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Bell's palsy after 70 days

I think my bell's palsy caused by ear infection after 50 days I noticed movement around my lips and after 1 week I got movement on my cheeks but its like 30% not to good and also what I'm noticing that when I try to move my left side means bell's palsy side I hear sound in my ear whenever I try to move I think something in my ear is blocking that movement the sound is like dug dug... I'm still facing pain under ear and behind ear only when I touch. I also went to doctor and he told me we can't do anything we have to wait .I also prescribed vitamin b , prednisone and one more medicine don't remember the name . I ate 50 day's vitamin b and after 50 days when I went to doctor he told me not to eat more .

So now I am only using drops and eye patch for my eye. Not doing anything else for my bell's palsy means not eating any medicine.

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I have had Bells Palsy for 4and1/2 months now. In the last few weeks my mouth has improved but I also get the noise you describe when I try to move the paralysed side. Does feel like a blockage and the sound is a bit like a motor bike trying to start up. I’m hoping it is a sign of recovery but will ask when I have my first appointment at the Facial Palsy clinic in East Grinstead. It has been a long 4 month wait.

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Thanks for the reply and yes it does feel like a blockage and I'm also feeling twitches on my eyebrow. I start noticing it after 50 days. But tomorrow I'm meeting my doctor. I will ask her what does this blockage type of thing means. The thing that I can say is hope for the best...... :)

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I also have had an ear that feels "blocked" after Bells Palsy. The paralysis has gone away but the ear has been blocked for more than 3 months now. The sound in my ear is like a whooshing sound and seems to correspond with my heartbeat. I have gone to a specialist and he can't figure out what it is either. Has anyone else had this and recovered? I hate to think I will have to put up with this forever.

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I went to a specialist facial palsy clinic 4 weeks ago. I am now almost 8 months since onset. The consultant thought the ear problem was not entirely typical so ordered an MRI scan which I will have in 2 days time. I also start specialist facial palsy physio on that day. Should get result of MRI at the end of February. Will update then.

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I too, am waiting for the result of an mri, and my ear feels like it needs to ‘pop’ ....

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Bell’s palsy is caused by the herpes simplex virus. It affects the 7th cranial nerve which is behind the ear. My symptons began with ear pain about a week before facial drooping. As I said I am 14 years out. My mouth still droops a tiny bit and my eye shuts when I drink or smile. This is from the nerves redirecting their pathways. I wish there was a facial palsy center I could have gone to but I did my own exercises every day. As I stated before cranial sacram massage is wonderful. It loosens all of the tight muscles in your head. It’s all a matter of time. It will get better!

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