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    Hello,

    I am 28 weeks pregnant and have developed Bell's Palsy, I am in my third week of paralysis. That means that I cannot move the left side of my face, not even blink and thus need to tape my eye close with an eyepatch to go to sleep.

    According to the doctor(s) I contracted this through a viral ear infection, being pregnant was a factor of risk and I also had lots of bad luck as this is quite rare to happen. They prescribed no treatment except "perhaps trying accupuncture" and "normal life". I have started accupunture and I am holding on to every little sign that could indicate some recovery, although I am not sure that it is really working.

    About doing my normal life... not clearly possible. I struggle spending long hours in the computer, I don't feel safe driving with one eye... and I feel really tired (is it the palsy or is it the third trimester?).

    Has anyone passed through this before? How long did it take to pass? what did you do? I would really like this to clear by the time bubba is born, it is hard enough not to be able of smiling at my 4 year old, I want bubba to see my smile!

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    One of our children had this - caused by the 7th cranial nerve being affected by an ear infection. I guess pregnancy would alter some usual treatments. We were told our child should have had surgery right away to get rid of ear infections, ie. grommets. The steroids they gave him may have worked - in two weeks most of it was back to normal. They have since had surgery anyway.
    I hope you get your movement back soon. I remember it being so hard for him to talk, eat and drink and people thought he was playing stupid all the time.

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    I just wanted to send you massive hugs. I have never heard of this before and couldn't imagine how you feel. I hope it improves for you soon.

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    Massive hugs. I only know non pregnant. People who have had this.

    To be honest I would consider seeking a second opinion or finding out if there is someone who specializes in it. I wonder if there is any benefit to physio/ot but don't know enough.

    Again hugs. I can only imagine how I would feel.

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    I haven't read the replies but a speech pathologist is the specialist you should see to recover use of the left side of your face. They will teach you the exercises to retrain the nerve and you will have success

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    One of my family members suffered from this condition. It might be a good idea to see a neurologist, if you're in Sydney I can recommend one (PM me)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marepoppin View Post
    I haven't read the replies but a speech pathologist is the specialist you should see to recover use of the left side of your face. They will teach you the exercises to retrain the nerve and you will have success
    Yes that's the one I was trying to think of! A speechy should be able to help!

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    Hugs OP I suffered from Bell's Palsy as a teenager and it was awful. I found it particularly difficult being an already awkward teen and this was no help! Mine resolved after about 3 weeks thankfully. I hope yours goes away soon xx

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    Hugs OP, I can't imagine what that must be like! I don't have any advice but I do know a lady who developed it at a similar stage to you in pregnancy and it dissapeared basically as soon as the baby was born.

    Good luck x

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    Hi OP
    I had Bell's palsy as a teenager and it was hugely traumatic for me at the time. I had to have physiotherapy on my face for several weeks but this worked. I remember the physio having to link me up to some kind of electrical current nodes.
    I completely recovered within a few weeks.
    My aunty had it during her third pregnancy and although awkward at the time she also completely recovered.
    I really recommend the physio .

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