Hi, I have been suffering from Bells Palsy since October last year. It happened two days after my father died but I am not sure if it can be bought on by stress. I did also have a bad bout of flu just before. I only took a couple of days of work as it was painful to start with but once the pain went I didn't want to shut myself away. I think that I have dealt with it quite well and usually pre-empt comments from people who don't know me by telling them what it is I am suffering from so that they don't feel awkward speaking to me. My colleagues at work have been great and really supportive as have my family. I am slowly recovering the movement in my face but my smile is so lopsided that I don't much anymore. Also my eye still doesn't function like it should and I constantly have tears running down my cheek - not from crying it just happens! Would love to hear from anyone else who has or is still suffering from this condition to compare notes.