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Over The Counter Treatment For Bells 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
Was diagnosed w/ bells palsy after 7days got this excruciatingly painful headache & pain behind my ear & jaw. Is this normal? Is there any treatment?
Bells palsy: Supportive care, keep the eye on the affected side well lubricated with artificial tears during daytime and with eye ointment at night. Protect the eye at night with eye patch and gauze to prevent accidental cornea laceration and dryness. The use of Acyclovir is safe in 2nd and 3rd trimester. Prednisone is a category d in pregnancy, should discuss with physician before using this medication. ...Read more
How can one cure a bells palsy headache affecting right side of head just above the neck on the affected side?
I was diagnose with bells palsy 3 days ago my doctor told me it was a little bit t late to get treated but I don't understand mine medicine is only20mg?
Bells Palsy: Bells palsy is only a diagnosis of exclusion, not a primary diagnosis especially if its the first time happening. 3 days is still early enough to begin treatment if other pathologies are sufficiently excluded to make idiopathic facial Nerve inflammation and compression the likely diagnosis. The starting Prednisone dose should be at least 60 mg for 3 days followed by taper to be effective. See ENT. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
Yes: The famous c miller fisher described facial paresis with ataxia and areflexia as a variant of guillain barre. This fisher variant is rare but well known. ...Read more
It's ok for me to get hair extensions wail I still have bells palsy? I still have headaches... It's been 2 weeks sense I have been diagnosed.
Should be ok..: Sorry to hear of your trouble with bells' palsy. Fortunately, most cases of this illness resolves completely in 2-3 months. It should be ok for you to get hair extension as this should not influence the healing status of you bells' palsy. Motrin/tylenol/excedrine may help with your headache. Follow-up with your doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Bells palsy since february 24. It has got somewhat better but have been getting tinnitus on on occasions lasting for a few days. Reason please?
Need an exam: Bell's palsy is a viral infection involving the facial nerve. If one examines the surrounding nerves closely the infection will also have subtle effects on these nerves as well. Tinnitus can be caused by injury to the nerve to the ear which is beside the facial nerve. If you have not had an evaluation you should have an MRI scan of the area as well as an audiogram and see an ent. ...Read more
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
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
Bell's palsy: The course of Bell's palsy may be self-limiting with no residual damage, but because of the potential for irreversible injury to the facial nerve and related musculature, early treatment is recommended. Primary medications for management are prednisone and antivirals such as acyclovir and famciclovir. ...Read more