Patient feedback - Daphne

I have had Bell's palsy since July 2012 and although my recovery has been slow I was fortunate enough to be referred to Lorraine Clapham by my neurologist.

My experience at the clinic has been fantastic, reassuring, sympathetic and very supportive. I developed synkinesis which felt very odd and my cheek became tight. But with all the facial exercises, mouth and cheek stretches plus massage that I was shown how to do, my recovery is making huge strides forward. I set time aside every day to follow my schedule and now it is just part of my daily routine.

Bell's palsy is a shock to the system but don't let it spoil your life. My advice is not to hide away but to carry on with everyday life. It was the way forward for me. Family and friends have been great and I even managed to laugh (with difficulty) when my speech was a bit slurred when shopping. B's and p's were a nightmare in the early days. As I cannot produce any tears from my right eye crying isn't an option - frustrating at times! Artificial tears are a great relief.

I still have a way to go but with the help of Lorraine Clapham and her great team I am determined to make the best recovery possible.

I have had some surgery carried out on my right eye (blepharoplasty) which has helped both my vision and facial appearance. I have also had some botox treatment by the maxillofacial department at Southampton General Hospital, which has relieved the tension in my face, making it easier to exercise.

I am very grateful for all the help that I have received. Thanks to you all.