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Mum had it when DS2 was born. SHe had a fluey sort of illness and the palsy started as that was getting better. IIRC it remained quite obvious for a few months but within a year there was no trace of it except when she was very tired and there would a slight droop to one side of her mouth.
My mum's had it (twice - but she's a medical anomoly apparently...) and my dad's had it...
She had steroids and anti-viral drugs and then lots of pysiotherapy for her face, to keep the muscle tone and et things back to 'normal'
She used one of those facial TENS machines and used to do face pulling exercises several times a day. She had an eye lubricant when her eye(s) weren't closing very well.
Re-assuringly they have both made very good recoveries and she is less wrinkly than she used to be (she jokes that it's her natural botox...) Dad didn't make quite as good a recovery, but he didn't do so much with the exercises and facial TENS etc.
She did feel very unwell and it took her a while to feel better, but if it was caused by a virus, then it usually tkes a while to get over flu IYSWIM.
Hope you feel better soon and make sure you get pysiotherapy if you need it - the exercises really helped them both.
DS had it partially when he was 2. Didn't get the eye droop but the rest of one side of his face went. He recovered without steroids (as it was too late by the time the doctor diagnosed it). In his case it was caused by an ear infection and went after a couple of weeks.
My mum had it about 35 years ago and I only mention it because it does still crop up when she's very tired / ill / had a lot to drink. The treatment wasn't so good then but she also admits that she didn't take the treatment as seriously as she might and she admits that she thinks that if she'd done physio etc she'd probably not have had the recurrance so much (no idea if that's true - a specialist should be able to tell you). My gran also had it when quite elderly and it was quite pronounced so I assume that recovery rates are much improved if you are younger vs older.