Bells palsy

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Hi was diagnosed with bells 4 days ago, started taking steroids and antiviral tablets, today I have a pain behind my ear, my mouth and cheek keeps twitching I'm hoping it's a good sign, my eye still won't close

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    Hi Suzanne,

    It really is early you have to go very gentle when it comes to movement and exercise,dont massage at the beginning as it can cause nerves to rewire wrong.Hot water bottles are a must and lots of rest.You may be one of the people who recover quickly,make sure you get the ointment for you eye i found it better that the drops.As for the pain it dosnt last to long again 4hat depends on how severe the Bells is.Doing things for you is very important as bells brings on lots of conflict when it comes to your face and smile,your going to be all right and your not alone,when i couldn't sleep i would log on to you tube,theres a lady on there called (fit girl)her battle with bells has been a 3 year journey she is an amazing inspiration for us and she has loads of tips on coping with this awful condition.💚

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    Hi Suzanne,

    i hope your Bells clears quickly , but it is very variable . In the early days of my symptons, I had to tape my eye during the day to rest it and keep it moisturised. I used this “one eye “ time to rest, as you cannot judge distance with 1 eye. Secondly, it forced me to rest, which is necessary for recovery. Take it easy, as much as possible. 

    Re eye cream. Eye hospital prescribed Vitapos eye gel, which has vitamin A in it, so better than many others on the market. It also is easier to tape eye shut, as it is non greasy unlike lacrilube, which didn’t help with the tape. i use eye drops all day, hyloforte is great. Recommend warm water compresses to ease pain. I used to manually make my eye blink. 

    I now can blink, but have to think to make it happen. I am a year post onset. I still can’t keep my eyelid shut at night, but have a detachable weight to keep it closed at night. It is much easier to manage than tape, but hopefully yours will clear quickly without this need.

    I have a number of other health problems, which have impacted my recovery outcome, but rest assured there is help available if you need it in the long term. 

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