds like narcolepsy. I had the same problems you did, and viruses can actually cause narcolepsy.
I went undiagnosed for about 15 years, until I finally saw a sleep specialist and she nailed the diagnosis right away. The vast majority of doctors have absolutely no idea what it is or what it looks like, and no routine lab tests, MRI, CT scan, x-ray or anything of that nature will detect it. 75% of people with narcolepsy never get diagnosed in their lifetime.
It doesn't look the way you think it looks. Common misdiagnoses are depression, epilepsy, and migraines. I struggled for years to find an answer, and was misdiagnosed several times. I had it for probably about 20 years before I ended up with more serious symptoms of narcolepsy that actually included cataplexy (random muscle weakness that can either be isolated, or widespread). It manifested first in my face, as a sort of Bells Palsy, but when I paid closer attention I realized it happened to my other muscles, though it was very hard to notice.
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