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Doctor insights on: Facial Exercises For Bell's Palsy

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Are there any exercises to work the muscles on one side of the face if you had bell's palsy?

Are there any exercises to work the muscles on one side of the face if you had bell's palsy?

Physical Therapy: Ask your doctor (pmd, neurologist) for a physical therapy prescription. You can try some one your own but I would recommend working with someone who can monitor your progress. I'm not advocating any specific sites, but there are some examples on the internet.

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What different between paralisia facial and bell's palsy?

What different between paralisia facial and bell's palsy?

Facial paralysis: There are different types of facial paralysis, one of which is bell's palsy, as described above. Other forms of facial paralysis can occur with problems anywhere along the length of the nerve, such as with tumors or strokes. Depending upon the location of the problem, one can have partial or complete weakness of the face, such as sparing of the forehead.

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Can bell's palsy affect both sides of the face?

Rarely: Bells palsy his weakness of the facial muscles perhaps due to a viral infection in the facial nerve. It is rare for this to affect both sides of the face. Anyone who presents with new facial weakness should be thoroughly evaluated by either a facial surgeon or a neurologist.

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Bell's palsy vs. Facial nerve palsy. Different?

Bell's palsy vs. Facial nerve palsy. Different?

Often: Misdiagnosed, bell's palsy is a type of facial nerve palsy when the cause is unknown. In order for a facial nerve palsy to be correctly labelled bell's palsy, an appropriate evaluation with imaging studies needs to be done.

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What is the difference between bell's palsy and facial nerve palsy?

What is the difference between bell's palsy and facial nerve palsy?

Semantics: Facial nerve palsy is paralysis of the facial nerve of any cause. When the cause is unknown it's called bell's palsy but a lot people use the terms interchangeably.

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If my bell's palsy facial paralysis hasn't gone away after a year will it ever go away?

If my bell's palsy facial paralysis hasn't gone away after a year will it ever go away?

Unlikely: Most people with true bell's palsy will recover most or all of their facial movement with time. Some will have permanent paralysis or weakness. If your face has not improved at all then you should see an ENT specialist for more evaluation. It is possible that you have another problem that has caused your facial paralysis such as a tumor growth and this should be checked.

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

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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.

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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.

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Can you get bell's palsy if your face is already paralyzed?

Not really: If the face is completely paralyzed on one side, there would be no way to tell if there was a new bell's palsty.

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I wanted to know is bell's palsy facial nerve disorder dangerous?

I wanted to know is bell's palsy facial nerve disorder dangerous?

Usually not: 90% return to full function, 10% have some residual palsy of the face. If it is persistent, I highly recommend an MRI as sometimes this can actually be due to a tumor. I've seen this many times in my practice. Best of luck.

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Front of face got hit. Right side of face looks like Bell's palsy from irritated nerve. Will my face go back to normal?

Front of face got hit. Right side of face looks like Bell's palsy from irritated nerve. Will my face go back to normal?

BEll's Palsy: Front of face got hit. Right side of face looks like Bell's palsy from irritated nerve. Will my face go back to normal? ANS: Bell's is from paralyzed nerve not irritated. Would be unusual from being hit in front. So if you try to wrinkle your forehead does it do it? Can do video consult to help now. Here till 4 AM PCT.

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Tell me the difference between bell's palsy and facial palsy?

Both facial palsies: Bell's palsy is facial weakness or paralysis that is thought to be due to a viral infection of the facial nerve. There are other causes of facial palsy including tumor growth, stroke, infection and trauma to name a few.

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Any difference between bell's palsy and facial palsy or they are the same?

Bell's /facial palsy: Bell's palsy refers to a weakness of the facial nerve (nerve that controls the movement of the facial muscles) from an unknown cause. Facial palsy refers to a weakness in the facial nerve. Bell's palsy is a type of facial palsy but other types include stroke, chicken pox virus (ramsey-hunt syndrome), tumors on the facial nerve, tumors that compress the facial nerve, and trauma of the facial nerve.

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Can anyone tell me the difference between bell's palsy and facial palsy or they are the same?

Can anyone tell me the difference between bell's palsy and facial palsy or they are the same?

Not exactly: While both present with inability to move one side of the face, bell's palsy is a diagnosis of exclusion. Other causes of unilateral facial paralysis (lyme disease, stroke, ear infection, ear or brain tumor, etc) need to be ruled out during the evaluation. In short, all bell's is facial palsy but not all facial palsy is bell's.

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Can bell's palsy affect both sides of the face and create problems with eating and swallowing?

Can bell's palsy affect both sides of the face and create problems with eating and swallowing?

Rarely: Bell's palsy can affect both sides of the face but that is rare. If someone has weakness or paralysis on both sides of the face then a complete evaluation, likely with and MRI or cat scan, should be done to rule out other causes of facial weakness. A neurologist, ENT specialist or a neurosurgeon can do this type of work up.

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