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Old 11-20-21, 04:55 AM
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Unhappy Damaged Nerve

Hello. During the start of the currently month i had a crash with my roadbike. I had some minor fractures and the worst of all i had on my face , the cheeckbone.
My cheeckbone were fractured and pressed towards the inside plus the hematoma. I had to be moved from another hospital since on my city is not working properly (i left unconscious for hours and i still can't remember anything).
Two days after the crash i had my operation to fix my cheeckbone. They decided to operate from the inside of the mouth to reduce the scars on my face (well , sound bad and good at the same point).
After the operation i had a strange feeling on my face and i decided to talk with a doctor. You had a "nerve damaged" he said, but the strange thingh is that i had almost more feeling before the operation.
Today , after 16 days of the operation (and 18 from the crash) i can't feel mostly of my face...
My upper lip , my left cheeck , my left eyelashes , left nostril and half nose.
I know the recovery is very long but since i'm home i had to admit that i'am overthinking...
Seems nothing , but there is a lot going on even of those small parts...
I can't drink properly from a glass , i can't breath with both nostril (at least normally) , i can't talk since i feel my lip stuck and last but not least i feel like a "cripple" while kissing my girlfriend....

i know actually i have 50% change to recover but i want help the body with all my possibilities.
  • Do you guys have any advice regarding "how to help the body with the regeneration of the nerve?"
  • Do you guys had someone with any nerve issue? did him/her solved the problem?
  • Is normal that after the operation i had the "anesthesia" feeling and some other parts that were normal as the lip now is more problematic?
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Old 11-20-21, 08:42 AM
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Earlier this year I fell down and wacked the side of my foot on the pedal. My podiatrist said it was nerve damage, not broken bone.

You can encourage healing by controlling inflammation. You do that by avoiding refined foods. I eat a lot of fruit. Exercise will improve circulation, as will gentle heat.

This is just a guess, but it sounds like one or more nerves got cut in the operation. Sometimes they heal, sometimes they don't. Good luck.
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Old 11-20-21, 09:08 AM
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CrowSeph , sorry about your crash. With respect to nerve damage, the spine surgeon that saved my life in 2014 told me to give it a few years and what doesn't come back consider it to be permanent. Yes, it takes a long time but what you need to do in the meantime is get or stay healthy through diet, exercise, medicine, mental health, and keep kissing your girlfriend. You'll get used to it.
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Sorry to hear of this. I would consult a neurologist. You may have an onset of Bells Palsey coincidental with your surgery. Common treatment is a steroid regimen to reduce inflammation. If not then the surgeon most likely accidentally cut the Trigeminal (facial) nerve during surgery hence the paralysis. .
The partial facial paralysis you describe is consistent with Bells Palsey symptoms. There is a ton of information about it on the web.
I suffered a rather severe case in 1997 and still have very slight paralysis in the nerve-damaged areas of my face (left side only).
Hope you heal.
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Long story but my right hand was almost completely severed and reattached. As a result I suffered some pretty significant nerve damage. It took many years but I eventually recovered most of the feeling/sensation in the hand. My digital dexterity isnít great and I have the grip strength of a five year old little girl but it could have been a lot worse. The docs were actually amazed at how well the hand healed.
I think it helped that I was young.
My best wishes on your recovery.
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@late i took steroid 1mg x 5d + antibiotics and other stuff. I'm currently try to balance my diet but as hard i try is always a problem since my feeding is not super wide.
@2seven0: i don't think is the bells palsey's paralysis because i can do all my face expressions , just the sensibility is gone.
@Rage: wow that's impressive.

update: today while showering i started coughing , basically i was inaling water without feeling it...

ps. thanks everyone for the good recovery whishes
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It is good you have no paralysis or muscle weakness that means only your sensory nerves are affected not the motor nerves.
Hopefully you can still taste all that great Italian food!!
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It took me a long time to come back from it. You will bounce back too.
Weird things like what happened in the shower will become normal. It’s no big deal. You’ll get better. Just may take some time.
I was burning myself in the kitchen for years before my hand regained sensation. My pinky finger took the longest to heal. Over ten years!

Please keep us up to date on your recovery.
You are going to be fine. Allow yourself the time to recover. My hand was like a withered chicken’s foot for almost two years after the surgery. It looks almost normal now but it was some time before people stopped asking what happened to it.
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Originally Posted by Rage View Post
It took me a long time to come back from it. You will bounce back too.
Weird things like what happened in the shower will become normal. Itís no big deal. Youíll get better. Just may take some time.
I was burning myself in the kitchen for years before my hand regained sensation. My pinky finger took the longest to heal. Over ten years!

Please keep us up to date on your recovery.
You are going to be fine. Allow yourself the time to recover. My hand was like a withered chickenís foot for almost two years after the surgery. It looks almost normal now but it was some time before people stopped asking what happened to it.
thanks , that comforting me a lot!
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