[Last review and update of resources on this page: 08.09.2013]
In the hours and days after I was diagnosed, I found several sources of information that were helpful to me, both educationally and emotionally. If you’ve come across my site and haven’t had a chance to visit some of these, I’d encourage you to do so. For my personal Bell’s Palsy story, see My Experience with Bell’s Palsy.
Bell’s Palsy Information and Resources
Bell’s Palsy Association @ www.bellspalsy.org.uk: A comprehensive source of information on Bell’s Palsy.
Bell’s Palsy Association Online Forums: Support forums connecting Bell’s Palsy sufferers around the world.
Bell’s Palsy Association Leaflets: Helpful information, answers to questions, and suggested facial exercises. [Note – the page I linked to with the leaflets is no longer working. However, I did have direct URLs to the leaflets. Click on the images below to view. -David]
Bell’s Palsy Association Links Page: Other websites with information useful to sufferers of Bell’s Palsy
Bell’s Palsy InfoSite & Forums @ www.bellspalsy.ws: Another great resource for information as well as helpful support forums
NIH’s MedlinePlus page on Bell’s Palsy: Bell’s Palsy resources, reference and current information provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). For an easy-to-understand introduction to Bell’s Palsy, I recommend viewing their Interactive Bell’s Palsy Tutorial and their Bell’s Palsy Reference Summary (opens as a PDF file).
Cranial Nerve VII – Facial Nerve :Yale University School of Medicine’s overview of the distinct functions of of the nerves controlling facial movement. 28 pages that help understand where and how the face is affected by Bell’s Palsy. Page 9 of this site shows a figure diagramming the affected nerve and where lesions typically happen resulting in Bell’s Palsy. Page 10 (of 28) describes the characteristic indications of Bell’s Palsy on the affected side.
Other Helpful Bell’s Palsy Sites
- Bell’s Palsy information from Kidshealth.org for Parents, Teens and Kids
- Bell’s Palsy Information Center
- Bell’s Palsy Network at bellspalsy.net
- Bell’s Palsy for Health Care Professionals – Information on Bell’s Palsy for use by doctors and other heath care professionals and prepared by resident physicians for presentation and discussion at a conference held at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
If you know of other information or resources that would be helpful for me to add here, leave a comment below or contact me directly.