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Palsy (Overview)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today "palsy" is largely obsolete.


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What is the definition or description of: palsy?

What is the definition or description of: palsy?

English "palsy". ..: ...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today "palsy" is largely obsolete. ...Read more

Palsy (Overview)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today "palsy" is largely obsolete.


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What is erbs palsy?

What is erbs palsy?

Erb's palsy: Is a paralysis of the arm caused by injury to the upper group of the arm's main nerves, specifically the upper trunk c5-c6 is severed. These injuries arise most commonly, but not exclusively, during a difficult birth. Depending on the nature of the damage, the paralysis can either resolve on its own over a period of months, necessitate rehabilitative therapy, or require surgery. ...Read more

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What is bells palsy?

What is bells palsy?

Facial nerve paralys: Bell's palsy is a viral infection that causes the facial nerve to no longer function. It can lead to weakness or paralysis of one side of the face. If treated early with high-dose steroids the paralysis does not last as long and the damage is not as permanent. An evaluation is important because you have to make sure other problems are not causing the paralysis. ...Read more

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What causes bell's palsy?

What causes bell's palsy?

Viral infection: Bell's palsy is one reason people develop facial paralysis. True bell's palsy is felt to be caused by a viral infection of the facial nerve leading to swelling of the nerve and damage to it caused by decreased blood flow. Steroids are very helpful in treating this. Some people incorrectly term facial paralysis "bell's palsy." this is not correct, you must exclude other causes of facial paralysis. ...Read more

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What causes bell's palsy?

What causes bell's palsy?

Probably a virus: Bell's palsy is weakness of the facial muscles. It is considered by many to be caused by a viral infection of the facial nerve - although that is not certain. It is important to rule out other causes of facial paralysis such a tumor growth or a stroke before arriving at the diagnosis of bell's palsy. Anyone with facial weakness or paralysis should have a complete medical evaluation by a specialist. ...Read more

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Can bells palsy reaccure?

Yes, but...: Bell's palsy is known as idiopathic facial paralysis. By definition, that means we don't know what caused it. All other causes of facial paralysis should be investigated first. Brain tumors, strokes, and a syndrome called melkersson- rosenthal syndrome should be evaluated for. ...Read more

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Can bell's palsy reoccur?

Yes but rare: Bell's palsy can recur but this is rare. Recurrent facial paralysis or weakness may be more commonly related to a tumor growth, infection or a nerve disorder. This should be carefully evaluated by a neurologist of ENT specialist. ...Read more

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How rare is bulbar palsy?

How rare is bulbar palsy?

Not a disease itself: Bulbar palsy is an assortment of signs and symptoms, not the name of a precise disease. It refers to impairment of function of the cranial nerves ix, x, xi and xii. Its causes are many but here are a few:
acute intermittent porphyria, motor neuron disease (als), guillain barre syndome, lyme's disease, botulinism, and myastheinia gravis. ...Read more

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How common is bell's palsy?

Not very: Bells palsy is not as uncommon as is generally believed. Worldwide statistics set the frequency at just over. 02% of the population (with geographical variations). In human terms this is 1 of every 5000 people over the course of a lifetime and 40, 000 americans every year. (courtesy of the bells palsy web site). ...Read more

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How can I treat bell's palsy?

Couple of ways: Treatments for bell's palsy include ensuring protection for your eyes [make sure that they are kept moist and protected]. Sometimes physicians will prescribe steroids [to reduce possible swelling] or antivirals [if it is suspected that the bell's palsy was triggered by a virus]. If you suspect that you have bell's palsy, see your doctor to determine the right course of treatment. ...Read more

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Is bell's palsy a hereditary?

No: Bell's palsy is thought to be due to a viral infection of the facial nerve. Other causes include lyme's disease and sarcoidosis but its is not passed down from one generation to the next. That is not to say that you would not see bell's palsy in a parent and years latter in their child. Bell's palsy rarely is seen bilaterally, if so it is diagnostic of multiple scerosis. ...Read more

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How is bell's palsy diagnosed?

Exam and tests: Bell's palsy is facial weakness or paralysis that is thought to be caused by a viral infection. It is diagnosed by the medical history and on physical exam. Many times additional testing such as a cat or MRI scan will be used to rule out other causes such a a tumor growth. ...Read more

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Can I travel with bell's palsy?

Yes: There are no travel restrictions with bell's palsy. ...Read more

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How does bell's palsy progress?

Variable: The course of bell's palsy varies from person to person. It is thought to be due to a viral infection that causes swelling in the facial nerve and leads to weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles. This can occur over the course of hours or days. Fortunately, most people recover normal facial function but this can be permanent. ...Read more

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I suffer bells palsy in winter?

If repetitive,: Might be very different from the typical one-time bell's palsy, and could conceivably be related to underlying sarcoidosis, or even a neuroma which kicks up periodically. An immune nerve disorder cidp may cause bilateral facial weakness. Perhaps a neurologist ought to evaluate this. ...Read more

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What are symptoms bell's palsy?

Facial weakness: Facial weakness of one side of the face with no other significant neurological deficits, with onset over hours to several days. ...Read more

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How long could bells palsy last?

Bell's Palsy: Bell's palsy is a condition which affects the nerve that controls the muscles of the face, mouth and eyelids. It usually only affects one side and often resolves in weeks. Some people have more chronic problems with facial muscle weakness. ...Read more

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What can I do about bell's palsy?

A few things: Most doctors would prescribe a short course of high dose steroids, and anti-viral medication. Further workup is needed if it is not getting better within a few weeks, or if there are other symptoms such as pain, rash, other body weakness, etc. ...Read more

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Does bells palsy ever get better?

Yes: Most people with bell's palsy will regain normal facial movement. This may take weeks or months however. Some people will only regain some movement and a few will remain completely paralyzed. ...Read more

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Can you recover from bell's palsy?

Yes, most do: Most people who get bell's palsy do recover normal facial movement although it may take months. Some will get no return of facial movement and some will get partial movement back and perhaps even extra strong facial movements. ...Read more

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How much time does bell palsy last?

Bell Palsy: Very variable in time, some can clear in days and some can take months to clear, in rare cases the palsy can be permanent. ...Read more

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What is bell s palsy symptoms from?

Loss of nerve action: Bell's palsy is from dysfunction of the seventh cranial nerve which activates the muscles of the face. It usually occurs suddenly, rarely has pain, but causes the eyelids, facial side and mouth to droop. Most are self limited but can take up to 6 months to improve. A few last and need surgery to correct the changes in the eye and the eating problems from the droopy mouth. ...Read more

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How is third nerve palsy diagnosed?

How is third nerve palsy diagnosed?

History and exam: Typically the diagnosis of a third nerve palsy is made by a history of double vision and then a clinical exam that demonstrates and abnormality of the opening of the eyelid (ptosis), the pupillary size (bigger) and/or the eye movement. Imaging may be useful for uncovering the cause, but the diagnosis is made clinically. ...Read more

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How likely is bell's palsy to recur?

Depends: A recurrence is more likley if you become pregnant, develop diabetes, or are under significant emotional stress. Complete remission is likely if your symptoms resolved within 2 weeks of onset or if the episode occurred in children under 10 years old. ...Read more

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What causes relapse of bell's palsy?

Bell palsy relapse: Mostly bad luck. Probably chronic stress and reduced immunity are factors, but it is very difficult to prove. It is well known that some people are prone to repeated episodes of bell's palsy, but this is unusual, and there are no known proven strategies to prevent these relapses. ...Read more

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What are some causes of bell's palsy?

Facial palsy: One of the most common triggers today of bell's palsy is lyme disease. ...Read more

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Can I workout @ gym with bells palsy?

Why not??: Current concept of bell's palsy suggests causation secondary to a herpetic outbreak. Exercise does not affect for better or worse, and might improve your spirits during this difficulty. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bell's palsy?

What are the symptoms of bell's palsy?

Please see below.: Sudden onset of one-sided facial paralysis, pain behind or in the ear, noise sensitivity, decreased tearing, and taste disturbances are all possible symptoms of bell's palsy. Anyone with these symptoms needs to see their doctor as soon as possible for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more