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Facial Nerve Palsy

Facial Nerve Palsy

A facial nerve palsy is caused when the vernes that feed one side of the face become damaged, resulting in less control over the muscles in the affected area. This normally leads to a ‘drop’ on the side of the face affected, with difficulty smiling and closing the eyes. In partial paralysis, only the lower half of the face is affected, but in full paralysis it is the whole side of the face. There are many potential causes of the condition, including the herpes virus that normally results in cold sores. Although symtoms can improve on their own, steroids can be used to reduce the swelling that might be restricting the nerve, and in serious cases surgery can be attempted to graft a replacement nerve on to the affected area.

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My daughter had Bell's palsy aged 8 and again aged 15 she is now 33 and is suffering really badly with facial nerve pain. They say it's tmj and that there's nothing they can do. :0( she is in constant facial pain. Does anyone have any idea what she can do





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I have facial parayis. I had it since birth. The lower left of my mouth does not move when i smile. the rest of my face is ok. I spent my whole life with lack of confidence because of this. I went to specialist and i now have botox injected on my good side to weaken the muscle so my mouth is symmetrical. Its not perfect but made some improvement, it was enough to gain me lots of confidence :)





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I too suffer from bells palsy ...I first had it 12 years ago but it got better I have had it 3 times since with less impact each time But i notice from photos my smile is crooked and also I have had nerve damage as a result to my legy eye which flicks constamtly when I am tired .....this is now treated with botox Given that they now think Bells Palsy is caused by a virus and reading all the terrible afflictions people are going through on this website, why is treatment not more commonly offered and why has noone seemingly given advice on this website in response to all these poor people.





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Im a 35 yr old mum, never really poorly but 7 days ago i realised my tounge on right side was numb, i cud feel.it just not taste, then day later i got mass headache down rigght side behind ear toeards neck. Went to a.&e fri, my mouth at one side felt different, i had brain scans n nothing came back so was sent home and diagnosed as a migraine! Sat morning i woke up n my right eyebrow wudnt raise as high as mu left and my eye looks smaller than my left, its sunday now and my mouth twitches and to me looks uneven, but my boyf thinks im overacting n i look fine but i know my own face! I know its bells palsy as my bro in.law had it just wondrring if i shud go back to hospital? Or will it go back on its own?? And when do u know that the facial paralysis has stopped?? Im terrified im gunna wake up n look hideous cos i can cope like this x





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I am 18 abd have had bells palsy since April 30th 2014 (1 year and 4 months) and have only got slight movement (not a full smile and my face and eye move together when they're not meant to) I'm currently going through physio and trying out acupuncture through the NHS. Does anyone know if this is likely to work? Or do you have any other ways of treating it? I want my smile back :(





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I'm 28 and had it when I was 24. I had it for a little over a year also. I was only given some steroids from the dr and sent on my way. So I never had any sort of treatment for it after that. But I found that making sure I massaged that side of my face, from top to bottom, 4-5 times a day is what ended up helping me get back to normal. It was around a year and 6 months when i could finally blink my eye and actually made that side of my mouth go up. After just a couple weeks from then, I feel I had all feeling and movement back that I have today. But I do still notice the effects from it when I take a picture straight on. My smile is still a little different on each side, but only I notice it, as well as my eyes open at different levels now, but again only I really notice it. Hope this helps and I wish you all the best!

I got facial paralise last year october now i scared it attack me again





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i had bells palsy around 4 or 5 years ago and i can see myself that my face still isn't back to normal, is slightly noticeable sometimes more than others. mainly in my eyes, it looks as if they are different sizes and one eyelid sits lower than the other. i know its small but it really bothers me and i don't like getting pictures taken because of it. is there anything at all i can do





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Hi daniel i had bells palsy 4 years ago 2 months after having my 1st child i woke up and my ear popped and my face dropped on 1 side worst thing ever not only did i just gie birth i had this to top it off and suffered with post natal depression too. Mine lasted around 8 months with the help of anti biotics and steroids. Its still not 100% back to normal i get tired and my eye closes more than other and when i smile my eye shuts more its horrible i do massage it on my cheek bone to stimulate the nerves it helps mine bit more but dont let it get you down just think people gotta live with worse in every day life. Hope the massaging helps chin up. Kylie

I have facial numbness, but it is from the top of my head down to my chin, both sides. I can move my face but it feels as if I have a mask on, pressure is constant and the inside of my mouth is also numb! I have been prescribed steroids, muscle relaxants but nothing has helped. I am at my wits end, no one can tell me what this is. Connectice tissue disorder has aldo been mrnyioned, but no relief from the sympyoms or improvement. Can anyone help? Gail





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Hi I'm 17 and had bell's palsy when I was in the seventh grade. I was given pills to help make it "better" and it worked, but left me with a dead nerve? I believe that's what it is. I always feel the need to massage my face as if it is swollen or something. I don't know what to do about this!





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i had bells palsey about 3 years ago had the steriods and antibiotics etc but it has left me with a weaping eye (cannot see in the wind its so bad)one eye brow has dropped and the eyes are different sizes not even.mouth sometime dribbles and i cant feel it.very often i choke on food throat forgets to swallow.still hurts on one side and goes knumb and the sounds in my head are terrible.like having 2 radios in my head untunned.and seems to be slowly getting worse over the years.





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