Just diagnosed with Bell's palsy? Here is the first thing you should know. The good thing? It is not a death sentence. No matter how bad you feel or it looks right now.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
It is important to remember that most anyone affected by Bell’s palsy will recover within 2-6 months on average. 71% of people will recover with no complications within 6 months. In general, you want to see at least some improvement within the first 6 weeks. For people in the other 29%, the things you do (or don't do) early in the recovery will greatly affect how you recover. But that's another topic for another post for another day.
But above all, don’t be scared by the fact that your physician will likely not give you an exact time frame for your recovery... Because they don't know. Nobody knows.
There is a high variability in the speed of recovery. Slow progress can be discouraging. Positive thinking and
disposition affects your nervous system and healing, and I think positivity should be prescribed as part of your rehab
program. If you are stressed and surrounded by stress, you need to distance yourself from it. It might be taking some time off work to give your body days to weeks to promote less stress. And it can be asking people in your household to be mindful and considerate.
Try to circle yourself with calming environments, times and people during your recovery. Meditation and using meditations phone app could be helpful here.
STAY AWAY FROM INFORMATION OVERLOAD.
Don’t believe all (personal) recommendations you read or hear is applicable to your specific condition and you. Social media and online forum can be very confusing and contradictory. They can be very helpful too, but the amount of information can be an overload and it can be hard to know what to believe or not and what will work for you.
But the one thing is to stay positive and believe in your recovery. Bell’s Palsy happens to the best of us and most recover...
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Pierre-Yves Butheau, MPT, CMP has been a physiotherapist for 19 years and has a passion for helping people move better, return from and prevent injuries, as well as improve their function and quality of life. He has a strong interest in addressing the root cause of and treating neuro-musculoskeletal conditions while educating his patients with the knowledge to manage their conditions and prevent recurrence. Pierre also has a niche in treating Bell's palsy and temporomandibular joint dysfunctions.