So after a month of rebuilding my embouchure essentially from scratch, and a half of a month sounding better than I've sounded in my whole life (making everything seem worth going through it in the 1st place), I seem to be going through a relapse of sorts regarding the bell's palsy.
I was kind of pushed into full-use playing by the second week of coming back to playing (we had a substantially difficult concert on the 15th of March), and have had a busy school performance and gig schedule up until now, plus was prepping for a grad recital and playing an opera. At this moment in time, I can still play, but playing aggravates the already annoying symptoms. Probably isn't helping that I also got a really swell bronchitis thing that I'm still fighting off 15 days later, even after a course of antibiotics and enough mucinex to choke a horse, as per the doctor's orders.....
Symptoms that have returned are: headaches on the affected (left) side (worst symptom, also made worse by playing or stress), extreme stiffness on the affected side (not full paralysis like before, thankfully), and my embouchure, while holding in some capacity, is definitely pulling towards the good side a little bit. Also, that great "head on cold desk" feeling has returned.
Anything I can do other than go back to what I was doing before? (acupuncture, herbals, vitamin therapy, rest, time off the oboe...) Any suggestions for the headaches? NOTHING I've tried makes them go away whenever they start....no medication, OTC or Rx, makes them stop, application of gentle heat makes a marginal improvement but is impractical during the day. Headaches are actually worse than before, which is disheartening.
My recital has been postponed once already, and now has been postponed indefinitely again. Also not graduating because of this, making my masters turn into 3 and a half years for a 2 year degree. Any advice, ideas, etc would be much appreciated. While not graduating sucks, at least I can take the summer as an opportunity to focus on recovering permanently.