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In the "uncomfortable" thread, I mentioned this awful pain in my ear and head. Well, yesterday morning I wake up and the right side of my face is not working properly. My eye kept watering and I really noticed something was wrong when I was eating. So I laid low all day and massaged my face and head the best I could.<br><br>
I called the midwife (I don't have a doc) and she suggested a couple of things and did recommend a doctor. Of course that doc is on vacation this week, but the office directed me to a walk-in clinic. So when my face wasn't any better this morning, dh took me in.<br><br>
I'm thinking the whole time that I've had some sort of mild stroke, but since I had pain proceeding the numbness, my dh assured it was not that. So doc validated that, no stroke, but it's Bell's Palsy, something no one really knows a whole lot about, but can be caused by a virus. And that pain behind the ear is a starting point for this - that's me.<br><br>
So, here I am, with a saggy face and sore ear, head and jaw - It's awful!!!<br>
Although not as bad as it could have been, it's still no fun. And, it could last 2-6 weeks!<br><br>
Sorry this is so long, but you have all shared your scary experiences here, so thought I would, too. Thanks for reading. Anyone else ever experience this, pregnant or not?<br><br>
I feel like the Joker from the Batman movie - one side of my face wears a smile, the other side a frown.
 

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No experience with that myself, thank goodness. Sorry you are not doing well. At least it is temporary?? I've never read up on Bell's Palsy, though I have heard the name tossed around here and there, I'm sure you're not alone! Feel better!
 

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My mom experienced Bell's Palsy when she was pregnant with her oldest.<br>
It has never "gone away" though is not as noticable as it originally was.
 

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I taught with someone who had it - I'm hoping it will improve for you soon!
 

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Not in your DDC but my hubby had this a few years ago after getting hit on the head at work! But the results came back as Bell's Palsy and not something else. His whole left side was immobile, really noticeable in the face because of the eyes and mouth drooping down a little. His limbs were just slightly affected. He had to wear an eye patch from what I remember. We talk about this all the time because we didn't hear about it before and joked about how the doctor made it up. He had symptoms for more than 1 month from what I remember but than it went completely away.
 

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a friend of mine had it, and it went away. i've been having weird facial tingling this pregnancy, though no drooping, and they said it may be a form of bell's palsy - but it's been going on for months and not progressing to the drooping stage.
 

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My dh/s stepsister had it pretty severely, also on one side of the face at the end of her 1st pregnancy, back in Nov. It took about 2 weeks to go away fully after delivery, but it is 100% gone now. I hope you feel better soon!
 

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I've heard that prednisone can work. Maybe check with your midwife and see if that is an option.
 

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I feel so bad for you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
When I was 11 or 12 years old, my Dad got Bell's Palsy. The entire right side of his face was completely lifeless, his right eye ached with pain, and I can't remember if it was just one or both ears that were sooooooo sensitive to ANY noises in the house! If we just closed a door normally, he said that it would sound like a bomb exploding to him! When he first got it, I could barely talk to him or see him without just bawling my eyes out because I felt so sorry for him. I remember that he had it for several months, and then it slowly started to go away. To this day, though, his right eye does not function normally. If he gets very tired, he has to use his hand to hold his eye open. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I believe that that is the only thing that never went back to normal, though.<br><br>
We use to go to church with an older lady that had developed Bell's Palsy, and she never completely recovered. Half of her face didn't look quite right...and also where some of the nerves detached around her eye, and then reattached, they didn't reattach quite right so it made that eye all squinty and smaller than the other one. I felt bad for her, too.<br><br>
It's good to know that MOST people fully recover from this thing and that it doesn't last long. I just wish they knew what caused it! I will be praying for you that you have an easier time with it. HUGS!
 

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My dh had this (twice actually, but that is really rare). He didn't have any of the sensitivity to sound but he was not able to blink his eye or move the one side of his face at all. It took awhile (a few months) for him to get most of his movement back - he found it hard as he had to tape his eye closed every night to sleep and wear an eye patch when outside (the cold air and wind really bothered him). He'd also end up biting his cheek often as he couldn't move it out of the way.<br><br>
It's not really serious but it can be quite uncomfortable for the one living through it! Our doctor suspects that it has something to do with a cold sore virus that flares up each winter... he was actually on anti-viral medication at first as an attempt to speed up the flare up of whatever it was that caused it... didn't really work much; time is the only thing that really worked for him.
 

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I had it a few years ago...it was scary and I remember that pain by my ear, in my head. Anyway, I wasn't pg at the time and I was put on some type of steroid, which helped with the pain. It lasted about 3 months, but only about 4 weeks where it was really bad.<br>
I feel for you mama, it's not a nice thing to go through, but at least it won't last forever. After a while we could all laugh and joke about my numb face, especially when I was eating!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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Thanks, everyone. I'm not open to the steroids for treatment, but my mw suggested grapefruit seed extract as an antiviral, but really, it will just have to run it's course.<br><br>
Luckily, I don't have the sensitivity to sound (other than normal preggo sensitivity <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ). I'm hoping and concentrating on it going away, fully, sooner than later. It's definitely keeping my vanity in check!<br><br>
My brother asked me if I was drooling yet, so we will be able to get a few laughs out of it. It's also great to have the reassurance of all you mamas. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I had it a few years ago. It was so scary! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
Keep massaging those face muscles so they don't atrophy. I think that really helped me go back to normal. My face is totally fine now - in fact, it was just recently that I was trying to remember which side it had affected!<br><br>
If you can afford it, a massage or chiro appointment would probably really help you on your road to recovery.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Hugs! A lady I worked with experienced Bell's Palsy last year and was out of work for a couple of weeks but she got over it pretty quickly.
 

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hyperacum(sp) is a great homeopathic for nerve pain and anything that has to do with the nerves.
 

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A friend of mine recently had this. She went to see my acupuncturist and is almost 100% back to normal in about a month. It really helps with the pain.
 

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How about like Sylvester Stallone? He has permanent Bell's Palsy from a birth injury that has worked to his advantage.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s to you and your DH. Someday you will both laugh about it, with your new baby. For now, <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/kissy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="kiss"> and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/hug2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Hug2"><br><br>
Life goes on.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/praying.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="praying">: for you.
 

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Looks like you have lots of good advice here.<br><br>
G-d Bless you and I am sure you will be doing well soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
How about Echinacea? And a bandage on your eye to keep it shut and moist?<br><br>
Be good and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">s to you!
 

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Best of luck getting well quickly! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 
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