To make a long story short-Woke up on April 17th with the classic Bell's palsy symptoms. Never heard of it, so I frantically ended up in the ER thinking I had a stroke. Did all the tests, and was diagnosed with Bell's on the right side of my face. I am a healthy 45 year young female who works out, eats healthy and aside from a mild case of psoriasis, consider myself in better shape than most of my friends my age. Bell's has totally upset my life. I ended up back at my doctor's office on the 24th with horrible head and ear pain. Diagnosed with post herpetic neuralgia and put on Lyrica, which has been a life saver. Its been 12 days now I can feel no improvment. I am starting to wonder if because of my age, the extent of my paralysis, and the lack of improvement at this point, if there is no end in sight. I have not been outside, and the thought of going out in public scares me. I have NO ONE to talk to about this. My husband and girls have been wonderful, but they just don't understand. My husband tells me not to stress, but thats easier said than done, so I pretty act like I'm ok, even though they have no idea how much I cry everyday. I'm doing the best I can, and taking care of my eye. Even went to the eye doctor and he gave me an antibiotic eye ointment, which helps. So, the big question is...is 12 days too early to expect signs of life in my face? And when your face does start to come back to life, what are the signs, feelings that you have experienced. I'm sorry to sound so down, like I said, I have no one to talk to about this. No one, myself included has ever heard of this till it happened to me. ANY advise, words of encouragment or prayers well be greatly accepted. With Love and Peace, J
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