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How Long Does Bell's Palsy Last
...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
Multiple: Facial nerve pressure, viruses such as herpes simplex, cold sores, herpes zoster, epstein-barr, rubella, (german measles), mumps virus, tumors and strokes, are all thought to be possible causes. It can occur overnight and it can go away in a short or long period of time. Many people show signs of improvement within the first two weeks. ...Read more
3-6 weeks: The majority of people recover completely within 3-6 weeks; if you have absolutely no improvement a week into the disease, have unusual symptoms, or last beyond the 3-6 week time period, other diagnoses need to be considered. ...Read more
Dr. I had a bell's palsy last sept. And after a month I can move everything back as normal. I am just wondering why is it that everytime I do jogging, the affected area will be painful including my head and my ear as well. Is it normal? Thank u
Depends: The recovery time for bell's plasy varies greatly. Some level of recovery is possible in a few weeks. However, only about 1/4 of patients will completly recover. Almost 3/4 of patients will recover to "near normal." the time to recovery varies greatly by individual. ...Read more
Variable course: Bells palsy typically runs its course over 4-12 weeks. Keep in mind however that the condition can remain permanent. Usually the weakness in the face starts rapidly then slowly resolves based on the degree of inflammation within the nerve as well as whether or not intervention has occurred and how much damage was done to the nerve. The earlier recovery starts the better chance of full recovery. ...Read more
Not Bell's palsy: Bell's palsy is facial weakness or paralysis that has no definite cause and may be due to a viral infection. Facial palsy from forceps trauma is usually temporary since the nerve is bruised and not actually cut. This weakness can days days or months to recover depending on how badly the nerve was injured. Permanent weakness is rare. ...Read more
Something is not cle: There is no such thing as a lw form of bell's palsy. What results are you waiting for. Bell's palsy is a paralysis of the vii cranial nerve. It produces a droop of one side of the face. It is usually self limiting an improves but t times it does not improve. Your doctor might have prescribed some medication depending on what he or she thinks is the cause of the problem. ...Read more
Bell's palsy Rx: Usually you are prescribed steroid for between 5 and 10 days. ...Read more
Bells palsy is due to compression of the facial nerve in its narrow canal leaving the inside of the skull to the face. Depending upon the degree of swelling felt due to viral infection of the nerve, the recovery is variable. Prednisone can cut down the swelling and limit the damage, but Prednisone cannot get to a compressed nerve.
We usually give six months for best recovery. ...Read more
I'm 44 and for the last 6 Months my left cheek has been twitching almost continuously. I had bells palsy 2 years ago. Is this related?
If same side, might be consequence of re-innervation in area of prior facial nerve compromise. But your description could be consistent with hemifacial spasms or facial myokymia, and this needs to be distinguished, and appropriate tests and therapies accomplished.
Hope this helps. ...Read more
Should a woman that is 4-5 months pregnant and has bell's palsy (onset of symptoms within the last 12 hours) see a high risk ob dr.? Any medication?
With bell's palsy and steroids how long does it take for your eye to recover and be able to blink and close eye?
Weeks to months: It takes weeks to months to recover. If your eye is bothering you, see an ophthalmologist for help. ...Read more
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?
How do I keep incipient bell's palsy from getting worse? I've had BP 2 times before. I have same ear pain and headache that preceded last two episodes
I've had 5 bouts of bells palsy since 15 yr old. 08/2012 being the last. Could I have a pituitary tumor? I'm being treated for hypothyroidism
Last week I was diagnosed with Bell's palsy and am on antivirals. Today my lymph nodes under jaw are sore, all the way down back of my neck. Worry?
Sharp pain behind and around ear lobe resulted in bells palsy. Little red in ear canal. Pain lasting for long periods especially laying down. 5 days?
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