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    Anyone had Bell's Palsy?

    I had Bell's Palsy back in 1997. For those who may not know of the condition, here's a link explaining it: http://www.drugs.com/cg/bell-s-palsy.html

    Back in 1997, I got on treatment right away and all the symptoms were gone in three weeks. Well, I'm one of the lucky 10% who got it again, it suddenly appeared Wednesday morning. Of course, I knew immediately what it was so I didn't freak out (the first time I thought I'd had a stroke, never having heard of it).

    The good news is that I am back on treatment and, while I was being tested, everything else came out great, blood work, testing of lungs, etc., and my blood pressure was perfect (70/120). Whew!

    It's not a life-threatening disease, but it is humbling, with the severe facial paralysis. For now, I'm wearing a patch over the right side of my mouth when I'm working or out in public, where it really shows. (Yes, the patch is an eyesore, but not as much as the actual paralysis, which is bizarre when I'm talking or, especially, smiling--not sexy!)

    Hoping I have a quick recovery as I did before, so fingers crossed. Has anyone else ever experienced Bell's Palsy?
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    Hi, I haven't ever had it, but my dad got it a few weeks ago. He had never heard of it, but my mom knew right away what he had because her brother had had it years ago. Now everytime he goes out he comes home and tells us "So I ran into ABC and guess what? Their "insert relative here" had Bell's Palsy!"

    He used an eye patch for a week or two (it was summer too, so the sun was really strong and was painful for him), but he doesn't need it anymore...

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    My youngest's best friend had it when they were about 7 or 8, turns out she had Lyme Disease and it was an outgrowth of that.

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    I had it at age 22 (I get the "humbling feeling") and had the paralysis for 3 months. I had muscle stimulation treatments and took steroids (I think), but nothing really worked. Then 90-plus percent of my movement returned over just a couple of days.

    That was in 1984 and although it is no longer noticeable by others, I cannot blow up a balloon or whistle. I played clarinet, flute, trumpet and sax before that, but never got all of the muscle strength and control needed to play like I used to. My right eye still waters more than the left eye and I cannot raise my right eyebrow (kind of like free Botox on that side of my forehead). It is mildly frustrating to do lots of everyday things.

    I hope you return to normal quickly, like before.

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    I had a mild case about 20 years ago; don't remember taking any meds and it went away after a month or two.

    An aunt currently has it and her case has lasted much longer. She has other health problems, but I don't know if they have any effect on her Bell's Palsy.

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    My step brother-in-law has it right now. It's the second time that he's had it within a year's time. Both times, he had taken Mucinex (for sinus and conjestion). Shortly after taking it, he had Bell's Palsey. He had it for close to six weeks the first time. He's had Bel's Paulsey this time for a little over a month. His doctor believes that he apparently has some type of reaction to it since it's the second time he's had it after taking the Mucinex.
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    Thank you everyone, for sharing your stories and for the kind words.

    I started my prednisone treatment yesterday, so today is the second day. Of course, no change in the facial muscles yet, but I see improvement already in one area: The inflammation near my ear (typical with Bell's Palsy) has disappeared already. It was painful enough that for three nights I had difficulty sleeping. Last night it wasn't there. So I have hope for a speedy recovery!
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    I don't have any experience, but I wish you a quick and full recovery. I'm glad you were at least aware of what was going on this time.
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    Wishing you a speedy recovery, skateboy. I didn't know anything about this until reading this thread. Hope you sleep better tonight

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    My mom has it. It bothers her the most when the weather is really cold.
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    No experience, but I really hope it goes away as quickly as it showed up, and isn't too uncomfortable in the meantime.

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    Haven't had it, but I hope it goes away ASAP for you.

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    Another one who has never had it, but who wishes you a quick recovery.

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    One of my coworkers had this about 10 years ago. She was first diagnosed in the ER, but she went to an acupuncturist for treatment - she swears this is what made her symptoms disappear and kept them from ever returning.

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    Update: some improvement! The prednisone is starting to kick in and I'm beginning to regain some movement on the affected side of my face. So I'm hopeful this will be gone in 2 or 3 weeks. Keeping my fingers crossed!
    "I hit him with my shoes... if he had given me the medal like I told him to, I wouldn't have had to hit him!" -- 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed"

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    We are keeping our fingers crossed for you too, skateboy. Glad there is already some improvement I hope it continues to improve quickly for you!

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    My piano teacher/church music minister had it. Had kind of a rough time, poor guy, as I recall. Glad to hear you're improving, skateboy. Will be praying.
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    Adding another to the "not personally, but..." group. My friend had it about 10 years ago. Can't remember how long it took her to heal up, but I've never heard her complain of any lost facial control, but she was quite young when she got it (about 20) so maybe that has something to do with it. Interesting. Glad to hear you're feeling better, sb.

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    My brother-in-law had it earlier this summer. I had heard of it because I know others who've had it, but after his was diagnosed, I did some reading about it and realized that most of the the warning signs that were mentioned he had exhibited, but we didn't realize they were related to the onset of Bell's. The main one I remember is that one of his eyes watered continually all day the day before. His case wasn't really too severe. He wears a full beard, so the drooping was not as noticeable as it might have been. He took the prescribed meds and improved quickly. I think it was gone in about three to four weeks. No sign of it now.

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    Quick update: I've got about 80% of my facial motion back now. Weaning off of the prednisone, went from eating everything in sight to not wanting food now. But I suspect it will all balance out soon. Still have ear (nerve) pain, which is expected with Bell's Palsy. With any luck, it will go away soon.

    Thanks again to all of you for the support and for sharing your stories.
    "I hit him with my shoes... if he had given me the medal like I told him to, I wouldn't have had to hit him!" -- 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed"

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