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Old 10-24-2012, 03:53 PM   #16
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Re: Diagnosed with Bell's Palsy 11 days ago

Thanks for sharing. I have a similar experience to yours (i just posted) It's been almost 5 weeks since I first noticed the neck/ear pain follwed by BP. I went to urgent care dr office (not ER) I went without insurance and they charged me $100 to see the doctor and I think the meds were about $100. The doctor told me nothing, just take the meds and tape my eye at night and rest. Nothing about recovery time or seeing a specialist or taking tests. He just took one look at me and said it was BP and maybe it's from a virus. Kind of upsetting really (which is why I never see a doctor.) Obviously this was serious.

I guess I was lucky but I didn't get a MRI and all that. My mother wanted to take me to the ER, and keeps urging me but I feel like it is a waste of money, or to see a neurologist. She had to drag me just to see the doctor. I didn't even want to go or take meds, but the pain was so severe. I am trying to hope for the best although really it's been dard and I've been so depressed. I am hoping less than 3 months if I hear a story of a longer recovery time then I get so upset. Good luck with your progress!! I think the more rest you get the better your recovery.

 
Old 02-08-2013, 10:33 AM   #17
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Re: Diagnosed with Bell's Palsy 11 days ago

This is such a relief to read that you can recover from this. It is a scary process to go through. My daughter had the same thing happen to her two weeks before she began 7th grade. She was so courageous and I am so proud of her! She was in band in 1st and 2nd chair at the time. She did not quit band even though she couldn't play. She is now a freshmen in college and it has not occurred again as the doctors warned us that it might. However, I still worry it might come back. You are correct in stating that those of us who have experienced it and have had a positive impact do not bother to share our good stories that is why I am sharing ours.

 
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Old 02-08-2013, 05:51 PM   #18
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Re: Diagnosed with Bell's Palsy 11 days ago

Did you fully recover yet? If so, how long did it take and what would you say has helped?

 
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Did you fully recover yet? If so, how long did it take and what would you say has helped?
Other than a very slight droopy smile (which she does often), it is very difficult to tell she ever had it. At onset her eye was very droopy as well as the rest of that side of her face. We took her to a neurologist as suggested by our primary care physician. They did do initial tests to check for neurological damage. At that time, they told us that they were not sure the extent of the damage. In addition to the medication she was given we were advised that she needed to continually massage that side of her face and (believe it or not) to chew gum. Apparently the muscle movement used in gum chewing helps heal the muscles. It took about 6-9 months to recover to the point she is now. I don't think that it will ever "completely" go away, but is not discernible for the most part. Hope this helps....

 
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