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Doctor insights on: Acupuncture As A Treatment For Bells Palsy

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Is working out restricted if I have bells palsy? Anyother do's/donts? How about accupuncture? Thanks in advance

Is working out restricted if I have bells palsy? Anyother do's/donts? How about accupuncture? Thanks in advance

Not a problem: Mr. Sallone has half of his face paralyzed from birth from an obstetrical mishap. Whatever you're having acupuncture for, I hope it helps. Glad you're doing fitness. Keep it up. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Acupuncture (Definition)

Acupuncture is a treatment based on Chinese medicine -- a system of healing that dates back thousands of years. At the core of Chinese medicine is the notion that a type of life force, or energy, known as qi (pronounced "chee") flows through energy pathways (meridians) in the body. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Achieving the proper flow of qi is thought to create health and wellness. Qi maintains the dynamic balance of yin and yang, which are complementary opposites. According to Chinese medicine, everything in nature has both yin and yang. An imbalance of qi (too much, too little, or blocked flow) causes disease. To restore balance to the qi, an acupuncturist inserts needles at points along the meridians. These acupuncture points are places where the energy pathway is close to the ...Read more


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What is the best treatment for bells palsy?

What is the best treatment for bells palsy?

Be patient: The prognosis for individuals with Bell's palsy is generally very good and spontaneous recovery is fairly common. Primary medications for management are prednisone and antivirals such as acyclovir and famciclovir. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the treatment of bells palsy?

Could you tell me what is the treatment of bells palsy?

Steroids: When we diagnose bell's palsy within a week of the onset of the symptoms, we treat with Prednisone and an antiviral medication, either Acyclovir or famacycolvir. Studies show that symptoms seem to improve quicker or may be less severe after the treatment. ...Read more

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How long does it take for treatment to cure bells palsy?

How long does it take for treatment to cure bells palsy?

Most cases resolve: Spontaneously, whether given meds or not. Some controversy regarding use of antivirals, but steroids do add some value. Most cases fully resolve within about 4 weeks, and the usual recovery figure is about 92%, so things usually work out very well. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed w/ bells palsy after 7days got this excruciatingly painful headache & pain behind my ear & jaw. Is this normal? Is there any treatment?

Was diagnosed w/ bells palsy after 7days got this excruciatingly painful headache & pain behind my ear & jaw. Is this normal? Is there any treatment?

No: Pain is not typical of bell's palsy. However, if the eye does not close as a result if the bell's, then significant drying of the eye can occur. Pain from the eye is poorly localized, so your pain may be from this. You need to see an eye md to see if this is the case. ...Read more

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What are treatments for bells palsy while pregnant?

Bells palsy: Supportive care, keep the eye on the affected side well lubricated with artificial tears during daytime and with eye ointment at night. Protect the eye at night with eye patch and gauze to prevent accidental cornea laceration and dryness. The use of Acyclovir is safe in 2nd and 3rd trimester. Prednisone is a category d in pregnancy, should discuss with physician before using this medication. ...Read more

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What acupuncture points can I pinpoint to fight bell's palsy?

What acupuncture points can I pinpoint to fight bell's palsy?

Proven vs unproven: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or procedure that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. The problem is that many alternative practices, herbs etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work. Nerve injuries can be temp. Or permanent. Don't get scammed. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help treat bell's palsy?

Bells: Ordinarily accupuncture is not of benefit for bell's palsy. ...Read more

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I was diagnose with bells palsy 3 days ago my doctor told me it was a little bit t late to get treated but I don't understand mine medicine is only20mg?

I was diagnose with bells palsy 3 days ago my doctor told me it was a little bit t late to get treated but I don't understand mine medicine is only20mg?

Bells Palsy: Bells palsy is only a diagnosis of exclusion, not a primary diagnosis especially if its the first time happening. 3 days is still early enough to begin treatment if other pathologies are sufficiently excluded to make idiopathic facial Nerve inflammation and compression the likely diagnosis. The starting Prednisone dose should be at least 60 mg for 3 days followed by taper to be effective. See ENT. ...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 to do if I have bells palsy. Please help!?

What to do if I have bells palsy. Please help!?

Bell's palsy: The course of Bell's palsy may be self-limiting with no residual damage, but because of the potential for irreversible injury to the facial nerve and related musculature, early treatment is recommended. Primary medications for management are prednisone and antivirals such as acyclovir and famciclovir. ...Read more

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What should I do if my baby has bells palsy?

What should I do if my baby has bells palsy?

See your doctor: Bells palsy is usually caused by a virus witch affects the nerve for facial muscles, but there can be other causes. Most bells palsy cases resolve on their own. It is very important to see your pediatircian to follow this and if necessary intervene. ...Read more

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How to treat bells palsy synkinesis?

How to treat bells palsy synkinesis?

Bells palsy: Best to seek consultation with a neurologist. Depending on the cause, you may receive benefit from oral medication or pin point nerve blocking agents. ...Read more

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Should I take Accutane if I have bells palsy?

Accutane: Will not help bell's palsy. This condition is a weakness of the muscles which control your eyelids and facial muscles. Accutane treats acne. ...Read more

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Can the shingles vacine prevent bells palsy?

No: The varicella vaccine can prevent chicken pox/shingles infection, but is not a deterrent for bell's palsy. ...Read more

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How long does pulsatile tinnitus last after bells palsy?

Not related: Pulsation tinnitus is not a feature of bells palsy which only refers to facial paralysis or weakness. Pulsatile tinnitus can have many causes. You should have a complete evaluation by an ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Why is my head twitching on the left side? Could it be from my bells palsy 7 years ago?

Bell's palsy...no: Is a temporary facial paralysis or weakness resulting from damage or trauma to the facial nerve (CN VII). This makes half of your face appear to droop. Your smile and frown is one-sided. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if it's common with bells palsy for the affected side of your face and neck to ache?

Can you tell me if it's common with bells palsy for the affected side of your face and neck to ache?

Yes: The muscles are strained. But if it persists, and the Bell's is not improving with steroids, or time, I recommend an MRI. I've seen too many misdiagnosed Bells palsies in my practice. Best of luck ...Read more

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I had a tooth filled, then a few days later face became paralyzed on that side. Dr. Said bells palsy. What is that?

I had a tooth filled, then a few days later face became paralyzed on that side. Dr. Said bells palsy. What is that?

Injury to a nerve: Bell's palsy is due to an injury to the facial nerve which innervates the muscles of the face. In bell's palsy, the facial muscles lose their motor innervation and become paralyzed. This was probably due to an injury to the facial nerve when you received a novocaine injection. This paralysis will pass as the facial nerve heals. ...Read more

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I have been having weakness and heaviness in my right arm, for a while now I was recently diagnosed with bells palsy would that be why???

I have been having weakness and heaviness in my right arm, for a while now I was recently diagnosed with bells palsy would that be why???

See your doctor pls: Such symptom needs evaluation ASAP, can be unrelated to Bell's palsy, kindly see your doctor or a neurologist soon or go to ER, best wishes ...Read more

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I had bells palsy a few months bak but it went away now my left side has been twitching a lot non stop for three days straight why? Is it bad?

I had bells palsy a few months bak but it went away now my left side has been twitching a lot non stop for three days straight why? Is it bad?

Not really: Some times after bell's palsy the nerve on regeneration can cause twitching. There are treatment, see a neurologist. This is not a life threatening. ...Read more

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Bell palsy and vertigo about 8 months ago now could vertigo and bells palsy have to do wit a tumor on the 7&8 cranial nerve sence I still have them?

Rarely: Bell's palsy can often take a long time to resolve, and rarely can have permanent effects. In very rare cases, symptoms can be caused by a tumor, but you should consult an ENT doctor for this. ...Read more

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I've had bells palsy since june 2011. I still have partial paralysis, nerve pain, headache and spasms. I'm 55 and female. I had bells palsy about 25 years ago. It was completely healed within a month. The nerve pain, headache and the constant ringing in m

I'm: I'm sorry to hear that you have had such a difficult time with your bell's palsy. I don't know of any home remedies to relieve the tinnitus (ringing). Don't waste your money on homeopathy. You live in a city with an active medical school. All medical schools sponsor clinics for people with little or no insurance. Your best bet is to get yourself an appointment. They usually have you seen in medical clinic first and then refer you to neurology or ent. There are treatments available. Don't suffer another 10 months. Good luck. ...Read more

Palsy (Definition)

...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 ...Read more


Dr. John Hoffmann
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Bells Palsy (Definition)

A disorder affecting the nerve that controls movement of muscles in the face. Symptoms usually occur on only one side of the face, and may include having difficulty closing an eye, difficulty keeping food and fluids in the mouth, and ...Read more