Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Do you currently have Bell's Palsy? Yes
Did you experience any common "warning signs" before it set on? My eye started twitching and my tongue felt like it had a thin wax coating 2 days before.
How long have you had Bell's and what percent recovered are you? I got it 3 days ago, so nothing has improved yet.
What treatment, if any, did you undergo/are undergoing? I am taking 60mg of Prednisone every day for 6 days.
How did treatment affect your condition? I'm not sure yet.
Did Bell's turn out to be a symptom of another condition? Probably Hepatitis A, but I won't know for sure until I get lab results back on Friday.
How has Bell's Palsy affected you physically in the short- and long-term? I can't smile or blink; eating and drinking are very difficult, and my eye tires very easily.
How has Bell's Palsy affected you emotionally? I feel like a freak. I am beginning of senior year of college in 5 days, and I am dreading going back to school. I don't want anyone to see me like this.
How were you treated by family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers once your appearance changed? I've been trying to avoid public spaces, but of course that is impossible. My mom cried when she saw me smile, but no one has made me feel bad about it.
Question for you all: Since I started taking the Prednisone, I've noticed that water and other food and drinks with light flavors taste metallic, like a penny or like blood. Has anyone else experienced this? When will it go away?
Any advice on dealing with starting school like this? I'm really worried that I won't be able to keep up with my schoolwork since my eye tires so quickly, and I'm scared to even show up in class looking like this.
Most of all, though, I miss SMILING!