Bell's palsy not leaving from 18months

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My mother age 49 is affected by Bell's palsy 18 months ago, She took all the medication needed but most parts of her face did not return to normal yet. She's continuing the Physiotherapy since 15 months it is costing us really high. Now, she is recently i.e., past 5 days experiencing the dropping of her lower lip. is this some kind of indication again ?

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    Hi there,


    the drooping of the mouth could be synkensis. It can also be down to tight muscles in other parts of the face causing the lip to droop or appear droopy. Does your mother have any other problems with synkensis? I’m 11 months post onset and have had several periods over the last 6 months when I thought my face was dropping again, but I have been told by my physiotherapists that it is a side effect to nerve recovery, reconnecting wrongly . 

    It would be valuable to have some therapist suggest exercises to help if she is experiencing synkensis, or at least have a look at this recent development. The facial palsy website has lots of advice too, if the cost so too much.


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    Physio is a waste of time,the best exercises can be down loaded from the net,my physio had to google the exercises so i just do my own.Sounds like your mother had a second bout of bells.She should learn to relax stress is a factor for 2nd bells.She will recover ive had 2 bouts in a year and ive 80%recovered so she will get there.Time is the best healer for bells.Warm compression is also a good healer and it feels lovely,i wrap a waterbottle in a soft sweater and apply to neck and face.She should also get out i know its hard but exercise makes you feel better long walks are great.
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      Did you have facial palsy specialist physiotherapist ? Just wondering, as I do not think the physio I have is a waste of time.i have a bespoke set of exercises and support which is speeding up my recovery and links in with plastic surgery.

      Advice on the Internet is one size fits all. Sure everyone can look up,massage techniques / stretches etc, and get help, but I wouldn’t advise rejecting physiotherapist support, if this is available . Maybe you came across a less experienced therapist? 

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      I also had a set of exercises to do,they had been downloaded from the internet by the physio,i found i got more support and acual help from other Bells patients. My recovery is almost complete,i ignored the physo thank goodness,she advised me to put an electric toothbrush on my face.,also use ice not good advice.I found breathing exercises helpful also face yoga.
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