Bell's Palsy

Erin - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I have had Bell's Palsy for about 4 months now. It is getting better, I can close my left eye now and I have more movement on that side. I'm just wondering if any other mom's out there have had this or have known of someone that has had this, and how long it lasts. Thanks and have a great one!

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Louise - posted on 11/09/2012

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Just thought I needed to add my experience as I used sites like this to help me, I now have a 2 year old but I got bells palsy at 35 weeks pregnant, I did the stupid thing of watching utube clips of Americans that have had it for 10 years and freaked, hysterically crying, looking very wonky lol. I can now laugh about it was I was VERY upset at the time, from reading the internet I got rid of it within 3 weeks, mine came after i had the flu and I still get the tingling in my ear now but I get rid of it using Ibuprofen ( the one that helps swelling) and Vitamin B - which if you are preggers, just take pregnacare tablets as this has the vitamin in it ! I did silly things I read like trying to sing in the mirror and I didn't stop talking as something said to keep it moving, the Ibuprofen reduces the swelling in your ear of the nerve, and its this little nerve in your ear that gets infected and when it swells it don't work and stops your face from working ( that's my own understanding btw). Just don't panic, crying wont do you any harm any way but have lots of rest as its caused by a low immune system, so eat healthy, and take these and fingers crossed, oh and stay out of the bath and getting your ear inside wet !

Erin - posted on 01/06/2010

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Quoting Shelby:

i had Bell's Palsy in the last month of pregnancy. it's from a pinched nerved, often from swelling/inflammation or a misaligned vertebrae. my doctor gave me steroids to reduce the inflammation, so it lasted about 10 days i think, which i think is about average, even without steroids. but since they wouldn't have hurt my baby (they were the same kind they give to help a baby develop that is at risk of being premature) i went ahead and took them to make sure it didn't last any longer. it is REALLY annoying!! as i'm sure you know.

have you seen a doctor about it? 4 MONTHS seems like a really long time, and usually the longer you have it the higher the risk of permanent nerve damage. which is no fun, i even have one eyelid that's a bit droopier than the side not effected by the bell's palsy, and sometimes that side of my face gets twitchy (like it did for me when the palsy began and when it started to improve) and if i visit my chiropractor and get adjusted that usually helps the twitching a lot. if you haven't yet, i would certainly see a doctor.



yes it is very annoying!! I saw my doctor about a month ago, he said I could take physical therapy for it, I probably need to go back and do it. My left eye has been twitching like crazy the past couple of days. So maybe it's improving, and maybe a chiropractor would help also. thanks for the advice!!

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Jordana - posted on 01/19/2012

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hello erin



i am 28 weeks pregnant and been diagnosed with bells palsy for one week this is very annoying i am feeling very low and today the have given me the first dose of steroids and they have sent me to physio do any of you have any advise for it to get better is this dangerous with my pregnancy

Erin - posted on 01/07/2010

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Thanks for all of the replies ladies:) I have been doing some facial exercises and been smiling alot (I'm sure I look like a tard if someone from the outside was looking in LOL). Like I said earlier it has gotten better, when I went back to the docs he said there wasn't any meds I could take now. Does anyone think maybe vitamins would work? He had said something about a B12 vitamin. thanks again

Danielle - posted on 01/06/2010

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I knew someone who had it and it basically lasted until she started taking medication for it, after she gave birth. She had it for about 2 months after giving birth because she chose to breastfeed and she couldn't take the medication while pregnant or breastfeeding. All is normal for her now.

Michelle - posted on 01/06/2010

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I DEVELOPED BELLS PALSY WHEN MY DAUGHTER WAS ABOUT 9 MNTHS OLD,(FEB.2007) AND LADY IT HAS BEEN DIFFICULT, I UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY....BUT I SEEN A NEUROLOGIST AND HE RECOMMENDED EXERCISES TO DO SUCH AS FLEXING MY NECK MUSCLES AND TRYING TO HOLD MY MOUTH CLOSED WHILE BLOWING MY JAWS OUT,KEEP SMILING THAT HAS BEEN MY WORST PART TO DEAL WITH,NOT TO BRAG BUT I HAD AN AWESOME SMILE WHICH IS NOW CROOKED,KEEP WORKING THOSE MUSCLES THOUGH SO THE NERVES KEEP GROWING BACK THAT HAVE DIED BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT HAS CAUSED IT TO BEGIN WITH..ALSO MY EYES WATER ALOT EXSPECIALLY WHEN I EAT,HOPING THAT WILL STOP...GOOD LUCK TO YOU!!!

Lyssa - posted on 01/06/2010

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my fiance has it and he doesn't take anything for it. His eye waters a lot from it and that eye is a bit more closed then the other one, sometimes he loses the feeling in the right side of his face but it doesn't bother him too much so he doesn't do anything about it

Natasha - posted on 01/06/2010

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I have had bells palsy. I got it when I was 2 yrs old after an ear infection. Due to my age at the time I never received any medication and had to recover naturally. I have photos before and after and my smile has definitely not the same. I also get a watery eye occasionally on my right side. There is nothing wrong with my speech, it has really only affected my smile. I only smile with a closed mouth in photographs, as my sister pointed out I look 'constipated' if I smile with my mouth open. Most people don't notice it now, but there has been nerve damage. I have a dulled sensation on my right side, so if someone were to slap me I wouldn't feel it so sharp as on my left side. It would still hurt though.

My stepfather also had bells palsy. As far as I knew he fully recovered. He was medicated quite heavily though.

Amber - posted on 01/06/2010

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Hi! I have not had Bell's Palsy, but my brother has. His lasted for about 3 months I would say. When I took him to the doctor who diagnosed him the doctor said that it could go away in a day or two, months, years, or never. The doctor also said it could go away and then later in life come back. He said every person is different. He also told my brother that Sylvester Stallone also has/had Bell's Palsy.

Mary Jo - posted on 01/06/2010

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Well, my late father in law had it due to an infection that occured. I don't want to be negative but the lips and his foot were things he never recovered from. He was also a lot older than you and had many more complication in his life. Keep your chin up and pray. It works! Mary Jo Clark

Shelby - posted on 01/06/2010

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i had Bell's Palsy in the last month of pregnancy. it's from a pinched nerved, often from swelling/inflammation or a misaligned vertebrae. my doctor gave me steroids to reduce the inflammation, so it lasted about 10 days i think, which i think is about average, even without steroids. but since they wouldn't have hurt my baby (they were the same kind they give to help a baby develop that is at risk of being premature) i went ahead and took them to make sure it didn't last any longer. it is REALLY annoying!! as i'm sure you know.



have you seen a doctor about it? 4 MONTHS seems like a really long time, and usually the longer you have it the higher the risk of permanent nerve damage. which is no fun, i even have one eyelid that's a bit droopier than the side not effected by the bell's palsy, and sometimes that side of my face gets twitchy (like it did for me when the palsy began and when it started to improve) and if i visit my chiropractor and get adjusted that usually helps the twitching a lot. if you haven't yet, i would certainly see a doctor.

Amy - posted on 01/06/2010

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Hi Erin, What a scary virus this is. My mom had it when i was a kid, they treated her with steroids. Everything went back to normal for the most part, although her smile is still a little crooked from it. A friend of mine also had it during her pregnancy, she has no effects from it what so ever. It really depends on the person! Good Luck, and keep us posted on how your doing!

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