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Bells Palsy Vs Stroke
...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
Brain vs. nerve: Bell's is a nerve pinch. Stroke is brain. Patients will have a weak smile, but will be able to close their eye tightly and wrinkle their forehead symmetrically with stroke. They may have other stroke signs (speech, coordination, blood pressure changes, changes in consciousness/thinking) BELL"S WON"T. Bell's often have other nerve pinch signs --PAIN and sensation changes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but...: Bell's palsy is known as idiopathic facial paralysis. By definition, that means we don't know what caused it. All other causes of facial paralysis should be investigated first. Brain tumors, strokes, and a syndrome called melkersson- rosenthal syndrome should be evaluated for. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Facial paralysis: Bell's palsy is weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles. It is thought to be caused by a virus but it is important to rule out other causes such a tumor growth. Most people will regain normal facial movement with time but a few may have permanent weakness or spasms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Multiple: Facial nerve pressure, viruses such as herpes simplex, cold sores, herpes zoster, epstein-barr, rubella, (german measles), mumps virus, tumors and strokes, are all thought to be possible causes. It can occur overnight and it can go away in a short or long period of time. Many people show signs of improvement within the first two weeks. ...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 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
I am a 55 year old female. In june 2011 i was diagnosed with bells palsy. I've had a headache ever since. I still have some paralysis and nerve pain but the headache will not go away. My hearing was very sensitive but has gotten better. I still have the r
Diagnosed with Bells palsy on right side of face 3 yrs ago and in the last 3 weeks my right eye has started to water is this due to the BP?
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