How many of you have ever experienced Bells Palsy? How long did it last/did it go away? What were initial symptoms? One half of my face started tingling about 5 minutes ago and my anxiety went into overdrive because I know this can be a side effect of herpes. I have GHSV1 if that helps.

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ruelas_infatuated
Answered 5 months ago    reply

I had bels Palsy, it lasted about 20 days, I had an extreme case, the left side of my face had zero muscle and nerve tone, what really helped was accupuncture and using my tens unit on my face/cheek below my eye and in front of my ear, I got about 95% of facial function back, it's not noticable to anyone


stlouis_k
Answered 5 months ago    reply

I had it 'a few years ago' in high school. They put me on a couple of medications and tested the nerves in my face regularly. I think it lasted a month or more. They said it was important that I came in when I did b/c it could've been permanent. I recall a pain behind my ear. Every once in a while I feel a pain there but I've never had it again.

ruelas_infatuated
Answered 5 months ago    reply

My pain was in front of my ear


Annette_93
Answered 5 months ago    reply

I also have gHsv1. I had a minor case of BP in April. I contracted Hsv in November of last year. My BP lasted two weeks. I took photos every day to watch the progression. My initial symptoms were my tongue felt like I had burned it on something; by the second day I started noticing the lack of movement on the one side. Since I took photos I could see the changes over the two weeks, but it just went away overnight. I didn’t take antivirals when I had it although if it happened again I think I would to see if it helps. I did however take 3000iu of vitamin E again, 1000iu 3x daily, at the recommendation of a friend who is a pharmacist.


Audrie.C
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Genital HSV couldn't be the cause, but oral is a possible suspect. (Link isn't proven.) If you have antivirals handy, take them tonight and head to doctor ASAP.

Vitamin B-12 used to be a common treatment. Might be worth trying, too.

ghunter
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Genital HSV1 is absolutely a cause of Bell’s Palsy. Take it from me. It has destroyed my life.

Audrie.C
Answered 5 months ago    reply

You would have to have it orally in order for the HSV to cause any symptoms with nerves above the waistline.

ghunter
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Negative. I do not have it orally. I got an extreme case of Bell’s Palsy the day after my first genital breakout. My neurologist says he has seen this a few times.


vapidquestion
Answered 5 months ago    reply

I agree with Audrie, genital herpes would only affect you below the waist. Could you possibly have oral herpes also? Have you been diagnosed with Bell's palsy? Or just think that might be what it is?

Stress and Anxiety can cause or exacerbate all kinds of things in your body, I understand that from my own life.


stlouis_k
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Ive only ever had genital outbreaks but my blood test says I have both I & II so I believe I must have them both genitally. Maybe they keep each other in check down there? Anyways, it wouldn't seem that mine is related to my bels palsy.


Aliza.97
Answered 5 months ago    reply

It's fairly common in pregnant women. My daughter in law had it about a week


Rueben
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Very common with Lyme disease. I would see a dr.


kellerbelinda41
Answered 5 months ago    reply

My old coworker has been struggling from it that I've heard. She has been having it for 6 months now. The side of her face has gotten much better but still not full recovered that she has been wearing a medical mask to cover it.


crummy_faison
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Hi guys! Thank you so much for all your input. I don’t currently have OHSV1 to my knowledge (just GHSV1, was diagnosed just about a month ago) and the tingling I had last night has completely subsided, I have all muscle function in my face. I think it was anxiety. I take antivirals daily anyways for suppression. Thank you so much again for the reassurance.


ghunter
Answered 5 months ago    reply

I got Bells Palsy the day after my first breakout of GHSV1. Its been 11 months now and I got 50% of the movement back. It’s slowly coming back but I’ll never be the same again. It may take years. It’s not noticeable anymore thank god. Had Extreme headaches and ear pain for 6 months. Had to medicate my eye because I couldn’t close my eye. I was seeing out of one eye for four months. Between getting diagnosed with the two I put a gun to my head several times. Just couldn’t do it. I just started coming out of my house last month but I’m ashamed to even talk to people because it’s noticeable then. I even slur my speech. I lost 20 lbs because of the depression. It’s an awful thing and somehow I have to learn to live the rest of my life with this horrible disfigurement.

crummy_faison
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Have you tried any acupuncture, or corticosteroids? I’m so sorry to hear your story. I’m always here for support if needed.

Lashonda.B
Answered 5 months ago    reply

I cannot imagine how you have suffered. I’m so sorry you have been living with that. Have hope, you got 50% back, who is to say you won’t get more?


bart.l
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Faster you get medical care. Faster it goes away in general.


SBohn97
Answered 5 months ago    reply

This is really complicated. Theres a kid I know who got bells palsy at age 15. No sexual activity. Parents no hsv1. The doctors never mentioned it as hsv but instead of steroids would valtrex have worked better. I feel awful for this kid. Is this actually hsv or can bells palsy be something else.

Audrie.C
Answered 5 months ago    reply

HSV is just one of the suspected causes. The link is not proven.

SBohn97
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Audrie thank you so much!


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