I am 14 years out of Bells Palsy. I went the route of valtrex, MRI, prednisone, etc. I had to tape my eye shut for 1 year and was out of work for 7 weeks. The things that helped me the most was cranial sacram work through my chiropractor who was very familiar with nerve issues and reflexology because of the nerve center in your feet. I also did facial exercises every day twice daily. I would say I’m 80% back to where I was and I believe that that’s where I will stay. However, I still have nerve pain in my head and neck area at times and visit the chiropractor twice a month for cranial sacram work. My mouth still droops a tiny bit and I have a bit of paralysis in my left eye. I am still self conscious about smiling because one side of my mouth cannot smile. I’m not a believer in much medication but one needs to do what makes one feel better. Do your research and try different things. Don’t just rely on what doctors say. Be your own advocate. Hope this is helpful. If anyone has any info on correcting the smile issue I wouldn’t love to know.