Patient Comments: Facial Nerve Problems and Bell's Palsy - Treatment

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What kinds of treatment, including medication, did you have for facial nerve problems? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Quasamodo40, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I first had Bell's palsy 8 years ago and it resolved completely in a few weeks. I was put on steroids and an anti-viral medication and I took these medicines the first day facial nerve problems started. Now this year in January I got it again. It lasted about two months and I was put on steroids again, no antiviral medicines. I had autoimmune blood test that came back negative, MRI and CAT scan all negative. Now I have it again less than 3 months than the last time and worse than ever. I'm so scared and depressed.

Comment from: Athena, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 24

I contracted Bell's palsy due to having otitis media, a middle ear infection. This was in 2009 and my face has not been the same since. I can't make O's and have wrinkles in my forehead. On my left side my eye is weakened and I still have numbness. I have had speech therapy a few times, even fat from my buttocks has been shot in the crease of my nose and lip to try and contour my smile, but it is still crooked. I feel like l have run out of options. I want my face back.

Comment from: n, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

Diabetics are 4 times more likely to get facial nerve problems. I also had upper respiratory infection although I read Bell's palsy can have sinus symptoms. I am going to take b vitamins. Garlic is antiviral. I am going to correct my ratio of lysine and arginine. I have been eating tons of foods with arginine. Herpes cold sores improve with more lysine and less arginine. Possible cause may be that other related syndrome as I have had blisters in external ear in fairly recent past as well as swollen lymph nodes. I am going to use eye patch drops prednisone antiviral and Augmentin. That's my plan.

Comment from: Peter, Male (Patient) Published: July 14

When Bell's palsy struck me unexpectedly, three otherwise well qualified doctors advised me that no treatment was possible (apart from a few steroids which were useless). Four months later I found my way to an acupuncturist where, as well as exercises and massage, I experienced my first real improvement. In hindsight it is apparent to me that nerve stimulation is the answer. It is just a pity that 18 months later when I am almost recovered but still wrestling with the final stages, I was not aware of this earlier.

Comment from: pegpat, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 13

I had an episode of Bell's palsy ten years ago on the left side of my face. I was prescribed prednisone and Valtrex. I still have numbness in my cheek and constant tearing of my eye. Lucky me, two weeks ago I got it on my right side. My tearing is not as bad this time but my paralysis is worse. They gave me prednisone again, 60 mg daily. I took it for a week then I was tapered down and then discontinued. I am scheduled for an EMG tomorrow to see if I can save the muscle. I cannot drink without a straw and have to close my lips to do this. This time my eye stays dry. I have a lot more pain this time, in the back of my ear radiating down my neck. I have constant low throbbing with sudden episodes of a stabbing pain. Hearing is extremely amplified in my right ear. Wish me luck; it has been three weeks and no changes.

Comment from: Yashoda S, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I am a girl with facial palsy due to failure of ear surgery at the age of 6 and this problem started 3 years after the ear surgery. I am 29 years old and the CT scan report says there is erosion and destruction of the left facial canal, non-visualization of left cochlea and lateral semicircular canal. There is a large single cavity in my left mastoid bone which is communicating with the middle ear. likely post-operative issue.

Comment from: Rony, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 08

Physiotherapy with some facial exercises can help the facial nerve problem.

Comment from: christax, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I woke up one morning to find out that I can't talk well because the right side of my mouth was shifting to the left side, and my one eye will close and the other will not close. I could not blink, smile or frown and this odd feelings on the right side of my ear. I was scared I had a stroke only to find out it was Bell's palsy. I took vitamin B1, B6 and B12, but after one week it was still not getting better. Later I took steroid only on daily basis, and I got relieved and got better in two weeks.

Comment from: samartha w., 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

Almost two weeks ago the doctors found out I have Bell's syndrome. I just finished my drugs a day ago and I can't say I am feeling better or there are any changes, my next appointment is in two weeks. I don't know what I should do to get my health back and my facial nerves to heal. Usually I feel pain, my head aches, and my eyesight get poor, so it is pretty much a struggle but I am on to defeating it.

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Comment from: Starshadow, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

Treatments I've received for my facial nerve problems include prednisone, facial exercises, facial massage, chewing gum, an eye patch, and eye drops.

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