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I was diagnosed with bells palsy 18 months ago. I am 80% improved. i still have flutters and slight ear pain is that a good sign?

I was diagnosed with bells palsy 18 months ago. I am 80% improved. i still have flutters and slight ear pain is that a good sign?

Overall good: The overall picture you're describing is one of progressive albeit slow improvement. The flutters and slight ear pain is not a good news or bad news; it is simply an expression that there is some slight residual symptomatology. The Important thing is that over time you are getting better and will most likely continue to improve until there is complete resolution of the Bell's ...Read more

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Neck,left side back head,ear pain. Had slight asymmetrical smile and slight feeling of muscle weakness in eye. Tearing eye lip closed slightly crooked. Normal neuro physical exam and normal eye exam. Possible Bell's palsy?

Neck,left side back head,ear pain. Had slight asymmetrical smile and slight feeling of muscle weakness in eye. 
Tearing eye lip closed slightly crooked. Normal neuro physical exam and normal eye exam. Possible Bell's palsy?

Possibly/depends,,,: It's possible that this is Bell's palsy but it depends on how severe your symptoms are and/or if anything else might have contributed to this. It could be caused by an infection flare-up or this could be a viral infection like herpes. Apparently, this can have episodes that come and go and may not even need treatment. It'd be best to see a neurologist to be sure. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can Bell's palsy cause absent reflex in the ear on the side the palsy is?

Can Bell's palsy cause absent reflex in the ear on the side the palsy is?

If by absent reflex: ....you are referring to the acoustic or stapedius reflex which activates the tensor tympani muscle which tightens the eardrum so that loud noises are attenuated (muffled a bit) then, the answer is YES. In Bell's Palsy this reflex may be compromised. Sounds may seem significantly louder and even distressing on the side of the facial palsy. ...Read more

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My husband has Bell's palsy should he be in a lot of pain in his face head ear n looks swollen ?

My husband has Bell's palsy should he be in a lot of pain in his face head ear n looks swollen ?

Usually not. : Bella palsy usually does not cause pain or swellings in any region. I would suggest consulting an ENT physician or a neurologist. You could also consult your dentist as well to rule out a dental pathology as well as temporomandibular disorders. ...Read more

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Had bells palsy for 10 months. My head is buzzing &the left side ear/head has been painful from start. Going to nuerologist next week. Help welcome?

Had bells palsy for 10 months.  My head is buzzing  &the left side ear/head has been painful from start. Going to  nuerologist next week. Help welcome?

Perhaps a variant: Your description leads me to wonder if, in your case, the bell's palsy was due to "herpes zoster oticus" or ramsey-hunt syndrome. You may have possessed a tell-tail eruption if your doctor looked into your ear. Discuss with your neurologist, and decide upon an approach. ...Read more

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Dr. I had a bell's palsy last sept. And after a month i can move everything back as normal. I am just wondering why is it that everytime I do jogging, the affected area will be painful including my head and my ear as well. Is it normal? Thank u

Dr. I had a bell's palsy last sept. And after a month i can move everything back as normal. I am just wondering why is it that everytime I do jogging, the affected area will be painful including my head and my ear as well. Is it normal? Thank u

It is not unusual.: It is not uncommon after a nerve injury (such as bell's palsy) to experience the symptoms again during times when the body is under a stress of some sort - so you might experience symptoms when you are ill, not sleeping well, or, as in your case, exercising. ...Read more

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Is memory lost associated with bells palsy? I had bells palsy almost a year ago and i still have migraines focusing in the back of the ear. Help!

Is memory lost associated with bells palsy? I had bells palsy almost a year ago and i still have migraines focusing in the back of the ear. Help!

No, no memory loss: Memory is a complicated function that can be affected by pain, but a bell's palsy does not directly impact memory. Also, do not presume that your headaches are migraines. This suggested that the headaches occur as a result of changes in blood flow. More likely, the headaches are related to the bell's palsy and thus require a much different treatment. Treatment of the pain may improve memory also. ...Read more

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Year ago I had bells palsy on right side & recovered 90%,since that time I’ve acute head pain behind the right ear, especially when stressed,what 2 d?

Year ago I had bells palsy on right side & recovered 90%,since that time I’ve acute head pain behind the right ear, especially when stressed,what 2 d?

Why 90%: You are experiencing tension and stress which has nothing to do with your Bell's palsy . Try to relax,ask your doctor for some medication like Ativan (lorazepam) 0.5 mg to be taking around your bed time, because it could make you sleepy, apply heat around the area behind your ear and your neck. You are young lady ,and you live in the best place on earth.relax.pray,and take the medicine bilshifaa inshallah ...Read more

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