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Facial Exercises For Bell's Palsy
...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
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
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
I have bells palsy in the left side of face and when feeling returns I feel pain. Is this normal?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Can you tell me if it's common with bells palsy for the affected side of your face and neck to ache?
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
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