My partner who is diabetic recently had all the upper teeth extracted for dentures. Unfortunately 48 hours later his left face froze, no movement or smile. I immediately thought stroke, and rushed him to urgent care. It was not stroke, but a condition called Bells Palsy, which is caused by severe inflammation to the main nerve to the one side or the other of the face. This was likely caused by the extraction in the same area where the nerve enters. The treatment for this is high doses of antivirals and prednisone. If any of you are diabetic, you may know the steroids cause complete havok in the blood sugar, both elevating to 2-300+, and causing a crash overnight to as low as 55.
The highs are not as dangerous as the lows, but very uncomfortable. The lows scare the shit out of me. If anyone knows foods or tricks to keep the levels from crashing so far overnight, I would very much appreciate hearing what anyone may know. I can keep the highs down with very low carb and high protien during the day, I can't quite figure out what to do for the overnight other than when it crashes he feels like shit and gets very shaky and lightheaded. This is dangerous if he does not wake up.
Fortunatly we only have 4 more days to go with the prednisone, and then the huge shifts will go back to a more normal level. Hopefully the face paralysis also starts to go away.
Thanks for any advice. He does not use insulin. only metformin and glimiperide.
Edited by Skywatcher, 09 March 2018 - 10:16 AM.