From Guntersville, Alabama, USA:
About 10 years ago, I had inflammation of the fourth optic nerve on my right side, causing blurry and distorted vision, and it took about three months for my eye to get close to normal. The following year, I developed inflammation of the seventh cranial nerve on my left side (Bell's palsy) which lasted approximately a week. About three months ago, I developed "Bell's palsy" once again on my left side and was on steroids, but nothing has changed. I have been seeing a neurologist who has told me that it is very unusual to have a recurrence of Bell's palsy, especially on the same side. I was diagnosed with type 2 last year. Is it possible that these nerve problems are connected to my diabetes?
Neuropathies involving cranial nerves have been clearly described with type 2 diabetes. However, they usually occur after many years of diabetes, not at the onset. It is possible you have had diabetes for several years prior to the diagnosis. The timing of onset is a difficult problem in describing the history of type 2 diabetes. I would also ask your neurologist if there are other neurologic diseases in which cranial nerve neuropathies may occur.
Original posting 13 Sep 2002
Posted to Other Illnesses
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:38
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.
This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2015. Comments and Feedback.