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Bells Palsy Electrical Stimulation
Electrical stimulati: It certainly could and its worth a try. However, this should be done by directly stimulation on the spinal cord- it probably will not work in any other area. ...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
Have bells palsy and was using an electrical stimulator. The target point to use on neck caused my hand to contract on same side and hand tingles. Why?
Nerve stimulation.: The target point for electrical nerve stimulation in Bell's Palsy should be on the face in front of the ear. Stimulation the neck especially behind the collar bone will stimulate the brachial plexus or cervical nerve root. It will cause contraction or tingling in the arm or hand as expected. ...Read more
See an ENT: Bell's palsy is a diagnosis of exclusion — meaning that diagnosis is only given when the precise cause of facial paralysis cannot be definitively given. You should see a doctor familiar with all causes. Fortunately most are of viral origin and self limited with full to near full recovery expected. However, rarer causes like benign tumors, stroke, lyme disease etc must be ruled out. See an ent. ...Read more
No, the opposite can:
Bells palsy does not cause lymphoma. Infection/inflammation is the most common cause of bells's palsy.
However, other condition like certain brain tumor, stroke, certain lymphoproliferative disease- like waldenstrom's etc can be presented with cranial nerve vii paralysis. ...Read more
Why r u asking?: Are you trying to figure this out yourself? I could explain it, but without background knowledge you probably still wouldn't understand it. If this is an academic question, some searching on the web should turn up an adequate explanation. If this is about you or someone you know, you really should let a neurologist diagnose and then explain how he could tell. Much more informative that way. ...Read more
Yes, do not worry: But protect the eye on the involved side with an eye patch, as getting off and on the plane, you may encounter wind or breezes or ventilating fans, and since you will not blink normally, you could acquire a corneal abrasion. Otherwise, hopefully will resolve soon. ...Read more
Trigeminal Neuralgia: Your symptoms may be a neurological ailment called trigeminal neuralgia. Not a very well understood problem and should see your doctor, who may then possibly refer to a neurologist. There can be a TMJ relation, but tn, associated with bell's palsy, can create symptoms that mimic tmj/tmd. Bell's palsy is not well understood either and may come and go. Seems like you might be improving though. ...Read more
No, Not related: Bell's palsy is caused by an inflammation of the facial nerve, usually affecting one side, and causing uneven expressions, numbness, and sometime pain behind the ear. It is not related to a stroke, or other neurological condition. It is sometimes thought to be caused by a virus, like chicken pox virus. Most cases recover without treatment in a few months, but sometimes corticosteroids can help. ...Read more
Paliatively: Most people recover completely, without treatment in 1 to 2 months. Especially true if you can still partly move your facial muscles. Some people may have permanent muscle weakness or other problems on the affected side of the face but it is rare. Treatment with corticosteroids is common which helps lower long term side effects. Also, if it is caused by a virus, Acyclovir is helpful. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Very rarely: Idiopathic (no cause known) bell's palsy is the presentation seen in the vast majority of patients presenting with bell's palsy. Bell's palsy caused by lyme disease is only a small fraction of all bells palsy and should only be attributed to lyme disease in documented cases. People presenting with bell's palsy w/out other signs suggestive of lyme disease or endemic areas, aren't to be tested 4 it. ...Read more
I've had bells palsy since 1998 I still have the crooked smile is there a surgery that can fix this?
Bells palsy.: Probably worth a plastic surgery visit.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have had bells palsy for 7 yrs is there anything I can do to make it better or go away? I tried massage, electric stim, reiki
I : I am sorry to hear that your bell's palsy did not improve. Most run-of-the-mill bell's palsies start to improve about three or four weeks after the weakness is maximum. A small percentage does not regain function. Unfortunately after seven years, it is unlikely that you will have return of function. There are some neurosurgical procedure that involve nerve grafts and some cosmetic procedures that can give your face more symmetry (and also protect your eye). I trust that your doctor has assured himself that you haven't developed a neuroma on the nerve. Facial nerve neuromas are not that common but can be a cause of permanent facial weakness. Reiki will not help. Good luck to you. ...Read more