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Sunday, July 17, 2011 pahunt, Community Member, asks

Q: Long Term effects of bell's palsy

why isn't there more information and research on bell's palsy?  I got it 5 1/2years ago, and still have symptoms.  my face is still not right on the left side. I have met so many people who have  had it or know someone who has it or had it.  I don't believe it's as rare as what is reported.  It effects my speech, and the way the left side of my face "works"  my left eye closes when I eat or do other things.  my eye waters, especially when I eat, and I just have this weird feeling on that side of my face all the time.  Why have the symptoms lasted so long? is it stress?  When I got it, the Dr. said it was stress related.  now, my left eyelid seems to droop a little more over time. I'm afraid it'll close all together.  I'm scared I will have other problems with that eye.  There are no answers to these questions, and I feel really lost when trying to find out what the effects of having this for so long could be.  any info would be appreciated.  I was only treated with steroids and anti viral ( I think ) meds when I got it.  I didn't have any testing or anything else. that's all I  had as far as treatment.

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Eileen Bailey, Health Guide
7/18/11 8:02am

Thank you for your question.

 

Unfortunately, I am not familiar with bell's palsy and we do not have information on that topic here at AnxietyConnection.com.

 

I did find the following information: Bell's Palsy and you may be able to find more at HighBloodPressureConnection.com

 

I am sorry I could not be more helpful.

 

Eileen

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LeftSide, Community Member
3/17/14 11:24am

I was floored to hear that your representative, Eileen, was not familiar with Bell's Palsy or even did some research before responding! 

 

Bell's Palsy has NOTHING to do with high blood pressure.  Why on earth would you suggest that the poster go to that site?  

 

 

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luvmydogs, Community Member
6/29/12 10:32am

I too suffer from long-lasting effects of bells palsy. If I lift my left eyebrow, it sounds like a drum is playing in my ear. My eye tears up and they stream down my face when I eat (very annoying and embarrasing). My eye and mouth still have faint droop. I still have bouts of pain behind my left ear. Apparently, there is no explaination for this according to my neurologist. Anyway, I'm sure the minor side effects I notice from having bell's palsy could have been worse.

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Donna-1, Community Member
6/29/12 10:06pm

My father had bell's palsy a few years ago.  He had problems drooling and one side of his face was paralyzed for a short while, but he was fortunate -- he didn't have lasting effects.  The best info I've found on it is on Wikipedia.

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ppicazo, Community Member
7/31/13 10:20am

I hope this message gets to you...it's been two years since your posting.  I have the same side effects of Bell's Palsy i.e. eye tearing while I eat, eyelid dropping more over time, "weird" feeling on the affected side of my face.  I continue to receive accupuncture treatments once a week to help with the assymetry of my face.  The treatments have helped.  I've tried to eliminate simple sugars form my diet (check out this website: www.karenhurd.com/pages/healthtopics/specifichealthconcerns/ht-shc-bellspalsy.html).  I take vitamin supplements, especially a good B-complex, and supplement that with B12.  I'm trying to do facial exercises more often to retrain the affected side of the face, although I haven't been as consistant as I should.  I really believe that stess and simple sugars have a big impact on recovery.  Hope this is helpful.  Good luck.

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By pahunt, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/17/14, First Published: 07/17/11