06-11-2013, 08:27 AM
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I have this and it is the devil. I first showed symptoms at the age of 8, I believe. My mom didn't believe me when I said something was wrong with my face!! Finally a week later we went to the doctor and I was diagnosed. Along with the facial paralysis, I would get dizzy. I had to wear an eye patch while sleeping. In the past 10 years I've had 3 or 4 episodes. One has only been severe. Usually I notice it moreso in the fall/winter. Along with dizziness, I lost some hearing in the affected side. To this day, the side of my face I get it on looks different to me, not to others. It's quite a PITA but people understand. I was always terrified of being mocked(still am) and not once has anyone made fun of me.
Just tell them to keep up with the prednisone and it will be fine. Usually this is something you deal with your whole life, from my understanding.