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Facial Exercises For 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.
...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
Is massage and facial exercises encouraged for hypertonicity post Bell's palsy healing or can it slow healing process. 5 months post bells?
Anything reccomended to treat bell's palsy? Besides steroids since I wasn't able to take any. Such as good products, vitamins or any facial exercises
Steroids: The only reccomendation is a course of steroids. Often this gets better on its own.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 3 more doctor answers
Common: It is common to have sensory complaints and some pain with bell's palsy and during the recovery from it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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