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10/9/08 4:18 PM
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So 4 days ago, out of the blue I am sitting at work and notice tingling in the leftside of my face. By end of work day it is now numb, so I proceed to my DR.

He examines me and advises me to go to the ER because he wasconfused as to if it were bells palsy or a stroke, or maybes lymes from a tick bite. I went to the ER, they did a chest xray, ct scan, blood work. Showed no stroke, no immediete explaination. By then the left side of my face is completely paralysed and I cannot move my lip, eye or cheek on that side.

I am seeing a nuerologist, and he feels it is Bells, and has me taking anti viral, anti biotics, and anti inflammatorys, as well as going to physical therapy.

I have read alot of info about Bells, and it seems the main facts are 80-90% recover within 3-6 months. This is the most frustrating thing ive ever had. I can feel the muscles when i try to move them, but they will not move. I had to see an eye dr as well, since i cannot close my left eye at night, they were worried the cornea would dry up and get scratched.

Has anyone here had experience with Bells Palsy? I am worried I may not recover, and that is bad. Thanks
10/9/08 7:14 PM
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About two years ago my boss had the same symptoms and within 3 days the entire right side of his face was completely paralyzed and all saggy & drooping. It was Bells Palsy and it took about 4 months for him to recover but it did go away completely and he has been perfectly fine ever since.
10/12/08 2:07 AM
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Bell's Palsy is a pain in the butt, but most people recover 100%. Sounds like you are on the right track seeing all the pros and specialists possible right away, following PT and other medical orders, etc.

A few friendly words of advice:

Stay on top of it and proactively take any new developments to your medical pros.

Don't panic.

Trust the process and have confidence that you are doing everything possible.

Be patient. It's temporary.

Learn something useful from this.


Good luck and best wishes for a quick recovery!

Jason Erickson
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10/13/08 11:07 AM
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The length of time to recovery seems to relate strongly to how quickly you begin taking antiviral meds after the onset of symptoms.

I began taking antiviral meds along with prednasone within 12 hours of noticing that one side of my face was paralysed. My symptoms started to clear up within two weeks and were completely gone within 3 weeks.

Based on how early you began taking the antiviral meds, you have great chance for a quick recovery....good luck.
10/13/08 1:18 PM
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My ex's aunt supposedly had it. Only thing I noticed was the side of her cheek/mouth kinda sagged/drooped and it affected her speach. She has been like this for years so maybe she doesnt have Bells?
10/15/08 1:36 AM
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In a minority of cases, the symptoms of Bell's Palsy may become permanent. Depending on when she got it, there's a good chance that the antiviral drugs available now did not exist then.

The best answer is rapid treatment and following through until back to 100%.
10/15/08 12:07 PM
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JasonE - In a minority of cases, the symptoms of Bell's Palsy may become permanent. Depending on when she got it, there's a good chance that the antiviral drugs available now did not exist then.

The best answer is rapid treatment and following through until back to 100%.


Her's came on during or after pregnancy. That was probably 14 years ago.
10/16/08 2:04 AM
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JasonE - In a minority of cases, the symptoms of Bell's Palsy may become permanent. Depending on when she got it, there's a good chance that the antiviral drugs available now did not exist then.

The best answer is rapid treatment and following through until back to 100%.


Her's came on during or after pregnancy. That was probably 14 years ago.


Haven't seen any studies connecting Bell's Palsy with pregnancy or childbirth. However, there is an increased risk of blot clots following childbirth. It's possible your aunt had a minor stroke due to embolism.
10/16/08 4:43 PM
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Sorry to hear about that but sounds like you are doing all that can be done. A co-worker had this about 5 years ago and in fact did have a full recovery. Good luck and Next time I contact my co-worker i will get some info.
10/16/08 4:43 PM
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Sorry to hear about that but sounds like you are doing all that can be done. A co-worker had this about 5 years ago and in fact did have a full recovery. Good luck and Next time I contact my co-worker i will get some info.
10/23/08 3:07 PM
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Thanks guys for the advice/info/concern.

This really is the most frustrating thing to ever happen to me. I had a ton of injuries over the years, but to not be able to control your muscles even though you can feel them is so infuriating. It brings a new perspective to how people with spinal cord injuries must feel. Not that I am comparing Bells Palsy to spinal injuries, but if I am this frustrated not being able to blink or chew, it must be a nightmare to have this feeling all over your body.

I have been doing physical therapy 2xweek. He gave me an electric stim device to shock myself at night, to get the muscles to contract etc. I do that twice a dayon my own. I just finished the prescriptions given to me, prednizone aclyvir and something else. The er dr did not tell me i had to cycle down the prednizone. So i took all 3 weeks worth and just stopped. I was ready to kill someone i had such bad mood swings :( They gave me a new prescription and I am cycling now down to take the edge off.

I am able to barely move the corner of my mouth, and half way clse my eye. I suppose it ill just take time and I have to hope I do recover fully.
11/3/08 3:44 PM
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