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Doctor insights on: Facial Injuries And Disorders Bells Palsy

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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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Bells palsy on right side of my face, what to do?

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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Need expert opinions. How often is bells palsy a symptom of Lyme disease?

Need expert opinions. How often is bells palsy a symptom of Lyme disease?

Very rarely: Idiopathic (no cause known) bell's palsy is the presentation seen in the vast majority of patients presenting with bell's palsy. Bell's palsy caused by lyme disease is only a small fraction of all bell's palsy and should only be attributed to lyme disease in documented cases. People presenting with bell's palsy w/out other signs suggestive of lyme disease or endemic areas, aren't to be tested 4 it. ...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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I got bells palsy december 2013= i had a mri. My face is 90% recovered but i still get the terrible headaches. Is this normal? Can go on a plane?

I got bells palsy december 2013= i had a  mri. My face is 90% recovered but i still get the terrible headaches.  Is this normal? Can go on a plane?

What's tender?: Most headaches come from muscle and fascia in the head, neck, upper shoulders, and upper back. Regardless of the bells palsy. Touch and feel where you are tender when you have a headache. If there are tender spots in back of neck, head, upper shoulders, see massage or myofascial release. Learn about myofascial pain. Learn more: www.Blatmanhealthandwellness.Com winers' guide to pain relief, book. ...Read more

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I suffered bells palsy 3yrs ago on left face.Now its on my right.Does this have to do with my recent right wisdom tooth surgery?wil ds get permanent?

I suffered bells palsy 3yrs ago on left face.Now its on my right.Does this have to do with my recent right wisdom tooth surgery?wil ds get permanent?

7thcranial nerve: Its possibly from the a anesthetic injection in the area of the Seventh cranial nerve distribution- in which case it will resolve on its own. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with Bells palsy on right side of face 3 yrs ago and in the last 3 weeks my right eye has started to water is this due to the BP?

Diagnosed with Bells palsy on right side of face 3 yrs ago and in the last 3 weeks my right eye has started to water is this due to the BP?

May be: you need to see a doctor First is you BP is too high. Do you have any problem closing your eye,otherwise we your eye are watering, do you have symptoms similar to your old Bell's palsy See a doctor please and make sure you are having a stroke ...Read more

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4 yrs ago i was diagnosed with bells palsy on the right side of my face. Now the left side of my forehead above my left eye is twitching. Why?

4 yrs ago i was diagnosed with bells palsy on the right side of my face. Now the left side of my forehead above my left eye is twitching. Why?

Cause may be unknown: Twitching inside a facial muscle, which happens in normal people, is called myokymia (an involuntary, spontaneous, quivering of a few muscle cell bundles in a muscle). Myokymia starts and stops spontaneously. It can last a few minutes to a few days. One should see her primary care doctor, or an eye/ear/neurology doctor, if symptoms persist, keep recurring, or are combined with any other symptoms. ...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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Can pus be reason for facial pain? M suffering facial pain nostrills, nose bridge, eye brow, cheek. Please help.Can it bells palsy ? How to treat!

Can pus be reason for facial pain? M suffering facial pain nostrills, nose bridge, eye brow, cheek. Please help.Can it bells palsy ? How to treat!

Not Bells Palsy: Bells palsy is facial paralysis. Many causes of facial pain. Start with ENT or oral surgery exam/diagnosis. If TMJ, see TMJ expert. Any dentist can be a TMJ expert with the proper training and experience. Most commonly, oral surgeons, prosthodontists, and orofacial pain specialists. Ask your MD, your dentist and your dental society for referrals. ...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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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

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


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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