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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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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 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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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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I have had bells palsy for 7 yrs is there anything I can do to make it better or go away? I tried massage, electric stim, reiki

I have had bells palsy for 7 yrs is there anything I can do to make it better or go away? I tried massage, electric stim, reiki

I: I am sorry to hear that your bell's palsy did not improve. Most run of the mill bell's palsies start to improve about three or four weeks after the weakness is maximum. A small percentage does not regain function. Unfortunately after seven years, it is unlikely that you will have return of function. There are some neurosurgical procedure that involve nerve grafts and some cosmetic procedures that can give your face more symmetry (and also protect your eye). I trust that your doctor has assured himself that you haven't developed a neuroma on the nerve. Facial nerve neuromas are not that common but can be a cause of permanent facial weakness. Reiki will not help. Good luck to you. ...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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How long could bells palsy last?

How long could bells palsy last?

Bell's Palsy: Bell's palsy is a condition which affects the nerve that controls the muscles of the face, mouth and eyelids. It usually only affects one side and often resolves in weeks. Some people have more chronic problems with facial muscle weakness. ...Read more

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Do you have information about bells palsy?

See an ENT: Bell's palsy is a diagnosis of exclusion - meaning that diagnosis is only given when the precise cause of facial paralysis cannot be definitively given. You should see a doctor familiar with all causes. Fortunately most are of viral origin and self limited with full to near full recovery expected. However rarer causes like benign tumors, stroke, lyme disease etc etc must be ruled out. See an ent. ...Read more

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Please help! What is the difference betweeen bells palsy and ramseys hunt syndrome?

Herpes: Herpes oticus, also called ramsay hunt syndrome (an old term), is a infection of the facial nerve by the chicken pox virus, herpes zoster. It is painful. Bell's palsy is a dysfunction of the facial nerve of unknown cause. There is typically no pain with a bell's palsy. ...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

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What should I do if my baby has bells palsy?

What should I do if my baby has bells palsy?

See your doctor: Bells palsy is usually caused by a virus witch affects the nerve for facial muscles, but there can be other causes. Most bells palsy cases resolve on their own. It is very important to see your pediatircian to follow this and if necessary intervene. ...Read more

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How to know if partial stroke or bells palsy?

How to know if partial stroke or bells palsy?

Why r u asking?: Are you trying to figure this out yourself? I could explain it, but without background knowledge you probably still wouldn't understand it. If this is an academic question, some searching on the web should turn up an adequate explanation. If this is about you or someone you know, you really should let a neurologist diagnose and then explain how he could tell. Much more informative that way. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between bells palsy and tmj?

Is there any connection between bells palsy and tmj?

None: Bell's palsy is paralysis of the facial nerve. In no way related to TMJ. However, I have see patients with malignancy of the parotid gland who were misdiagnosed as "TMJ? " develop facial paralysis because the cancer invaded the facial nerve. Be careful if you have both symptoms. ...Read more

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Bells palsy differential diagnosis, what does this mean?

Bells palsy differential diagnosis, what does this mean?

Facial weakness: Your symptoms can be caused by problems with the facial nerve or the parts of the brain that control that side of the face. The differential diagnosis is the collection of conditions that can do this (nerve inflammation, tumor, stroke, infection etc). ...Read more

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Can there be a connection between gulf war syndrome and bells palsy?

Can there be a connection between gulf war syndrome and bells palsy?

Gulf War Syndrome: Although there are a series of neurological conditions and symptoms that have been found to occur at a higher rate in some individuals who served in Desert Storm/ Shield - I have not seen any correlation that is specifically with Bell's Palsy. REF: https://www. Bu.edu/sph/2016/01/25/toxic-exposures-caused-illness-in-gulf-war-veterans/ ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with bells palsy, singles, MS do they have any relation?

I've been diagnosed with bells palsy, singles, MS do they have any relation?

Yes, they can: BP can happen to anyone, but it is more often a result of a recent viral infection like shingles. Those facial nerves that are working badly can also be damaged by the ms process. Best wishes for getting through this - it must be a challenge. ...Read more

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Have you ever had a patient with bells palsy and what do you think about them?

Yes: Depending on what is causing the bells palsy, I would hope to help them recover. Most people who have bell's palsy recover completely, without treatment, in 1 to 2 months. Few have permanent muscle weakness. Bells palsy should not effect emergency dental work if you were wondering about that also. ...Read more

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Is working out restricted if I have bells palsy? Anyother do's/donts? How about accupuncture? Thanks in advance

Is working out restricted if I have bells palsy? Anyother do's/donts? How about accupuncture? Thanks in advance

Not a problem: Mr. Sallone has half of his face paralyzed from birth from an obstetrical mishap. Whatever you're having acupuncture for, I hope it helps. Glad you're doing fitness. Keep it up. ...Read more

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Bells palsy resolving, should I still get mri?

Bells palsy resolving, should I still get mri?

Might not need it: Followup on bell's palsy is usually clinical, unless your first MRI demonstrated some type of abnormal lesion that your doctor wishes to follow up on... ...Read more

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How would you suggest that I get rid of bells palsy?

Paliatively: Most people recover completely, without treatment in 1 to 2 months. Especially true if you can still partly move your facial muscles. Some people may have permanent muscle weakness or other problems on the affected side of the face but it is rare. Treatment with corticosteroids is common which helps lower long term side effects. Also if it is caused by a virus, Acyclovir is helpful. ...Read more

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Is it true that bells palsy is genetic / hereditary?

Is it true that bells palsy is genetic / hereditary?

Not likely: It is not likely that bell's palsy is genetic or inherited. ...Read more

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Can the shingles vacine prevent bells palsy?

No: The varicella vaccine can prevent chicken pox/shingles infection, but is not a deterrent for bell's palsy. ...Read more

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What is bells palsy?

Facial nerve paralys: Bell's palsy is a viral infection that causes the facial nerve to no longer function. It can lead to weakness or paralysis of one side of the face. If treated early with high-dose steroids the paralysis does not last as long and the damage is not as permanent. An evaluation is important because you have to make sure other problems are not causing the paralysis. ...Read more

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Can bells palsy be cured?

Can bells palsy be cured?

Usually improved: Bell's palsy is presumptively damage to the seventh facial nerve which affects the motion of the forehead, eyelids, cheek and mouth. Depending upon the damage to the nerve, improvement generally occurs. A few will have some dysfunction and less commonly little function. There is no true "cure" and there is doubt about the effect of medication. Time will tell in each case. ...Read more

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Can bells palsy reaccure?

Yes, but...: Bell's palsy is known as idiopathic facial paralysis. By definition, that means we don't know what caused it. All other causes of facial paralysis should be investigated first. Brain tumors, strokes, and a syndrome called melkersson- rosenthal syndrome should be evaluated for. ...Read more

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I suffer bells palsy in winter?

If repetitive,: Might be very different from the typical one-time bell's palsy, and could conceivably be related to underlying sarcoidosis, or even a neuroma which kicks up periodically. An immune nerve disorder cidp may cause bilateral facial weakness. Perhaps a neurologist ought to evaluate this. ...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

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


Dr. William Singer
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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