Bell’s palsy

Well  I just received my pacemaker yesterday morning and when I woke up from the anesthesia my lower lip did not work correctly. The doctor said I have symptoms of Bell's palsy. Has anyone else had anything like this happen to them? If so how long did it last? 


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by Joe Newbie - 2020-01-18 04:33:52


I came out of it with a broken rib and a large pocket of fluid in my left breast. I was told "anything' that happens during the procedure will heal over time.

Welcome to the pacemaker family, are you 100% dependant on the device?


Good to know

by Gardenfairy - 2020-01-18 13:17:55

My pacemaker only kicks on when my heart goes too slow. The doctor said it will be working around 50% of the time but I will not realize if it is my heart or the pacemaker. How about you? How long have you had yours? 

Bell's Palsy

by Selwyn - 2020-01-19 08:23:18

Bell's palsy affects the facial nerve. The upper lip and eye may be involved.

It is just one sided ( though something at the back of my mind says there may be an exception). It usually results in full recovery (not always) and lasts 2-3 months. I would seek early physiotherapy and keep an 'eye on the eye'. If the eye blinking is not working you can end up with eye surface damage.

Straws for liquids are useful for drinking, othewise you will dribble. You need to keep your oral hygiene good.

Is it a true Bell's palsy? I suspect that following an anaesthetic, if there was continued pressure on the tube in your mouth ( the endotracheal tube or airway) then you may just have a temporary pressure effect to damage the nerve around the lip and there will be recovery over the next week or two. The nerve can be damaged by a tight grip around top of the lower jaw during anaesthetic.

See :

for examples of nerve damage after anaesthetics. Beware though, for these case studies the outcome was bad. This is unlikely to be so in your case given the mildness of symptoms you describe.

I have seen quite a few folk with Bell's palsy, not least my Father-in-law had it twice! You can reassure people that you have decided to take more water with your alcohol to help the slurred speech!

May be very temporary

by Lexitoo - 2020-01-20 14:17:39

I had my pacemaker installed 17 days ago and my top lip was numb for two days....I suspect pressure on a nerve from tube inmy mouth. I treated it carefully (except when I unknowingly bit it..ow). It's fine now.  BellsPalsy is a much bigger deal. If not your general physician. A brother had this and has permanent droopy smile.  Kinda cool, but not normal.


by mspriss - 2020-01-21 20:15:54

I had topical imjections for the implant and felt the entire procedure. It was fine.... felt like scraping when the incision was made..  I had a terrible emotional reacton before I got to my room and developed a rash on my hands and legs.


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