A few days ago, 28-year-old Justin Bieber announced that he had to postpone three shows (two in Toronto and one in D.C.) on his Justice World Tour over some health woes. The Biebs didn’t get into details but said that the currently rusty, disgusting wrench in everyone’s plans, Coronavirus, didn’t play a part and isn’t what’s keeping him down. And yesterday, Justin posted a video on Instagram where he shared what’s been happening to him, and well, it’s a little difficult for Justin Bieber to be yodeling about how he’s got his peaches out in Georgia when he can’t move half of his face. Justin said that he’s dealing with a scary syndrome called Ramsay Hunt and it’s temporarily paralyzed half of his face.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome was named after American neurologist James Ramsay Hunt. Mayo Clinic says that Ramsay Hunt syndrome happens when the varicella-zoster virus (the herpes virus that causes chickenpox and shingles) infects facial nerves. It happens to anyone who has had chickenpox, and it usually happens to people over the age of 60. It can sometimes lead to permanent deafness, facial paralysis, and eye damage.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome (herpes zoster oticus) occurs when a shingles outbreak affects the facial nerve near one of your ears. In addition to the painful shingles rash, Ramsay Hunt syndrome can cause facial paralysis and hearing loss in the affected ear.
Ramsay Hunt syndrome is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. After chickenpox clears up, the virus still lives in your nerves. Years later, it may reactivate. When it does, it can affect your facial nerves.
Prompt treatment of Ramsay Hunt syndrome can reduce the risk of complications, which can include permanent facial muscle weakness and deafness.
In a 3-minute Instagram video, Justin explained what he’s going through and why he had to cancel some shows.
I have this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt syndrome and it is from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear, in my facial nerves, and has caused my face to have paralysis. As you can see, this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face. This nostril will not move. So there’s full paralysis on this side of my face. So for those who are frustrated by my cancellations of the next shows, I’m just physically, obviously, not capable of doing them. This is pretty serious, as you can see. I wish this wasn’t the case but obviously, my body is telling me I’ve gotta slow down. And I hope you guys understand and I’ll be using this time to just rest and relax and get back to 100% so I can do what I was born to do. But in the meantime, this ain’t it. I gotta go get my rest on so that I can get my face back to where it’s supposed to be.
The Biebs, who also has Lyme disease, ended his video by saying that his face will go back to normal and it’s going to be okay, and he has hope and trusts God. And he also says that he’s doing facial exercises to help with his recovery. When he said “facial exercises” in his video, I’m surprised that face workout queen, Greer Childers, didn’t magically appear behind him to show him how facial exercises are really done.
I’ve had shingles and it’s no joke. I was lucky in that I only had a little rash, the bad kind of tingling, and a slight case of embarrassment from me saying, “But I haven’t gotten any in forever,” after my doctor let me know I had shingles from the herpes virus. “Not that kind of herpes,” he said with an eye roll and an ugh.
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