Bell's palsy

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What is Bell's palsy?

Bell palsy is characterized by one-sided facial nerve paralysis that comes on suddenly for which there is no known cause. It affects the 7th cranial (facial) nerve and may possibly be due to an immune or viral disorder.

Common symptoms reported by people with Bell's palsy

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with Bell's palsy

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
3
Tried for
Bell's palsy (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Artificial Tears)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Bell's palsy (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Type
Physical Therapy
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Bell's palsy (1) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adzenys XR)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Nutrition/Diet
How many have tried
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Type
Surgery
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Bell's palsy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)

Data from patients with Bell's palsy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with Bell's palsy

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bell's palsy (4 evaluations)
Side effects
bad taste in mouth decreased appetite 2 more
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
Bell's palsy (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol CBD oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Prozac)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Artificial Tears)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bell's palsy (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Bell's palsy (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Home Physical Therapy)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bell's palsy (1 evaluation)
Side effects
temporary increased pain
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
Bell's palsy (1) fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adzenys XR)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
insomnia
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Adderall)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for fatigue (1 evaluation)
Side effects
difficulty falling asleep difficulty staying asleep 3 more
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
fatigue (1)
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for Bell's palsy (1 evaluation)
Side effects
visual field defect
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Bell's palsy (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Wellbutrin XL)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
bad taste in mouth weight gain
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with Bell's palsy, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has Bell's palsy on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 3
20s 10
30s 36
40s 52
50s 65
60s 59
70+ 9

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 55
Female 179

These charts show data from Bell's palsy patients who have completed their condition history
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