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Dr. Louis Gallia Dr. Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
41 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Can pus be reason for facial pain? M suffering facial pain nostrills, nose bridge, eye brow, cheek. Please help. Can it bells palsy? How to treat!

Can pus be reason for facial pain? M suffering facial pain nostrills, nose bridge, eye brow, cheek. Please help. Can it bells palsy? How to treat!

Not Bells Palsy: Bells palsy is facial paralysis. Many causes of facial pain. Start with ENT or oral surgery exam/diagnosis. If TMJ, see TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals.

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Dr. John Hoffmann Dr. Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
34 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Can bell's palsy affect both sides of the face?

Can bell's palsy affect both sides of the face?

Rarely: Bells palsy his weakness of the facial muscles perhaps due to a viral infection in the facial nerve. It is rare for this to affect both sides of the face. Anyone who presents with new facial weakness should be thoroughly evaluated by either a facial surgeon or a neurologist.

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Dr. Anthony Mosley Dr. Mosley
Neurology
years in practice
UC San Francisco School of Medicine
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I have bells palsy in the left side of face and when feeling returns I feel pain. Is this normal?

I have bells palsy in the left side of face and when feeling returns I feel pain. Is this normal?

Common: It is common to have sensory complaints and some pain with bell's palsy and during the recovery from it.

Dr. Robert Uyeda Dr. Uyeda
Surgery
41 years in practice
Boston University School of Medicine
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Hi I am 4 months into bells palsy and my face is back to normal I know its not quite right yet as I still tend to dribble from the left side of my mou?

Hi I am 4 months into bells palsy and my face is back to normal I know its not quite right yet as I still tend to dribble from the left side of my mou?

Some residual: paralysis might be permanent. Consult with your neurologist for referral to a physical therapist, who might be able to help minimize impairment.

Dr. James Goodrich Dr. Goodrich
Neurosurgery
37 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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Bells palsy on right side of my face, what to do?

Bell's palsy: I would suggest you see a neurologist to see if the origin or cause of the Bell's palsy can be determine. There are treatments available for this type of palsy but it is normally done under the care of a neurologist.

Dr. Christina Lenk Dr. Lenk
Neurology
24 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Bells palsy on right side of my face, what does this mean?

Bells palsy on right side of my face, what does this mean?

Facial weakness: Bell palsy develops when the nerve to the facial muscles on one side is irritated, probably from a virus. It causes trouble closing the eyelid on one side, or drooling from weakness of the mouth and you may have trouble smiling. We usually try to hurry along improvement by treating with Prednisone and an anti-viral medication if we see you within one week from symptom onset.

Dr. James Sidman Dr. Sidman
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
36 years in practice
Dartmouth Medical School
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Can you get bell's palsy if your face is already paralyzed?

Not really: If the face is completely paralyzed on one side, there would be no way to tell if there was a new bell's palsty.

Dr. Clarence Grim Dr. Grim
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
53 years in practice
University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
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Front of face got hit. Right side of face looks like Bell's palsy from irritated nerve. Will my face go back to normal?

Front of face got hit. Right side of face looks like Bell's palsy from irritated nerve. Will my face go back to normal?

BEll's Palsy: Front of face got hit. Right side of face looks like Bell's palsy from irritated nerve. Will my face go back to normal? ANS: Bell's is from paralyzed nerve not irritated. Would be unusual from being hit in front. So if you try to wrinkle your forehead does it do it? Can do video consult to help now. Here till 4 AM PCT.

Dr. Carin Van Gelder Dr. Van Gelder
Emergency Medicine
21 years in practice
University of Vermont College of Medicine
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Are there any exercises to work the muscles on one side of the face if you had bell's palsy?

Physical Therapy: Ask your doctor (pmd, neurologist) for a physical therapy prescription. You can try some one your own but I would recommend working with someone who can monitor your progress. I'm not advocating any specific sites, but there are some examples on the internet.

Dr. John Hoffmann Dr. Hoffmann
Surgery - Plastics
34 years in practice
Baylor College of Medicine
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Can bell's palsy affect both sides of the face and create problems with eating and swallowing?

Can bell's palsy affect both sides of the face and create problems with eating and swallowing?

Rarely: Bell's palsy can affect both sides of the face but that is rare. If someone has weakness or paralysis on both sides of the face then a complete evaluation, likely with and MRI or cat scan, should be done to rule out other causes of facial weakness. A neurologist, ENT specialist or a neurosurgeon can do this type of work up.

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Dr. Adam Lewis Dr. Lewis
Neurosurgery
31 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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After having Bell's palsy for a few months, my face has regained most movement but now have face tightening that hasn't gone away. Permanent?

After having Bell's palsy for a few months, my face has regained most movement but now have face tightening that hasn't gone away. Permanent?

Bell's palsy: No. Function will continue to improve for several more months. Corticosteroids and anti-viral medication are often prescribed at initial signs of weakness. Facial exercises, massaging the facial muscles and opening and closing the eye lid are helpful. Take extra care with oral hygiene as food can pool on the affected side. Eye drops to lubricate the eye and a wear a patch at night to protect it.

Dr. Michael Ham Dr. Ham
Ophthalmology
23 years in practice
University of Nebraska College of Medicine
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I have bell's palsy on the left side of my face but on that same side I have a lot of pain on that whole side what is going on and what should I do?

I have bell's palsy on the left side of my face but on that same side I have a lot of pain on that whole side what is going on and what should I do?

Cause!: What have yo been told the cause of the bell's palsy is from. Most common is a virus. You are taking Acyclovir and steroids, this appears as if it is from shingles (herpes zoster). If this is the case, your pain is most likely from that. Post herpetic neuralgia. Neurontin, gabapentin, or Lyrica (pregabalin) can help with this phn.

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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I still have headaches but my bell's palsy has gone away, my face is back to normal. I am sensitive to cold. I am taking tapomax but I am still gettin?

I still have headaches but my bell's palsy has gone away, my face is back to normal. I am sensitive to cold. I am taking tapomax but I am still gettin?

Topiramate: If you are taking topamax (topiramate) and still getting severe headaches you need to go back and see the doctor who prescribed this and be re-assessed. Good luck.

Dr. Louis Gallia Dr. Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
41 years in practice
University of Washington School of Medicine
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Is there a quick home remedy for bell's palsy face pain?

Is there a quick home remedy for bell's palsy face pain?

No: No quick remedies. See your ENT doc for best advice in terms of meds. Pain meds, steroids are often prescribed.

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Dr. Zahid Niazi Dr. Niazi
Cosmetic Surgery
35 years in practice
University of Peshawar, Khyber Medical College
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Facial paralysis/droopin/bell's palsy and dizziness when touching side of face?

Facial paralysis/droopin/bell's palsy and dizziness when touching side of face?

See a specialist: Should see a specialist as soon as possible. You need a full work-up including an MRI or ct scan to rule out tumor and identify if cranial nerves are being compressed inside the brain, inside the skull bone or outside.

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Dr. Paul Grin Dr. Grin
Pain Management
32 years in practice
UCLA School of Dentistry
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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.

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Dr. Christopher Duma Dr. Duma
Neurosurgery
32 years in practice
State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Michael Sparacino Dr. Sparacino
Family Medicine
33 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Dr. Kevin Hanley Dr. Hanley
Dentistry - Orthodontics
39 years in practice
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine
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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.

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Dr. Edward Burney Dr. Burney
Ophthalmology
39 years in practice
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
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I got bells palsy in december (had a mri)and have healed physically. I still get the terrible pains in the back of the head sometimes. Is this normal?

HA post Bells: May be post inflammatory neuralgia, since many times bells palsy is due to inflammation of the 7th nerve (facial nerve). Otc Motrin or advil (ibuprofen) for a few days may help reduce the inflammation and headache, if not, see your doc.

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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


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Facial Pain (Definition)

Facial pain is a clinical finding in which there is pain in the area of the face. This is often due to trauma, ...Read more