It has been 10 years since being diagnosed with Bells Palsy, I was 14 at the time and just started a new school. It was unbelievably hard making friends with a lop sided smile. I didn't receive any treatment and as I was quite young, i couldn't take myself to Physio or treatment appointments... my parents believed it would all get better in time.
My family say they can't notice anything and don;t know what i am worrying about, but this really frustrates me! I was recently a bridesmaid for my sisters wedding and i was in so much pain trying to smile naturally. I also hated the pictures of myself which came back from the photographers, where it is clearly noticeable.
Bells Palsy is something i think about every night when taking off my makeup, and the first thing i think about in the morning when i wake up. I went to see my GP last month, to see if there is any treatment for someone like me who has seen not much of an improvement after all this time. I had a bit of a meltdown and got upset, so he referred me to counselling sessions... but i'm not sure if this is the answer? I'm not depressed or anything like that, I would just love to have more symmetry in my face and a natural smile so i can feel normal again.
I just want to know if anyone has had this on a long term basis and if you can recommend any treatments. I'm not expecting a change over night, but something that can gradually improve both visually and confidence wise. I'm looking into facial massages, but this comes at a price.
Any advice, treatment plan or recommendations will be much appreciated!!