Where do I start, 10 weeks ago I become really unwell with headaches and loss of taste in my mouth! It wasn’t Covid as I’d already had this in December 2021 and not really fully recovered.
To my horror, after a trip to A&E, I was diagnosed with Bells Palsy Instantly I fired all kinds of questions at the doctors and was not really given any answers or any support at all, the one Dr in A&E actually said to me that there isn’t a lot known about Bells Palsy and to just go home and rest and recovery can take anything from 2 weeks to 6 months !!
So I left the hospital with a 2-week course of steroids and antiviral tablets.
Over the course of the next few days, the paralysis in my face worsened and the tablets really didn’t seem to do anything and certainly didn’t help with the horrendous headaches, jaw ache and earache.
Along with this, the right side of my tongue was also paralysed, and my mouth couldn’t produce any saliva this led to more medication to ease the mouth ulcers and oral thrush.
After the 2 week course of medication to my horror, the pain got worse (apparently this is common) and I actually went 96 hrs with no sleep as at this point I couldn’t even close my right eye due to the severity of the paralysis.
Spoke to the GP given even more medication amitriptyline which apparently relaxes the muscles. Did not help at all.
Why I don’t know but I decided to put a post on my personal Facebook about my condition as a way of accepting what was wrong with me. I was then sent a message from an old friend/work colleague who recommended Louise to me and her words were “trust me” Louise will sort you out! At this point, I wasn’t ready for any intervention as everything I read online was conflicting, massage your face don’t massage your face so I didn’t make contact with Louise until 8 weeks after my initial diagnosis!
Why I waited I do not know, I made contact just over 2 weeks ago to meet with Louise for an initial consultation, at this point all I knew was it was some kind of acupuncture without needles but I was so desperate for some kind of relief I didn’t care what I was walking into.
When I arrived at Nerve Connect Louise instantly made me feel at ease and explained the procedure in-depth, had a small trial run of the treatment and instantly I knew I was at least going to get some kind of relief.
I have now had 3 sessions with Louise and I can honestly say it’s the best decision I ever made. I still have a long way to go in terms of recovery BUT after the first session, it allowed me to sleep for 2 hours as soon as I got home and then a full 8-hour sleep that night. There was a noticeable difference immediately with the lifting of the right side of my face and I woke up with no headache-!
After session two, I cried but these were tears of joy and I had full sensation and movement back in my tongue the following morning I woke up with saliva in my mouth first time since diagnosis.
This somehow gave me the confidence to actually go out to the shop and to visit family for the first time in almost 9 weeks as I can feel and visually see the improvements on my face.
Session 3, my eye has started to heal and I can almost fully close it which means I now don’t have to tape it down at night and rather than having a dry eye it’s now producing its own tears.
The treatment itself is very different to anything I have ever done before as I am possibly one of the most sceptical people about it. BUT trust me when I say this, is your feeling unwell and need help to speak to Louise and “trust her”.
I have added 4 pictures to show the reality of this, first picture was taken the day of my first treatment 25th April, 2nd the picture was taken after the first treatment, 25th April. 3rd picture was taken after the 2nd treatment on 28th April and the 4th picture was taken yesterday after the 3rd treatment, on 3rd May.
The next treatment is tomorrow and can’t wait to see what the results will be again, all small steps but positive ones and I am finally starting to feel human again.