What Is Bell's Palsy?
Affecting nearly 40,000 Americans each year, Bell’s palsy is a generally temporary that can affect anyone. By definition, Bell’s palsy is the paralysis or weakening of the muscles of one side of the face. Characterized by facial drooping on the affected side, Bell’s palsy can also cause distortion in the sense of taste as well as the production of tears and saliva. While the resulting symptoms are similar to that of an individual who has just experienced a stroke, Bell’s palsy is not a result of stroke, and no connection between the two exists.
What Causes Bell’s Palsy?
While the actual cause of Bell’s palsy has not been identified, research has proven a connection between the disorder and the herpes virus. It is believed that most cases arise from infection with the herpes virus that causes cold sores.
Additional links have been found between Bell’s palsy and other viral infections. Additional infections that may cause or be connected to Bell’s palsy include the viruses that cause chickenpox and shingles, mono, respiratory illness, measles, mumps, the flu, and hand-foot-and-mouth disease. In general, if a specific cause cannot be found for an individual experiencing weakness in one side of the face, the condition is labeled as Bell’s palsy.
Natural Bell’s Palsy Treatment
Even though the exact cause is often illusive, many treatment options for Bell’s palsy are available. Many individuals who have been affected by Bell’s palsy have experienced significant success with natural treatments including acupuncture, chiropractic care and dietary changes. Taking supplements may also be effective for helping nerve growth. Common supplements include vitamins B-12, B-6, and zinc. Relaxation techniques and biofeedback training may also help an individual regain his or her control of the facial muscles and offer relief.
[YEA] 08/19/2011: Patricia from Denver, Co: "I went to a doctor for bells palsy and he said the only thing he could do was give me a steroid shot which did nothing. Days later I went to an accupuncturist who told me she had good results with this condition, but it may take several sessions. I must have been lucky because I had one session and my face was completely back to normal. Accupuncture is wonderful for many things."Replies
[YEA] 08/30/2011: Sue from Chapel Hill, Nc replies: "Hello:
I am a 56 yr old female and contracted Bell's palsy a couple months ago. The entire left side of my face was paralyzed, mouth drooping and could not close my left eye. Also, my hearing was affected - loud noises hurt my ears. I also was concerned about potential damage to the retina from the palsy in my left eye since my eye would not close unless it was taped shut. I went to Dr. Chen at the Chapel Hill Integrative Medicine clinic and had 3 acupuncture treatments once a week for 3 weeks. I am completely healed, with no residual effects. My ears are still sensitive, however, I can say (with a full smile now) that I'm as good as new!"
10/11/2011: Sean from Dallas, Texas replies: "Sue from NC, I think my dad has similar condition as you. If you don't mind, can you please call me at 214-263-4483, I would like to speak to you. Thanks"
[NAY] 01/08/2012: Anonymous from Las Vegas, Nevada replies: "I've had bells palsy since 11/04/11. I took the steroids and antivirals right away. After six weeks with no improvement I started acupuncture. Ten sessions later I still have no improvement. I'm also taking vitamins B1, B6, and B12 and massaging with castor oil daily. It's been over two months now with no signs of improvement. I can manage the inconvenience of hearing sensitivity, drinking with a straw, and looking like two face from batman. However, I can't stand the eye pain. Severe dry eye is like cutting open an onion and just living with the burning pain all day long. Life sucks."
01/09/2012: Julie from Harrison, Arkansas replies: "I just got bells palsy again, well I mean again as in I had it for 7 years and about 1 week ago it came back and it's worse than before. I took medicine which never worked and now I am just dealing with all the same stuff as I did before. I hear people do the acupuncture but I am unsure it will work for me. I am looking into surgery to fix this problem- anyone else heard of this procedure?"
01/12/2012: Jasonmchicago from Chicago, Il replies: "Keep searching, keep looking, keep positive, keep spiritual.... It may be a long road ahead. My journey started in May 2010 when I had tooth pain. Two teeth got drilled. I had been clenching my teeth nocturnally (TMJ). I finally got a TMJD diagnosis and treatment in July 2010. I felt better right away b/c the joints were put back in the correct place. Unfortunately I could not control my mouth. It would spasm and the muscles didn't work. I thought it was due to the clenching and grinding. I massaged them a little and worked to loosen them up with magnesium, etc. I had severe anxiety (unlike anything I have felt before in my life). I literally felt like I was dying (and I was). I did PT and myofacial trigger point therapy. Months went by... Almost 8 months. I tried to "relax" and be "calm" I "reduced stress" got psychotherapy, etc. After 8months I said something else is definitely going on.... I started going to PT again, went to a DO, chiro, etc. My face was out of control... The nerves, muscles, tissue, everything. I had been taking huge MSM dosages and taking all kinds of supplements/minerals but for some reason things were not getting better - but worse! I really didn't know what was going on. I did acupuncture and it helped... But the muscles would tense up right afterwards or stay tense (the never released). Acupuncture gave some relief but not that much. I didn't know what to do... My world was upside down. I still kept going. There was a little spark in me. I said, Okay maybe I won't be able to eat solid foods again... I'm doing everything I can to figure things out. I can't blame myself. I kept searching. I then went to a fibromyalgia specialist and he finally diagnosed me with Lyme. It's been 3weeks (and eye opening 3 weeks)... And I've been taking huge Vitamin C dosage (30 grams), taking dozens upon dozens of vitamins/minerals especially b-vitamins, oil orgeno, activated charcoal, etc. and changing my entire diet. I've got some of my face back.
Doing more Google work I realize that these are all linked... The facial pain, bell's palsy, TMJD, dental fillings, etc. ALL LINKED. Unliked the field of medicne... The body is one unit. It does not have "specialist" for this or that... they are all linked.
So now I've slowly regained my facial muscles, I still cannot chew but at least I know what is going on!
All throughout I looked at Earthclinic.com... After the initial 8mths of anger/bitterness I tried to think of it more of it as a puzzle. The fact that crying, being angry, bitter, dislike for other, etc. isn't going to get me anywhere.
I'm still confused. I'm still bewildered and how things change so quickly "all of a sudden" but I'm also hopeful. Slowly I'm figuring things out.
I'm going to go see a premier "biological dentist" in Houston to see the amount of bacteria that lies under my teeth. Then I'm gonig back to another southern state to my TMJD specialist... The best in the country to realign my splint (which I've been wearing for 1. 5 years). Will things be perfect? We do not now but I have learned through this experience so much... And most important accepting reality. That doesn't mean that you have to accept the "way you are now" be spiritial, be optimistic, be hopeful... And keep looking for answers. Don't give up. You don't have to accept a "new normal" but you do have to accept reality for the way it is now. You can help shape your destiny. You can help shape your future. You have to have commitment and have that little "spark" in you... And whatever you do keep it alive. Keep the spark alive... and you will be okay."
01/20/2012: Jane from London, Uk replies: "I am trying to work out why no one has tried Homeopathy? I am a homeopath in training and there is no reason why homeopathy shouldnt be able to deal with bells palsy. Providing you see a reputable and fully qualified homeopath. I am in training on a BSc course in London and I know homeopathy is quite unused in the US. Please seek out an experienced homeopath and give it a try. It's not usually a silver bullet in terms of speed. Being a process that takes the whole person into account, sometimes other symptoms that may have appeared before will need to be cleared (although sometimes if an aetiology can be found & correct remedy found, healing can equally be very rapid)
Acupuncture is also good as it works on energy centres, but the practitioner again needs to be very experienced. Did you know up until the 1930s 3 out of every 5 doctors in the USA were homeopaths. Then.... Antibiotics, drug development, politics, big pharma.... They don't want people getting better!!! You do the math. Homepathy is cheap AND no side effects AND you do not need to keep taking pills - Law of the minimum dose. Get discovering...."
02/12/2012: Pat from West Chicago, Il replies: "Hello... I have been helping people with homeopathic remedies for over 30 years... It always amazes me the incrediable power of the correct remedy... the problem is that it is very difficult sometimes to figure out the correct remedy."
05/21/2012: Kristi from Richmond Hill, Ontario replies: "Jasonmchicago, can you message me directly please. I have had the exact same experience as you and now going through the lyme protocol and wondering if we can exchange information please?"
07/05/2012: Tracy from Savage, Minnesota replies: "Bell's Palsy is linked with Lyme Disease, just as your facial pain, TMJ and other dental issues. There are over 365 symptoms associated with Lyme. This website lists many of them: http://www.seranogroup.org//serano_docs/symptom_list_by_group.pdf
I suggest you get to a LLMD (Lyme Literate MD) and have yourself worked up for Lyme. It can be helped and thus your palsy can be resolved. Check out ilads.org for LLMD"
Bell's Palsy Remedies
06/10/2013: Mehul Kumar from Surat, Gujarat: "Hello, 4 year ago I suffered from facial palsy... And now my mouth is traction one side.... if there is any solution for such contact me as soon as possible."
Black Seed Oil, Habbatus Sauda Oil
02/21/2013: Rossana from Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental/ Philippines: "I did not feel hurt or pain w/ my bell's palsy, sometimes I feel numb here at my lower cheek, the only thing that I did was to hot compress to my face, massage every night, and i'll take polynerv 500mg. Is this helpful for me? I want to try this habbatus sauda, black seed oil, and kilonji oil, is this available in all drug store? And what are the procedures for this? Mr. Ted, I need ur help, pls?"Replies
03/06/2013: Faz from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia replies: "You can google and read about habbatus sawda, kalonji oil, black seed.
I'm am not sure if its available in the Philippines as it originated from the middle east but I am sure you can buy it online.
Try Accupressure & craniosacral too as in my son case he could feel his cheek with his tongue after the 1st treatment, but this could be due to his age. Maybe Mr. Ted can help us out here"
[YEA] 12/29/2012: Faz from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: "My son had bell palsy 4 times. The first time he has when he was 6 yrs old, and Dr gave him steroid and he recovered. The 2nd time, he had it when he was 9 yrs old and again Dr gave him steroid but it took 2 mths before he recovered. The 3rd time, had when he was 11 yrs old, and Dr gave him steroid and he had to go for MRI, blood test etc, and the results came out negative but it took him 6 mths to recover, and he had to go for accupressure and craniasacral treatment. At 12 yrs old, got it again, and given steroid but no changes so this time I gave him black seed oil, habbatus sauda, kalonji oil for 2 mths, 450 mg 3x a day , his face is back to normal."Replies
01/02/2013: Bee from Singapore replies: "Dear Faz, Could you tell me where you went for accupressure & Craniascaral treatment? I have an Aunt with Bell's Palsy in Kuala lumpur. Could you also tell me where you bought the Blackseed Oil, Habbatus Sauda, Kalonji Oil. Best regards, Bee"
01/09/2013: Faz from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia replies: "Craniasacral: you can google Khema Yen, Craniasacral and it should provide you with her blog and there is a contact no. I believe she is a Science graduate who venture into Craniasacral to help people. She is a gentle lady and work well with children.
Habbatus Sawda@Kalonji oil@black seed oil: bought it from the pharmacy Pure Aid.
Hope this will help your Aunty"
[YEA] 08/08/2007: Virginia from Cushing, OK: "I successfully used castor oil packs for Bells Palsy which my co- worker contracted. I was beginning to have double vision and my eyes were inflamed. I used the pack on both eyes one hour nightly for 3 nights but the directions called for 4 nights. Well, I got busy and didn't do the 4th night and the symptoms returned until I completed the 4 nights in a row...No more problem at all.
Also, for me the packs are a great pain reliever. I used just the castor oil right on my cheek when I had an infected tooth. Still had to go to a dentist but CO stopped the pain immediately!
Also, used it to remove a wart on my son's toe. Each night applied CO put a sock on him until the wart was gone which was less than a week."Replies
03/30/2009: Lewis from Thomston, GA replies: "Hello i've had this affliction going on 7 months now and would really like to get rid of this crap. Please email me back with the directions on how to make and apply this castor oil pack."
01/02/2010: Cookie from Minot, Nd replies: "I would also like to know how to prepare the castor oil pack"
EC: Instructions here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/castor_oil.html
[YEA] 01/15/2010: John from Enfield, Nc replies: "bells palsy
does that castor oil jazz stuff work. with well the after effects of bells palsy because i don't have the bells palsy per say i mean my face isn't sliding like it felt like it was in 2008 when i thought having a stroke, my speech was thick and it was hard to talk. now this past year 2009 toward the begining of the fall i had a problem with my right eye, it seemd wider with more white showing when i looked up or down .. and my left eye floaters, one doctor described it as an after shock from the bells palsy"
09/28/2011: David T from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "I've had only one personal experience with what I firmly believe was Bell's Palsy. Taking a shower one morning I suddenly realized that the right side of my face was not moving, frozen in place. I first thought of the possibility of stroke but in testing grip strength and leg use found the only affected area was my face.
I thought I remembered what I once read about causation for Bell's and one main thought was it was often virally related. I looked up a website and that memory was confirmed.
With that possibility, I got out my supply of colloidal silver, which can kill viruses and got out my DMSO, a solvent and carrier and soaked a few white paper towels with the combination. My face was still frozen on the right side. I put the soaked paper towels on the right side covering the forehead all the way to the neck and applied pressure with my hand. I kept the pressure on for about ten minutes, almost afraid to take the towels off for fear of seeing my deformed face again in the mirror.
I took off the towels and took a look and smiled to test right side movement. It moved! Back to normal in ten minutes. It never returned.
Notice that I acted quickly. That is what saved the nerves from being damaged by the virus. One writer on this thread said the problem persisted elsewhere on his face. In my opinion, that is the virus still at work. Try the two part combination. Use "white" paper towels. Remember DMSO will absorb anything in its company and go right into the skin."
[YEA] 04/01/2009: G from NY, NY: "When I was about 6 years old (over 40 years ago), I had Bells Palsy. My mother took me to a chiroprator for a few sessions and I was cured."Replies
[YEA] 08/11/2011: Luz Maria from Queens, New York replies: "I just pass by to get some inform. For my son... For I had been a pt. of this condition... For I am looking for some natural remedy.... My first time was when I was seven and then I was treated with electric shock waves for it was so shocking that.... I became a shy kid...
Next was when I was a teenager and treated with old fashion grandman home herbals hot steams remedy covering my whole face for some time then going to bed without letting no cold breeze hit you....
Third it was in NYC around the age of thirty or less cannot recall, I was panic, and when to one hospital then to another.. Visiting three hospital with no results.... Just stating that the same way it came it will go away... To all out there that believe this... It is not true.... You can permantly stay like that.... I was real frighten... An angel put a lady telling to go to a chiropratric..... I faithfully did go.... Starting every day for two wks then three time a wk and in a month my face was back to normal.... For I am thankfull.... But this condition can come for diffrent reasons.
My sons palsy is from an ear infection.... It can come from stress... My palsy came from drastic tempature body from heat to cold or viceversa which in spanish is called un Pasmo..... I advise whoever suffer from this Bell's Palsy to take immediate action for it can become permantly no matter who saids differently."
Dental Problems and Bells Palsy
[SIDE EFFECTS] 10/25/2009: Karen from Gillette, Wy: "I awoke about a year ago with one side of my face severely swollen and paralyzed. My ear was bothering me and I thought it was just a very bad ear infection. When I went to my doctor he said I had Bells Palsy and it should go away in a few weeks to months. He also asked if I had been in an accident. After three months of getting no better, I went to my chiropractor and she took xrays stating that I had been in an accident. I thougth car wreck when I heard that and insisted that "no" I had not been in an accident. She showed me the xray showing whip lash. I thought about it and recalled that 2 days before I woke up swollen my daughter had been swinging her arms as we walked through the park.. she caught my chin and in one swoop my teeth hit together hard. She saw what she had done and began crying. I checked my teeth then forgot about it.. trying to console her. I had no pain, no apparent cracked teeth and no bleeding.. so I forgot about it until I saw that I had pain free whiplash: I had asked my doctor if a neglected tooth could've caused my problem.. I also asked my dentist.. they both said "no." I had the tooth in question fixed after 3 months of looking like a monster. My face "centered" within hours. again.. no pain at all. the root canal failed in 2 months.. I still had a palsy.. long story short, for a year I had to go into the dentist and convince him that I had a fracture in a tooth.. 5 teeth were removed as a root canal does not hold in a cracked root. I also went to Quantum Energetics and discovered some bone toxins from my bouts with the cracked roots that apparently do not show up on dental x rays but DO cause a seepage of infection. After the last tooth and QE and a year, I now have most of my smile back. I spent a year looking like a monster and paying repeatedly for dentist visits to convince them I needed my teeth pulled.. each time that was the only thing that made me better. Now I know that a cracked root is something they cannot see.. .a tooth problem contrary to what they told me CAN cause Bells Palsy and I probably would've become very very sick from all the dental poisons had I not done my own research and insisted on what needed to be done.
Please ascertain that your "Bells Palsy" is not from a dental problem.. also check for lyme disease and try a natural antiviral.. I hate that anyone else is suffering as I did.. it's hurtful."Replies
01/02/2010: Cookie from Minot, Nd replies: "I think you are correct. My son has had what i think is an impacted tooth. He's been holding off on going to the dentist because cause no insurance right now. He's had a lot of pain around his ear and now his top lip is crooked and he cannot pucker. I think this is Bells Palsy. Can someone comment on this?"
01/02/2010: Celteyes from Pearland, Texas replies: "This is dangerous. You need to do something for that inflammation ASAP! He could develop cellulitis in his jaw area. He could get an abscess. This is all bad. He may end up in the E.R. scheduled for surgery while waiting on dental insurance.
Get some clove oil and put it on a cotton ball around the impaced tooth for starters. It is very good at taking down infection.
He should also take 1/2 tsp 3 to 4 times daily of colloidal silver mixed in a little juice or water."
01/03/2010: Bonnie from Roanoke, Va replies: "Just jumping in on this topic, so someone may have already suggested, but try oil pulling, in my home my husband uses olive oil, my son uses sesame oil, I prefer coconut oil. Not sure it will help the Bells Palsey, but it a miracle for dental problems. Do a search here EC website on "oil pulling" for all the specifics."
06/09/2012: Pam from Joliet, Il replies: "Dental problems and Bells!!!! I would have never thought of the connection. I currently have BP for the past 4 weeks now with only a very slight improvement with the top lid of my eye able to move but the bottom lid is still "frozen"). I had dental work done 1 week prior to getting BP, having a tooth "fracture" repaired. (an old filling was cracked/broken and the dentist removed the old one and put a new filling in). I'm not understanding though why I got it as it was repaired?"
Dietary Changes, Supplements
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 09/05/2013: Brian from Arkansas: "I know for me Bell's Palsy had nothing to do with chicken pox, shingles, cold sores virus etc. I've never suffered from any of that. I also don't have Lyme's Disease. Dental doesn't seem to be a concern either. I did help lift a person who grabbed my neck to assist in the lifting, and then 2 days later woke up with a pain in the base of my skull and cramps behind my ear. About 15 minutes later my mouth went numb and I had trouble blinking my eye. Next thing I knew, my right side was paralyzed from moving but I never lost any feeling. My hearing in my right ear became super-human. Someone whispers and it sounds like they are screaming. I tried a chiropractor and it seemed to make matters worse for me, but I don't want to discourage anyone from seeking that as an option. In my case I believed a pinched nerve or something like that was the culprit. So I started a daily routine 6 weeks ago. WATER ONLY. I've drank nothing but water. Organic fruit and vegetables. Started taking sublingual B-12, B-12 tabs, Lysine, Calcium, Flax Oil, Omega-3 and B-6. These I found at Walmart for reasonable prices. I doubled the recommended doses for myself, and I took as much B-12 as I could stand because it's supposed to be harmless. I then started taking Colloidal Silver immediately, which was just a precaution in the event that I somehow had an infection. I could only find Colloidal Silver in a healthfood store, but Walgreen's offered to order it for me. I just didn't want to wait for it. I fasted for a day, drinking water when I felt hungry.
I don't know if any of this truly worked for me or not, it may be a placebo effect or just natural course, but I'm 6 weeks in and I've regained the ability to move my nostril, my speech is no longer slurred, I can blink my eye with no problem. I still can't lift my eyebrow, and when I smile my right corner still droops. Did the vitamins and diet work? I don't know. Was it the chiropractor? I don't know either. I'm still going to continue taking them cause even if they didn't work, they made me feel as though I was doing something to better myself. I also used a back massager and massaged my face every 2 hours to stimulate the nerves. I practice A E I O U and exagerate the formation of the letters with my mouth. I hold my eyebrow in place as I mentally think about lifting them, and then lift my left one. I do the same with the corner of my mouth. I've still got some recovering to do. I know B-12 and B-6 are good for your nerve endings and muscles. For a few bucks it's worth a try right?"Replies
09/06/2013: Dt from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Hello Brian,
In analyzing your Bell's Palsey, I noticed you mentioned the "super sensitivity" of your hearing... Possibly "Hyperacusis" which is often associated with ear infection. Many think Bell's is caused by a virus which takes off in the nerve going from base of the mouth toward the ear on both sides of the face. Usually the Bell's virus (and can be many different kinds of viruses) come from the mouth after dental work, but the virus can also come from the ear into the eustacian tube and then into mouth and finally into the nerve.
You said you are taking Lysine, a virus killer. So from what you said you may have gotten Bell's from a viral infection, and possibly from the ear, given your probable "Hyperacusis. " The Lysine is helping kill the virus.
Google "hyperacusis caused by virus" or "super sensitive hearing viral causation" and lots of sites will come up demonstrating the connection.
The best way to kill a virus is with Colloidal Silver. I make my own so I know the concentration is strong. Once I did get a right side Bell's conditon, and applied CS mixed in with about equal amount of DMSO as a carrier and penetrant and literally in fifteen minutes the frozen right side was 90 percent back to normal. If the virus is allowed to live a long time you can have nerve damage so the various vitamins you are taking to help nerve growth is wise. But consider the CS plus DMSO formula."
11/11/2013: Mtui036 from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Hi, with the collodial silver and dmso did you rub it into your skin or did you take it orally? I have had bells palsy for 10 months now and I still cant smile or lift my left eyebro I have had a little recovery I have tried physiotherapy and accupunture. I'm desperate now. I'm fearing I will not recover anymore :("
11/11/2013: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: " Hello Mtui036,
About the application of the DMSO/Colloidal silver mix...it is applied on the surface of the skin ...surface of side of face the Bells Palsey has affected. Sorry I didn't make that plain. The DMSO is a solvent and penetrant and will carry the CS into the skin and along the nerve where the virus is causing the paralysis. As I said in my previous post, I had this condition a number of years ago and used the method I described. Use a white paper towel. Not a colored paper towel because the DMSO would carry the dye of the paper towel. "
02/05/2013: Rossana from Taguig, Pateros: "I would like to ask or to know if there is a chance to be back into normal for my bell's palsy? I have suffered almost 38 years...."Replies
02/06/2013: Andrea C from Cardiff, Wales replies: "Yes, I have known many people get this (transient stroke) It's quite common. It will go eventually. I know its scary but the chance of it "recovering" are very high <3 Love Andrea c"
02/07/2013: Passingthru from Smalltown, Tennessee, Usa replies: "I hope this might be some help to you - I own a copy of this book, and have often found its information helpful. He is saying that if the right side is the afflicted side, you might want to try cutting way down on your sodium intake, and eat more high-potassium foods, switch from ordinary salt (sodium chloride) to potassium salt (here in the US sold as "No Salt"). If the left side is the afflicted side, perhaps increase sodium intake.
"When a stroke affects the right side, it is usually due to blood clotting related to a lack of Potassium. Bell's Palsy on the right side is usually a Potassium deficiency affecting the muscles of the face and body on the right side (left side of the body is influenced by the Sodium level).
Excerpted from Page 71 The Ultimate Healing System, Donald Lepore, N.D."
02/08/2013: Jeni from Sioux Falls, Sd replies: "There is a heap of information about currently having symptoms Bell's Palsy and various options for treatment, but it is rare to find any articles about the lingering effects of Bell's Palsy in the years after the initial damage has been done.
I developed Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) many years after the damage was done by the Bell's Palsy. The pain that comes with TN is awful. I only found out about the connection between Bell's Palsy and TN after extensive internet search.
I am now taking medication to reduce the risks of flare-ups, and acupuncture helps as well."
02/09/2013: Oldriska from Prague, Czech Republic replies: "Hi Jeni, I'm a member of a TN support group and although I myself haven't suffered from Bell's Palsy I know that some people on my group have. You may want to check the TN website on www.livingwithtn.org; enter "Bell's Palsy" into the search window. Take care, Oldriska
P.S. I have atypical TN and I also find acupuncture helpful."
04/28/2011: Bpg from San Francisco, Ca: "Hi, I had Bells Palsy twice, once when I was 9 months old and again when I was 6. It went away, but left my right side of my mouth a little turned down, my eye smaller than my left.
I am now 52 and have had times, especially when stressed or tired, that I have a lump next to my mouth, below my cheek. Lately in social situations, when drinking some wine and being tired, people ask me what is wrong. I am wishing to do something about it and trying to see if minor plastic surgery will help. I am nervous that it might cause more nerve damage. My face is extremely puffy, especially on my right side. Does anyone have this problem with one spot and have ideas to deal with it? I try to do the BP exercises, but seem to notice my face getting more heavy and my ear full."
02/26/2011: K from Chattanooga, Tn: "Hello. I had bell's palsy when I was 15. The whole right side of my face drooped as if I had a stroke. I couldn't eat or drink without stuff falling out of my mouth because I only had control of half of it. My right eyelid sagged so low that I could barely see out of it.
My dad took me to a clinic that gave me an I.V. Drip of something that made it go away after about 4 treatments. (I was afraid to ask what it was because I'm terrified of needles, sorry! ) However, I'm 26 now and it left some nerves damaged, or they grew back incorrectly, because whenever I smile, my right eye closes involuntarily. Does anyone know how to reverse nerve damage from bell's palsy?"
06/06/2011: Heidi from Syracuse, Ny, United States replies: "I have read some encouraging news that methylcobalamin (B12) may help recover (or reform) the myelin nerve covering that is thought to be a culprit in Bells Palsy onset. I am in my second bout with Bells Palsy (after eight years Palsy free) and I will be trying this and reporting on my findings. My last bout I went through over a year of physical therapy and also was prescribed prednisone (the prednisone didn't seem to help at all), after the over a year of therapy I regained about 60% of my facial movement, therapy consisted of electric stim and ultrasound. This time around I have my own electric stim and that's it, I do half hour daily. I am ordering methylcobalamin and hope that will help to fully recover this round. I will report back in the future on this."
05/16/2009: David from London, Ontario: "Bells Palsy: On the day after I returned from Cyprus, I woke up with it. It felt like a cheap soap had tightened my skin, but on the muscles on my face. I couldn`t move the right side of my face, like someone had drawn a line down my nose and from then on, nothing! I went to the base doctor, and was told I had bells palsy...that they did not know the cause, and there was no cure for it. My life took a drastic change for obvious social reasons. I guess I spent about the next three or so years without being very social at all. It did a lot to my self image for sure. Many years later on tv, I saw a lady that had the same thing. One thing to remember about this for those that have it....
Today, though I never got any cure, and years later it became less severe, I have discovered the lack of wrinkles over the entire right side of my face, which seems to confuse people in judging my age! I read a little on your site which I`ll read more of later, but I just wanted to get this off my chest. Today I still have no actual cause or cure, and my right eye tends to water when food has a strong flavour. Best regards, David."
07/08/2009: Ann from Baltimore, MD replies: "Oh boy!! Tell me about living with bell's palsy. I have been suffering from it for 2 years now and it has affected both sides of my face terribly. My neurologist says there is no cure and it will resolve on its own. Needless to say I have a non-existing social life because not only has my face been damage too but my speech. It is very hard for me to communicate since I do not have good muscle movement on both sides. Also eating out in public is such a chore that i' rather just sit home and eat alone."
07/10/2009: Loren from Orlando, Fl replies: "This is for the person struggling with bells palsy. Have you uses castor oil for this? Right here on earth clinic there is a post that says castor oil cured bells palsy. Just google bells palsy cures on earth clinic and the post should come up. Hope this helps. God bless"
10/08/2009: Debby from Orlando, Florida replies: "I am alternative medicine student and have a friend that is suffering from this very condition right now, my professor is an acupuncturist and told me that acupuncture works in curing these types of conditions. The longer you have had it the more sessions it will take to get the nerves to work again but it does work. I was told a deficiency usually plays a role in getting this condition. Its definitely worth a try and acupuncture is very inexpensive"
11/07/2009: Clara from Wollongong, Nsw replies: "My mother was diagnosed with bells palsy a week ago.She is very depressed and has been given an anti inflamatory and a very expensive virus medication to take for 7 days. I am interested to know what the deficiency you mentioned is? I will take her to a acupunturist in the meantime."
[WARNING!] 01/04/2007: Scott from Pen Argyl, PA: "Be careful about Manganese -- it can cause symptoms of Parkinsons' Disease or Bells Palsy. I was taking a number of supplements that included manganese. The muscles on the right side of my face started to go slack and I was unable to use my mouth effectively. I thought I was having a stroke. Luckily I had a friend over who took me to the emergency room. I was diagnosed with Bells Palsy. It was supposed to go away within 1-2 months. It persisted for "7" months. I ran across something on the interment stating that overdosing on manganese can cause Parkinson's type symptoms. After checking the supplements I was taking I found that I was taking roughly 600 to 800 times the daily recommended allowance of this mineral. After I threw out these supplements my Bells started to clear up. If you have any similar type symptoms check what you're taking and eliminate those with manganese."Replies
01/11/2011: Julia from Harrison, Arkansas replies: "I have Bell's Palsy, I am 26 years old. I got it when I was 20 and pregnant 9 months. Its been nearly 6 years now I still have it and about 2 Years ago I had 5 teeth removed. I am currently gonna more removed it causes pain in my face and it swells up really bad. I dont no if anyone has a solution and either has had same problems as me! "
02/24/2011: John from Dallas, Tx replies: "Julia, I saw you posted recently so I hope you check back. You want to focus on anti-inflammatory supplements (i. E. DHA, Magnesium, curcumin is very powerful, also quercetin). Also, B vitamins are essential to healing nerves. Acetyl-L-carnitine, N-acetyl-l-cysteine, too. It is absolutely essential that you avoid glutamate in all its forms (look it up), and aspartame. Most food in America is loaded with these powerful neurotoxins. It's a lifestyle change
I copied this from another website about Bell's:
"Vitamin B-12 is the heavy hitter when it comes to relieving Bell's palsy symptoms. It reduces nerve inflammation, protects the nerve, and reduces the amount of nerve irritants like glutamates. Vitamin B-12 aids in the production of myelin in the body's nervous system. Myelin increases the conductivity of electrical signals to the nervous system. In Bell's palsy, the signals have been interrupted either by inflammation or trauma.
Two other vitamins taken in conjunction with B-12 help to speed recovery from symptoms of Bell's palsy. These are vitamin B-1 that retards muscle atrophy and enhances blood circulation to the effected area of the face, and vitamin B-6 that is instrumental in creating amino acids necessary for new cell growth. To rebuild the protective sheath around the nerves, add some lecithin granules."
02/25/2011: Missy from Ny replies: "When I was 6 years old, I had Bells palsy. My mother took me to a chiropractor and it cleared up. I am now 51 with no reoccurences. Hope this helps."
03/20/2011: Sarah from Acworth, Ga replies: "Seven years ago, I came down with Bells Palsy on the left side of my face. My eye was affected a great deal. I was having great muscle spasms in my left eye and suffering with pain. The doctor started giving me Botox Injections around my eye, every three month. This helps a lot. However, three weeks ago I came down with Bells Palsy on the right side of my face!!! Needless to say, I was shocked. Guess I'll be getting Botox in both eyes... I need my smile back..."
Oral Spray Calcium
[YEA] 07/07/2011: Linda from Ossining, New York: "Bells Palsy is a calcium deficeincy. I have now had 8 peoples faces back to normal in 2 weeks by giving them oral spray calcium. Number 9 is trying it now. I don't know if calcium pills would help as quickly but it has to work over the long run. The spray is sprayed on the inside of the cheeks, 6 sprays twice a day, for two weeks. I did find that one friend that had contracted it 4 years before, it didn't help but the other 8 started it within a week of the symtoms starting and all were back to normal in 2 weeks."Replies
08/05/2011: Kathy from Stuart, Florida replies: "I've had the Bell's Palsy symptoms on the left side of my face for over a year now. I have regained about 70% of my movement back, but for some reason it moved to the right side. It hasnt completely taken over, but it is definetly there! I am very interested in this calcium oral srpay. I've looked at vitiman shops, local drug store and can't find it! Please tell me where I can find this product."
09/10/2011: Lauren from Nuneaton, United Kingdom replies: "Im 17 and I had Bell's palsy about 4 and a half years ago. The left side of my face was the affected area. It took around 3-4 months to recover but I still have a twitch in my left eye and it is still itchy and sore."
10/11/2011: Sean from Dallas, Tx replies: "Hi, What kind of oral spray calcium should I get and where can I get it from. Please reply to me asap as I was diagnosed 2 days ago. Please call me at 214-263-4483 or email me at ultimatewireless1020(at)gmail.com Thanks!"
01/16/2012: Elaine from Long Beach, California replies: "I am 5 days into my battle with Bells and would like more information where to get this calcium spray... I too have searched online but many of the sprays contain many more ingredients than just the calcium... Please reply to me via email erb_rahenkamp(at)yahoo.com or you can call me too at 562-225-3738... Thank you"
02/27/2012: Linda from Eau Claire, Wis replies: "I've been looking for this as well. Can't seem to find it though. I was wondering, I've had it for 3 weeks now... Would it still be effective? Please let me know asap. Email: lvx09(at)yahoo.com I'd appreciate it much! Thanks!"
08/11/2012: Sandra from Los Angeles, California replies: "In doing research for a friend who recently developed bells palsy, I found an oral mist of colloidal minerals which contains calcium. Google colloidal mineral mist (that is not the brand name)."
11/30/2011: Sumit from New Delhi, India: "Hi,
I am Sumit from India, actually my brother( Age-28) having Bells Palsy since 2003, we all came to know this very late, and due to some bad advices and medicines from some Doctors he still suffering from this, some doctors saying that they can't do nothing now. He also done so much massage on his face with some oils but not got any improvement. If anybody has any suggestion please and please share with me. I will be very thankful to all you.
Sumit (India, New Delhi)
11/30/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Have you tried acupuncture? There are some great videos on youtube of people who have cured their bell's palsy with acupuncture... "
12/01/2011: Ra_aj from London, England replies: "I have Bell's palsy twice before when I was 3 and a half and again when I was 9. Today I found out I got it again and I'm 17. My smile got affected badly last time, and it's really bad but I've learned to live with it. I do steroids and anti- viral tablets. But is there anything that can actually restore everything to normal."
12/02/2011: Sumit from New Delhi, India replies: "Hi Debbie,
Thanks for your suggestion, No We haven't tried Acupuncture. But I will definitely go for this."