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Bell's Palsy Synkinesis
I will :): Bell's palsy is caused by inflammation of the facial nerve, which supplies the muscles of the face. When the nerve heals, it sprouts new branches, which sometimes can end up going to the wrong muscle. When this occurs it can lead to synkinesis, in which a voluntary contraction of one muscle (like those that make you smile) causes an involuntary contraction in another (like those that shut your eye. ...Read more
...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
Synkinesis: Synkises results when a branch of the healing 7th nerve (after bell's palsy) regrows into multiple muscles on the affected side of the face. This causes, typically, your eye to blink when you smile or tearing of the eyes when your mouth waters. Unfortunately, there is no known treatment if this develops. It's annoying, but shouldn't cause any significant problems down the road. ...Read more
What to do if my face has become asymmetrical and neck sniff when smiling, bell's palsy or synkinesis?
See a neurologist: Bell's palsy, a peripheral facial paralysis. It usually results from edema due to an inflammatory process and compression of the swollen nerve inside the facial canal or stylomastoid foramen. Although the cause of the edema is undetermined, some researchers believe it is related to the herpes simplex virus. ...Read more
About 8 months ago got bells palsy and 7 month ago got vertigo now I have synkinesis could it be a brain tumor on the 7th and 8th cranial nerve?
See doc: You need to consult your doc or neurologist. Bell palsy(7th nerve) can be from an old herpes infection, trauma, compression or inflammation. Vertigo can be from ear or vestibular (brain). Synkinesis is the result from miswiring of nerves after trauma which is common after bells palsy. If your bell palsy and vertigo were resolved and just developing synkinesis then it may not be tumor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Developed Bell's palsy. Out of the blue, I closed my eye and my upper lip contracts. Is this now Synkinesis or just the nerve being irritated? Thanks
Question not clear: When you close the eyes if you feel the closure is not proper and is weak and similarly if your lips deviate to opposite side when you try to smile ,than the side of eye weakness it could be Bells palsy. Few reasons are possible- dry and col weather, viral infections, with no reason it can come, and anatomical problems of th 7 th cranial nerve which cause similar prob. from brain stem to face ...Read more
Is synkinesis permanent if developed early stage in the healing process of Bell's palsy. When I close my eye my lip and cheek spasms uncontrollably.
Probably: It maybe permanent but can improve even up to a year. ...Read more
I have vertigo and my eyes seem to be moving up and down and I have synkinesis on right side face from bells palsy right ear gets plug what could it b?
Neurologist: You should be seen and examined by a neurologist. Best wishes. ...Read more
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
Facial weakness!: Bell's palsy (named after sir charles bell an english physician) is an idiopathic(unknown cause!) unilateral facial paralysis affecting the entire one side of the face viral (?Ebstein barr) , bacterial (hliobacter jejuni ) causes have been implicated as possible aetiologies. ...Read more
Facial paralysis: Sudden onset of one-sided paralysis or weakness of facial muscles (usually onset in minutes or hours) which may be associated with reduced blinking from one eye, excessive tear production, altered speech and swallowing, ringing in the ear, sensitivity to loud noise, altered taste, prickly numb facial sensations, ear pain. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Bell's palsy: Bell's palsy is the term for a disturbance of the facial nerve to the muscles of one side of the face. Most are spontaneous and rapid in onset. The cause is presumed to be viral mostly. The nerve swells in its narrow bony outlet and loses function. That side of the face droops - eye lids and mouth with visual and eating disturbance.Have immediate evaluation by your doctor ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bell's palsy: Patients with Bell's palsy typically present with the sudden onset (usually over hours) of unilateral facial paralysis. Common findings include the eyebrow sagging, inability to close the eye, disappearance of the nasolabial fold, and drooping at the affected corner of the mouth, which is drawn to the unaffected side. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/bells-palsy-the-basics?source=see_link ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers