Complete Information on Barre Lieou Syndrome

By: Juliet Cohen

A syndrome characterized by trauma or arthritic changes involving the third and fourth cervical vertebrae or cervical disk lesions with provocation of the cranial nuclei, the fifth and eight cranial nerves being chiefly affected. This causes a disturbance of circulation in the region of the cranial nuclei, affecting especially the fifth and eight nerves. Symptoms that characterize the Barre-Lieou Syndrome: Headache, facial pain, ear pain, vertigo, tinnitus, loss of voice, hoarseness, neck pain severe fatigue, muscle weakness, sinus congestion, sense of eyeball being pulled out, dizziness, fatigue, numbness.

Other symptoms may include dysesthesias of the hands and forearms (pins-and-needles sensation), corneal sensitivity, dental pain, anxiety, depression, and memory ,thinking disorders, lacrimation (tearing of the eyes), blurred vision, facial numbness, shoulder pain, swelling on one side of the face, nausea, vomiting, and localized cyanosis of the face (bluish color). Any type of vertebral instability or subluxation can effect the function of the nerve cell aggregations located in the front of the neck just in front of the vertebrae. The vertebral instability or malalignment occurs because the ligaments that support the neck become injured.

Male and female both affected this syndrome. Treatment of Barre-Lieou Typically, headache sufferers take Cafergot, Ergotamine, and Sumatriptin, to relieve the migraine or cluster headache pain because these vasoconstrict the blood vessels. The medications are, at best, a temporary fix. Prolotherapy to the vertebrae in the neck is the treatment of choice to permanently eliminate Barre-Lieou Syndrome. This occurs because Prolotherapy causes the vertebrae in the neck to move posteriorly and no longer pinch the nerves.

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