Hi. I am Ian, a 41yr old male from Surrey and I thought I would share my experience so far! On Wednesday last week, I experienced a stinging pain in my right cheek which I put down to an insect bite. My right cheek felt swollen so I went to my local chemist to get advice, and she just told me to keep an eye on it and also my throat. By 5pm I had total paralysis of the LEFT side of my face and was taken to my local A&E by paramedics. I was diagnosed 6 hours later with Bells Palsy. I have a non closing left eye, a closed nostril an dropping lid and a slightly drooping left mouth. Now, I am a very positive person, and am trying very hard to look on the bright side of this, but it is affecting me already... I am a very outgoing person in a public job, and the fact that I have to struggle to force words out really saps my confidence which at 6'4" and 21 stone was in bountiful amounts previously!! Work, friends and family are all being great, but what I am really concerned about is my speech and any suggestions you may have to help. I am taking anti virals and steroids, along with Manuka honey to aid absorbtion and have just ordered high dosage B!2 capsules which seem to be doing the trick for others in the world.
I look forward to being an active member of this community... and if I can offer advice and support to any other member I will certainly try!