Bell's Palsy....

  1. Anyone have any experience with Bell's Palsy? In my husband's family, almost all the women have had this. All three of his sisters (one had it twice!), and two of his sister's-in-law have been afflicted with this. I find this really odd that all these women have had this. I don't know of anyone in my family that has ever had it. I have encountered a couple patients who have had it but that is about it. If anyone has more information on this condition, I would like to hear about it. Thanks.
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  3. by   donmurray gives lots of info!
  4. by   CraftyLPN
    My fatherwas diagnosed with Bell's palsy. The left side of his face kinda "droops. doesn't stop him from doing all the things he shouldn'
    tommorow he goes in for throidectomy.. and then turns around and returns on the 11th for both total knee replacements...
  5. by   RNforLongTime
    My sister developed Bells palsy while she was pregnant with her first child in like her 5th or 6th month. After a short course of prednisone she was fine and has no residual effects. She couldn't close her one eye and had to wear an eye patch at night plus she had to keep putting Natural Tears in her eyes all the time.. A year and a half later she got pregnant again and didn't develop Bells with her second pregnancy.
  6. by   Sleepyeyes
    My 5-year-old son woke up with L=sided facial paralysis one morning. I called the doc and they had me bring him right in. After a grueling day of tests, a neuro doc was called in. Everyone was praying it wasn't a brain tumor.

    He had Bell's Palsy. We figured out that he got it by hanging his head out the window when we were driving in the car (we were looking for a house out in the country.)

    After a round of steroids, he was fine and had no residual. He's 28 now.
  7. by   boggle
    A buddy of mine also had a bout with Bell's Palsy after a long car ride last spring. She had fallen asleep with her face against the car window! She also had steroid treatment, but I don't know how much and for how long. She was back to normal when I saw her last August.
  8. by   CEN35
    bells palsey is an inflammation of either the trigeminal nerve/facial nerve or both.
    we get alot of people that come in with family members, who think they are having a stroke.
    generally you don't worry about it unless they are older.
    how do you tell the difference?
    simple.......a cva/tia patient can close the eye on the affected side. actually they can close both eyes.
    if it's bells palsey, they will not be able to close the eye completly on the affected side. the treatment is always steroids, since it is an inflammatory problem.
    unfortunately, nsaids don't do enough to help it resolve, and can tear up your stomach trying to take enough to make a difference.
    it can clear up in as short as a week, to as long as three months.