Hi my names Laura and I've had Bell's palsy for 14 months now. I remember it like yesterday, I'd been out in the morning, got home and went to drink from a bottle and it spilt all down my face, I thought I'd just missed my mouth so went to do it again and the same happened. My tongue felt funny and I looked in the mirror and my face had dropped on one side I couldn't smile and I honestly thought I had a stroke. I went to the doctors who prescribed me some steroids and told me I had Bell's palsy and would be back to normal in a few weeks. The next day it got worse so I returned to the doctors to be given a stronger dose than I was originally prescribed. I've had physiotherapy on my face, acupuncture, and caci facials all really to no avail. I even started drinking aloe Vera after a friend recommended it to me. So here I am 14 months later, my eye blinks but not as well as my good eye so that looks like I overblink, can't smile properly, raise my eyebrow or pout my lips without my face looking strange. Synkinesis is a big issue for me too. Feel really quite down and unsupported, and not sure what to do next. Is there anyone in the Derbyshire area or know of any clinics in this area? X
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