Carnie Wilson has never been silent about the many health struggles she has endured throughout her life, particularly her battle against obesity including her gastric by-pass surgery in 1999, followed by lap-band surgery in early 2012.
Now the 44-year singer and mother of two has made public her recent struggle to overcome Bell’s Palsy which hit the left side of her face 12 days ago.
Bell's Palsy is a form of facial paralysis that can result in facial drooping due to a nerve malfunction. The nerve damage may also affect the patient’s sense of taste and how they manufacture tears and saliva. The condition comes on suddenly, often overnight, and usually gets better on its own within a few weeks. It is not caused by a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke.Wilson also revealed that she had it on her right side 14 years ago.
Wilson, best known as a former member of the group Wilson Phillips (as well as the daughter of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson) remains optimistic about her prognosis and tweeted her fans that she is making progress with her recovery.
"Twelve days out of Bell's and doing much better! All your wishes have warmed my heart and it's making me heal faster! Yay!" she tweeted Monday. "Remember I go public because it's gonna help someone else with same thing! BTW”
One day before sharing her diagnosis with her fans, Wilson had tweeted, "I'm having such challenges right now -- I'm praying for peace, health, order and serenity. Love everyone's tweets back to me. Love you all."
In addition to the facial sagging other symptoms can include: Drooling; Eye problems, such as excessive tearing or a dry eye, as well as an inability to close the eye on the affected side; Loss of ability to taste; Pain in or behind the ear, and an increased sensitivity to sound; and Numbness in the affected side of your face.
Increased sensitivity to sound.
Most people who have Bell's palsy recover completely, without treatment, in 1 to 2 months. This is especially true for people who can still partly move their facial muscles. But a small number of people may have permanent muscle weakness or other problems on the affected side of the face. While Carnie is treating her condition with acupuncture, others may need to take a corticosteroid. This medicine can lower your risk for long-term problems from Bell's palsy. Some doctors may also prescribe antiviral medicine, such as acyclovir.
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