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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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If I had Bell’s Palsy once on one side of my face, how likely is it for me to get Bell’s Palsy again?

Uncommon: Bell's palsy is rare to begin with. The chance of getting it a second time (on the same or the other side) is the same as it was the first time. You do not have a unique or higher susceptibility to get this condition even though you got it once. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Does half the face remain stiff after bell's palsy? How long does it take to get cured fully?

Does half the face remain stiff after bell's palsy? How long does it take to get cured fully?

Bell's Palsy: It can take up to 6 months for your face to recover movement after Bell's Palsy. Sometimes the recovery is not complete. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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After having Bell's palsy for a few months, my face has regained most movement but now have face tightening that hasn't gone away. Permanent?

After having Bell's palsy for a few months, my face has regained most movement but now have face tightening that hasn't gone away. Permanent?

Bell's palsy: No. Function will continue to improve for several more months. Corticosteroids and anti-viral medication are often prescribed at initial signs of weakness. Facial exercises, massaging the facial muscles and opening and closing the eye lid are helpful. Take extra care with oral hygiene as food can pool on the affected side. Eye drops to lubricate the eye and a wear a patch at night to protect it. ...Read more

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I have bell's palsy on the left side of my face but on that same side I have a lot of pain on that whole side what is going on and what should I do?

I have bell's palsy on the left side of my face but on that same side I have a lot of pain on that whole side what is going on and what should I do?

Cause!: What have yo been told the cause of the bell's palsy is from. Most common is a virus. You are taking Acyclovir and steroids, this appears as if it is from shingles (herpes zoster). If this is the case, your pain is most likely from that. Post herpetic neuralgia. Neurontin, gabapentin, or Lyrica (pregabalin) can help with this phn. ...Read more

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I still have headaches but my bell's palsy has gone away, my face is back to normal. I am sensitive to cold. I am taking tapomax but I am still gettin?

I still have headaches but my bell's palsy has gone away, my face is back to normal. I am sensitive to cold. I am taking tapomax but I am still gettin?

Topiramate: If you are taking topamax (topiramate) and still getting severe headaches you need to go back and see the doctor who prescribed this and be re-assessed. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is there a quick home remedy for bell's palsy face pain?

Is there a quick home remedy for bell's palsy face pain?

No: No quick remedies. See your ENT doc for best advice in terms of meds. Pain meds, steroids are often prescribed. ...Read more

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Facial paralysis/droopin/bell's palsy and dizziness when touching side of face?

Facial paralysis/droopin/bell's palsy and dizziness when touching side of face?

See a specialist: Should see a specialist as soon as possible. You need a full work-up including an MRI or ct scan to rule out tumor and identify if cranial nerves are being compressed inside the brain, inside the skull bone or outside. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if it's common with bells palsy for the affected side of your face and neck to ache?

Can you tell me if it's common with bells palsy for the affected side of your face and neck to ache?

Yes: The muscles are strained. But if it persists, and the Bell's is not improving with steroids, or time, I recommend an MRI. I've seen too many misdiagnosed Bells palsies in my practice. Best of luck ...Read more

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I had a tooth filled, then a few days later face became paralyzed on that side. Dr. Said bells palsy. What is that?

I had a tooth filled, then a few days later face became paralyzed on that side. Dr. Said bells palsy. What is that?

Injury to a nerve: Bell's palsy is due to an injury to the facial nerve which innervates the muscles of the face. In bell's palsy, the facial muscles lose their motor innervation and become paralyzed. This was probably due to an injury to the facial nerve when you received a novocaine injection. This paralysis will pass as the facial nerve heals. ...Read more

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What to do if my face has become asymmetrical and neck sniff when smiling, bell's palsy or synkinesis?

What to do if my face has become asymmetrical and neck sniff when smiling, bell's palsy or synkinesis?

See a neurologist: Bell's palsy, a peripheral facial paralysis. It usually results from edema due to an inflammatory process and compression of the swollen nerve inside the facial canal or stylomastoid foramen. Although the cause of the edema is undetermined, some researchers believe it is related to the herpes simplex virus. ...Read more

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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