What do you think?

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  1. J68

    J68 Member

    This is really absurd, but it has been leaving me in torment for the past 6 months. What originally started was me being unsatisfied with the way I look (the massive amount of hairs on my face - well not massive, but quite a few I suppose). Did some research and went ahead for hair removal treatment (Electrolysis). Treatments were done on the lower part of the face including lips. At first was great, problem emerged 8 months after when I woke up one morning and saw disfigurement in my mouth. One side of the lips was slighty slanted, can feel it when I talk, the tightness in the area - completely unnatural.

    Figured it was nerve damage, didn't go away for a month. In a mode of desperate panic, I held up my two hands (a stupid move probably), placed them on my mouth, and begin rubbing it like it wasn't my own. Continued the action vigorously, daily, figured it would loosen up the nerve and rectify the problem - but I guess it didn't. In turn, my mouth became enormous.
    Seen doctors, including a Neurologist and nothing could be done. Said it would eventually heal on its own.

    It's now 6 months past. Although I admit the swelling doesn't look as bad like it was at first, but it's still very visible. My mouth would occassionally
    feel tired because of the tension caused by the swelling. It has also screwed up my facial expression making me look like an angry person and negatively impacted my relationship with others and my social life. I've went into depression and thought about suicide before. It has also resulted me with social anxiety and been locking myself up in the house for a long time.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    hi hun sorry you are suffering so with this disfigurement Have you talked to a specialist about this nerve damage at all a neurologist? I would think something could be done like a botox injection to relax the muscle. Get a specialist opinion. hugs to you
     
  3. J68

    J68 Member

    Seems like the shape is back to normal, it's just that the swelling still haven't completely gone away. It's been 6 months now, although there have been signs of healing, but sometimes it just feels like it remains unchanged for a long period of time. The doctors told me there's nothing could be done with it and to just let it heal itself. I figured the swelling is from the physical trauma I made from rubbing it too much.
     
  4. total eclipse

    total eclipse SF Friend Staff Alumni

    Glad it is returning to normal did the doctor suggest heat compressies or cold compresses for the swelling that sometimes helps hugs
     
  5. J68

    J68 Member

    Heat compress yes, I still do it occassionally, but it doesn't seem like it's helping.
     
  6. Sadeyes

    Sadeyes Staff Alumni

    Please make sure that the etiology of this is not more problematic...talk to your MD and see if a neuro exam is indicated...the earlier something is identified, the easier it is treated
     
  7. J68

    J68 Member

    I went to my family doctor when it first started. He suspect it may be nerve damage so he referred me to a Neurologist. Seen her and she said it was some kind of local thing (I don't remember exactly what she said), but she did not order any tests or anything, just told me to wait and let it heal on its own. It's now 6 months after, it did gotten better than before, but it just taking a long time and sometimes it feels like it paused and it's not making any progress. I must have injuried it pretty bad when I rubbed it.
     
  8. Sadeyes

    Sadeyes Staff Alumni

    There are several disorders which affect the nerves on a temporary basis...sometimes, facial exercises and gentle massage can help...please let me know if you would like some suggestions...J
     
  9. J68

    J68 Member

    I don't know, the doctor advise me to avoid any movement if possible. Although at first when it happened, I did suspect there's nerve damage 'cause of the disfigurement and tightness around the area, but now that I rubbed it and 6 months past, the tightness seems to be gone. It just left with the swelling from the result of the rubbing. The last 2 months sometimes I can feel sharp pain inside the upper lip if I stretch it too much. Maybe it's starting to heal in that area I don't know. I may have torn some arteries and veins from the excessive rubbing.
     
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