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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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Is getting sharp pains on the right side of my head over getting mad n my jaw getting stuck a sign of facial paralysis or stroke? Also my eye twitches

Is getting sharp pains on the right side of my head over getting mad n my jaw getting stuck a sign of facial paralysis or stroke? Also my eye twitches

Muscle tension: You are more likely clenching your teeth tightly and and causing the symptoms you describe. If these do not resolve fairly quickly or you develop weakness prompt physician evaluation is necessary. ...Read more

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Went to ER 12/25 w/ left ear/jaw pain & left side facial paralysis. Dx Bell's Palsy. Rx prednisone, acyclovir. Tips for recovery? Anything to avoid?

Went to ER 12/25 w/ left ear/jaw pain & left side facial paralysis. Dx Bell's Palsy. Rx prednisone, acyclovir. Tips for recovery? Anything to avoid?

ForWhomTheBellTolls: First, remember,most people get better,usually within a few weeks.Only a small number may have residual problems (weakness or twitches,etc).The milder the initial symptoms,the better the outcome.Tell your doctor if you've been bitten by a tick last summer. Make sure your eye is protected from irritation(wind, sun, while sleeping);use an eye patch if necessary. There's lots more, check the internet ...Read more

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Having severe pain under left ear and down the jaw. Also have partial facial paralysis, can't raise left eyebrow, can't close left eye independent of right eye, while eating or talking left side of mouth does not open fully nor raise up while smiling. Pre

Having severe pain under left ear and down the jaw. Also have partial facial paralysis, can't raise left eyebrow, can't close left eye independent of right eye, while eating or talking left side of mouth does not open fully nor raise up while smiling. Pre

See MD immediately: What you describe could be an entity called Bell's Palsy. If a rash were to appear in the same area this could be Shingles. Shingles can occur without a rash but Bell's Palsy is more likely. Usually the symptoms of Bell's Palsy fully resolve completely but not always. You should see an MD immediately and start treatment. Use artificial tears to protect your eye. Close eye and patch when you sleep. ...Read more

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During jaw surgery the surgeon said the "hook" used stretched facial nerves. I now have Bell's Palsy on right side. Is healing impossible or hard?

During jaw surgery the surgeon said the "hook" used stretched facial nerves. I now have Bell's Palsy on right side. Is healing impossible or hard?

Should be ok: Usually return of facial nerve function within a few months. Follow surgeon instructions. Oral surgeon may ask for ENT doc opinion about facial nerve injury. ...Read more

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Is't curable double elevator palsy congenital ptosis with margus gun jaw winking ?..

Is't curable double elevator palsy congenital ptosis with margus gun jaw winking ?..

Surgery : Double elevator palsy, old term for monocular elevation deficiency: inability to elevate one eye resulting in one eye pointed down. 25% with monocular elevation deficiency and congenital ptosis have marcus gunn jaw-winking: mis-wired cranial nerve controls chewing or sucking is wired to the elevators of the eyelid causing a "wink" when chewing or sucking. Treat with surgery. Exercises useless. ...Read more

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Can swollen glands in neck n under jaw cause Bell's palsy ?

Can swollen glands in neck n under jaw cause Bell's palsy ?

Not per se: It is not the swollen glands that cause Bells palsy but the infection that may be causing enlarged glands. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I have bell's palsy (8 days so far) after an ear infection (43, female). 2 days ago i started getting extreme pain in jaw, ear, neck. Should i worry?

I have bell's palsy (8 days so far) after an ear infection (43, female). 2 days ago i started getting extreme pain in jaw, ear, neck. Should i worry?

Not Bell's Palsy: You do not have bell's palsy. You have herpes oticus. The treatment of antiherpetic and steroid is appropriate. Pain medication is often needed and should be prescribed if over-the-counter pain medications are not working. The viral eradication should occur within 2 weeks but the loss of nerve function can take longer, sometimes months. Work with your doctor on this. ...Read more

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I have bells palsy or maybe herpes oticus. Had this severe pain around ear, just noticed under my ear & below my jaw is swollen. Should i be alarmed?

I have bells palsy or maybe herpes oticus. Had this severe pain around ear, just noticed under my ear & below my jaw is swollen. Should i be alarmed?

Pain is alarming: Severe pain is always alarming. Bell's palsy should not give severe pain or swelling. See your doctor who may refer you to a specialist to see what the problem is. ...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