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Doctor insights on: Bells Palsy Electrical Stimulation

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Can electrical stimulation work for my erb's palsy?

Can electrical stimulation work for my erb's palsy?

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

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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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?

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

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How long could bells palsy last?

How long could bells palsy last?

Bell's Palsy: Bell's palsy is a condition which affects the nerve that controls the muscles of the face, mouth and eyelids. It usually only affects one side and often resolves in weeks. Some people have more chronic problems with facial muscle weakness. ...Read more

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Do you have information about bells palsy?

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

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Please help! What is the difference betweeen bells palsy and ramseys hunt syndrome?

Herpes: Herpes oticus, also called ramsay hunt syndrome (an old term), is an infection of the facial nerve by the chicken pox virus, herpes zoster. It is painful. Bell's palsy is a dysfunction of the facial nerve of unknown cause. There is typically no pain with a bell's palsy. ...Read more

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Can bells palsy cause lymphoma?

Can bells palsy cause lymphoma?

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

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How to know if partial stroke or bells palsy?

How to know if partial stroke or bells palsy?

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

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Is there any connection between bells palsy and tmj?

Is there any connection between bells palsy and tmj?

None: Bell's palsy is paralysis of the facial nerve. In no way related to TMJ. However, I have see patients with malignancy of the parotid gland who were misdiagnosed as "TMJ?" develop facial paralysis because the cancer invaded the facial nerve. Be careful if you have both symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it safe to fly with bells palsy?

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

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How to treat bells palsy synkinesis?

How to treat bells palsy synkinesis?

Bells palsy: Best to seek consultation with a neurologist. Depending on the cause, you may receive benefit from oral medication or pin point nerve blocking agents. ...Read more

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Can bells palsy cause facial swelling?

Can bells palsy cause facial swelling?

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

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What is the best treatment for bells palsy?

What is the best treatment for bells palsy?

Be patient: The prognosis for individuals with Bell's palsy is generally very good and spontaneous recovery is fairly common. Primary medications for management are prednisone and antivirals such as acyclovir and famciclovir. ...Read more

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Should I take Accutane if I have bells palsy?

Accutane: Will not help bell's palsy. This condition is a weakness of the muscles which control your eyelids and facial muscles. Accutane treats acne. ...Read more

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Bells palsy resolving, should I still get mri?

Bells palsy resolving, should I still get mri?

Might not need it: Followup on bell's palsy is usually clinical, unless your first MRI demonstrated some type of abnormal lesion that your doctor wishes to follow up on... ...Read more

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Can bells palsy cause chest pain on same side?

Can bells palsy cause chest pain on same side?

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

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Bells palsy on right side of my face, what to do?

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 determined. There are treatments available for this type of palsy but it is normally done under the care of a neurologist. ...Read more

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How would you suggest that I get rid of bells palsy?

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

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Is it true that bells palsy is genetic / hereditary?

Is it true that bells palsy is genetic / hereditary?

Not likely: It is not likely that bell's palsy is genetic or inherited. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what is the treatment of bells palsy?

Steroids: When we diagnose bell's palsy within a week of the onset of the symptoms, we treat with Prednisone and an antiviral medication, either Acyclovir or famacycolvir. Studies show that symptoms seem to improve quicker or may be less severe after the treatment. ...Read more

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How long does it take for treatment to cure bells palsy?

Most cases resolve: Spontaneously, whether given meds or not. Some controversy regarding use of antivirals, but steroids do add some value. Most cases fully resolve within about 4 weeks, and the usual recovery figure is about 92%, so things usually work out very well. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can bells palsy cause other body nerve sensitivity? Like upper body?

Can bells palsy cause other body nerve sensitivity? Like upper body?

Unlikely , but: Bell's palsy is due to interruption of facial nerve function , you may have associated problems like viral infection, hypertension, diabetes, sarcoidosis etc may be causing your upper body problems, see your doctor for examination and diagnostic tests. ...Read more

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Could someone possibly get 'bells palsy' by getting your tragus pierced?

No: The facial nerve runs underneath the ear but tragus is very far from it, anatomically speaking. So it would be impossible to damage it when the tragus is worked on. ...Read more

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Need expert opinions. How often is bells palsy a symptom of Lyme disease?

Need expert opinions. How often is bells palsy a symptom of Lyme disease?

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

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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

Dr. John Hoffmann
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Bells Palsy (Definition)

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


Dr. William Singer
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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