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Doctor insights on: Bells Palsy And Facial Muscle Weakness

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What nerve causes facial muscle weakness?

What nerve causes facial muscle weakness?

Cranial Nerves: Facial expression and movement are controlled by several of the cranial nerves (cn). Ocular motion by cn3, 4, 6. Eyebrow lift by cn3, eyelid closing by cn7, muscles of chewing by cn5 and the rest of the face by cn7. ...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


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What causes facial muscle weakness?

What causes facial muscle weakness?

Facial palsy: Bell's palsy which is the injury of facial nerve that innervates the facial muscles can cause facial assymetry. You need to check with your doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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I have some facial muscle weakness. Brain MRI about a year ago showed nothing. Was told it was anxiety. Could that be the only cause? I fear als.

I have some facial muscle weakness. Brain MRI about a year ago showed nothing.  Was told it was anxiety. Could that be the only cause?  I fear als.

Doubt ALS: Weak facial muscles are associated with a few hereditary muscle diseases (e.g., fsh), but can be due to problems with cranial nerves, such as facial or trigeminal, and problems outside cranial cavity may not be seen on standard brain mri. Very unlikely that you have als, but if you need more information, a facial nerve EMG might be of some value. ...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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Have herniated disc in my thorasic area and lumbar too.lately have a leg muscle weakness.walking but feel fatigued.can this weakness sign of paralysis?

Have herniated disc in my thorasic area and lumbar too.lately have a leg muscle weakness.walking but feel fatigued.can this weakness sign of paralysis?

There can be many : potential reasons for your symptoms including neural or nerve tissue compression or pinching by a disc herniation that can present without any pain especially with a disc herniation in the thoracic area. One also had to realize that finding disc herniations in adults without any symptoms is not that uncommon. You should see your physician for an evaluation to assess your complaints. ...Read more

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I have itchy skin all over my body and face, fatigued and muscle weakness.

I have itchy skin all over my body and face, fatigued and muscle weakness.

Allergies: You could be having allergies or a viral syndrome giving you muscle aches and itchiness, try anti allergy med and or cold meds and see if it helps if not see your doctor ...Read more

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When a nerve in the face is damaged (not severed) does muscle weakness slowly get better or spontaneously work as the nerve heals?

When a nerve in the face is damaged (not severed) does  muscle weakness slowly get better or spontaneously work as the nerve heals?

Expect this: If the nerve coverings are the source of damage, it will take about 4 weeks, but if the central axonal core is affected, recovery speed is similar to fingernail growth, about 0.1 mm per day. Your surgeon can help explain this process. ...Read more

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I came down with a mild case of bells palsy 5 days postpartum. I'm on valtrex (valacyclovir) 500mg I'm getting headaches is it normal? My muscles are starting to mov

I came down with a mild case of bells palsy 5 days postpartum. I'm on valtrex (valacyclovir) 500mg I'm getting headaches is it normal? My muscles are starting to mov

Unusual: Bells palsy or Valtrex usually does not cause headaches. You are probably fatigued and sleep deprived, so rest, hydrate, eat well, may be a cup of fresh hot coffee may help (if you are used to this), seek domestic help if possible, also may use tylenol (acetaminophen) or similar medicines for headache control. Hope you feel better soon ...Read more

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What can one-sided muscle weakness/wasting be?

What can one-sided muscle weakness/wasting be?

Many Possibilities: Weakness and wasting on one side can be caused by a number of things, including intervertebral disc disease, intervertebral foraminal stenosis. These irritate or with enough degeneration can cause decreased function in the nerve, which eventually causes strength or wasting issues. There are more potential causes, so it is advisable to be evaluated. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Bells Palsy (Definition)

Bell's palsy is 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