Bell’s Palsy

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2008 at 9:20 am

      As I am healing, the one thing that wont go away is one side of my face droopy a bit. I cant smile and show full teeth. The bells palsy was on both sides of my face back in January, but only one side came back. Is the other side ever going to be normal again? Is there any treatment for it?

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2008 at 10:10 am

      Hi there, Whether Bell’s Palsy goes away is dependent on what caused it in the first place. The info I read says that it usually goes away and is a temporary condition. But with the onslaught to the nerves with GBS/CIDP it could take quite a while, I am thinking. I would google it and see what you can find out.

    • Anonymous
      August 27, 2008 at 10:18 am

      Thank you!!

    • Anonymous
      August 28, 2008 at 1:31 am

      when i had my bells paulsy(SP) they told me sometimes it don’t come back completely but they did use the electric TENS UNIT shock on my face and that could be why mine came back so well not a hundred percent but close.
      I still get accused of giving dirty looks to people and it is just because when i smile sometimes it still won’t go lol just have to laugh at it and go on i guess best wishes for you. ask your doctor what you can do..

    • Anonymous
      August 28, 2008 at 6:57 pm

      Even after 30 years, I will have days when a spot on my face feels numb and I notice that my smile is crooked. It comes and goes. My brother had Bells Palsy and they used shock treatments. I don’t know if that helps with GBS or CIDP.

    • Anonymous
      August 29, 2008 at 2:14 pm

      I had GBS in Sep 2006 and my face is still not completely back.

      It was the first area that “stopped working” and the last to start working again.

      I was pregnant when I got GBS and I remember when I delivered my son my worry was that he was going to learn how to only “half smile” because my face only was working on the one side at that point!

      It is still worse when I am tired and I have good days and bad days with it. But it is coming.

      It is hard though … why can’t it be our toes or somewhere that others don’t see?

    • Anonymous
      August 29, 2008 at 8:06 pm

      I got Bell’s palsy from GBS in 2005, and I was worried like Sharon about my newborn copying my crooked face! I worked with a speech therapist and used biofeedback to help retrain the muscles and prevent crossover of nerves. She placed pads with wires to the different muscle groups and helped me focus on contracting. A readout would show if I was moving the correct muscle for smiling, frowning, puckering, etc. It is a lot better now, but I am still a work in progress! Just keep positive.-Kim