I have had Bell's Palsy on the left side of my face since 2000. Very little was known then locally about it, so very little treatment offered. In 2013, I had a relapse. This time more was known. I've had an mri, seen an ent consultant, had physio at local hospital. Been referred to see specialists at Queen Victoria hospital, where I've seen a plastic surgeon, who decided physio was the best way forward for me and I now see a facial physiotherapist there. After a year of physio, the left side of my face hasn't looked so good on fifteen years. Still got a way to go, but I celebrate every little step, for example, in may I noticed I could get my lips into an O shape and could clean my teeth without my left eye closing. Recently had a minor blip. I had a slight cold and the LHS of my face dropped. Luckily it recovered within a week of the cold going. My latest celebration is that after 15 years of not being able to eat a meal, wear powdered eyeshadow, go out in the sun or cold, have my photo taken with a flash without my left eye watering, my eye no longer waters under those conditions. I had a minor op in March, to cauterize my lower tear duct shut. Last week it was confirmed by the specialists that it has worked. Plus the general dry eye I have is improving.
I have been lucky with the help I'm getting, but my patience and positive attitude is what's getting me through it. I'm not going to give in to it. I take set backs with a pinch of salt and get back up fighting.
I hope this helps those that have been struggling.