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Had bells palsy for 10 months. My head is buzzing &the left side ear/head has been painful from start. Going to nuerologist next week. Help welcome?

Had bells palsy for 10 months. My head is buzzing &the left side ear/head has been painful from start. Going to nuerologist next week. Help welcome?

Perhaps a variant: Your description leads me to wonder if, in your case, the bell's palsy was due to "herpes zoster oticus" or ramsey-hunt syndrome. You may have possessed a tell-tail eruption if your doctor looked into your ear. Discuss with your neurologist, and decide upon an approach. ...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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I was diagnosed with bells palsy 18 months ago. I am 80% improved. I still have flutters and slight ear pain is that a good sign?

I was diagnosed with bells palsy 18 months ago. I am 80% improved. I still have flutters and slight ear pain is that a good sign?

Overall good: The overall picture you're describing is one of progressive albeit slow improvement. The flutters and slight ear pain is not a good news or bad news; it is simply an expression that there is some slight residual symptomatology. The Important thing is that over time you are getting better and will most likely continue to improve until there is complete resolution of the Bell's ...Read more

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Is memory lost associated with bells palsy? I had bells palsy almost a year ago and I still have migraines focusing in the back of the ear. Help!

Is memory lost associated with bells palsy? I had bells palsy almost a year ago and I still have migraines focusing in the back of the ear. Help!

No, no memory loss: Memory is a complicated function that can be affected by pain, but a bell's palsy does not directly impact memory. Also, do not presume that your headaches are migraines. This suggested that the headaches occur as a result of changes in blood flow. More likely, the headaches are related to the bell's palsy and thus require a much different treatment. Treatment of the pain may improve memory also. ...Read more

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Year ago I had bells palsy on right side & recovered 90%, since that time I’ve acute head pain behind the right ear, especially when stressed, what 2 d?

Year ago I had bells palsy on right side & recovered 90%, since that time I’ve acute head pain behind the right ear, especially when stressed, what 2 d?

Why 90%: You are experiencing tension and stress which has nothing to do with your Bell's palsy.
Try to relax, ask your doctor for some medication like Ativan (lorazepam) 0.5 mg to be taking around your bed time, because it could make you sleepy, apply heat around the area behind your ear and your neck.
You are young lady, and you live in the best place on earth. Relax. Pray, and take the medicine bilshifaa inshallah ...Read more

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Sharp pain behind and around ear lobe resulted in bells palsy. Little red in ear canal. Pain lasting for long periods especially laying down. 5 days?

Sharp pain behind and around ear lobe resulted in bells palsy. Little red in ear canal. Pain lasting for long periods especially laying down. 5 days?

Could be shingles: Varicella zoster, or shingles, can affect the ear canal and also affect the 7th cranial nerve causing bell's palsy. Have a dr look carefully into your ear canal to see if there are any rashes evident of shingles there. Good luck. ...Read more

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Have bells palsy after surgery. 2 months out and face healed well. Now my face is tingling, numb, and ear pressures up when making movement. Healing?

Have bells palsy after surgery. 2 months out and face healed well. Now my face is tingling, numb, and ear pressures up when making movement. Healing?

Which surgery?: After parotidectomy, the facial nerve (motor nerve) may be temporarily damaged resulting in facial weakness. Unless the nerve was severed this usually resolves in weeks or months. Another nerve, the great auricular nerve (sensory nerve), is usually resected to allow removal of the salivary tumor, thus a portion of the ear remains numb. Tingling usually indicates regenerating nerve function. ...Read more

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Was diagnosed w/ bells palsy after 7days got this excruciatingly painful headache & pain behind my ear & jaw. Is this normal? Is there any treatment?

Was diagnosed w/ bells palsy after 7days got this excruciatingly painful headache & pain behind my ear & jaw. Is this normal? Is there any treatment?

No: Pain is not typical of bell's palsy. However, if the eye does not close as a result if the bell's, then significant drying of the eye can occur. Pain from the eye is poorly localized, so your pain may be from this. You need to see an eye md to see if this is the case. ...Read more

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I have bells palsy or maybe herpes oticus. Had this severe pain around ear, just noticed under my ear & below my jaw is swollen. Should I be alarmed?

I have bells palsy or maybe herpes oticus. Had this severe pain around ear, just noticed under my ear & below my jaw is swollen. Should I be alarmed?

Pain is alarming: Severe pain is always alarming. Bell's palsy should not give severe pain or swelling. See your doctor who may refer you to a specialist to see what the problem is. ...Read more

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Why is my head twitching on the left side? Could it be from my bells palsy 7 years ago?

Why is my head twitching on the left side? Could it be from my bells palsy 7 years ago?

Bell's palsy...no: Is a temporary facial paralysis or weakness resulting from damage or trauma to the facial nerve (CN VII). This makes half of your face appear to droop. Your smile and frown is one-sided. ...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 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 a 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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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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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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Can the shingles vacine prevent bells palsy?

No: The varicella vaccine can prevent chicken pox/shingles infection, but is not a deterrent for bell's palsy. ...Read more

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Possible for someone with bells palsy to have an adverse reactions while taking lamictal?

Possible for someone with bells palsy to have an adverse reactions while taking lamictal?

Not related: Lamictal may or may not give sound effects (mainly a rash) it has nothing to do with bells palsy which is a peripheral facial palsy thought to be due to a viral (? Epstein barr) infection. ...Read more

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I'm 44 and for the last 6 Months my left cheek has been twitching almost continuously. I had bells palsy 2 years ago. Is this related?

I'm 44 and for the last 6 Months my left cheek has been twitching almost continuously. I had bells palsy 2 years ago. Is this related?

Could be: If same side, might be consequence of re-innervation in area of prior facial nerve compromise. But your description could be consistent with hemifacial spasms or facial myokymia, and this needs to be distinguished, and appropriate tests and therapies accomplished.
Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I suffer bells palsy in winter?

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

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Does bells palsy ever get better?

Yes: Most people with bell's palsy will regain normal facial movement. This may take weeks or months however. Some people will only regain some movement and a few will remain completely paralyzed. ...Read more

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Can I workout @ gym with bells palsy?

Why not??: Current concept of bell's palsy suggests causation secondary to a herpetic outbreak. Exercise does not affect for better or worse, and might improve your spirits during this difficulty. ...Read more

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Bells palsy ever going to go away, what to do?

Usually improves: The great majority of the time. The weakness of bell's palsy goes away nearly completely or completely. The greatest improvement is usually within the first 4-6 weeks after the symptoms started. However, slow healing continues for several months. A few physical therapists specialize in muscle stimulation that can offer some improvement if the symptoms don't seem to be improving. ...Read more

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What to do if I have bells palsy. Please help!?

What to do if I have bells palsy. Please help!?

Bell's palsy: The course of Bell's palsy may be self-limiting with no residual damage, but because of the potential for irreversible injury to the facial nerve and related musculature, early treatment is recommended. Primary medications for management are prednisone and antivirals such as acyclovir and famciclovir. ...Read more

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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