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Doctor insights on: Palsy Affect Face Problems Eating Swallowing

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Can bell's palsy cause problems with eating/swallowing?

Can bell's palsy cause problems with eating/swallowing?

No: If you have problems with eating or swallowing, then another diagnosis needs to be considered. The facial nerve (which bell's palsy is a paralysis of) does not innervate the areas involved with eating or swallowing. ...Read more

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 7th nerve palsy affect speech & cause high frequency hearing loss? Have had problems entire life. No droop, just no ability to do some things

Can 7th nerve palsy affect speech & cause high frequency hearing loss?  Have had problems entire life.  No droop, just no ability to do some things

Not usually: There are 5 branches to the seventh cranial nerve. None of these will affect hearing. Congenital speech and hearing loss is usally caused by other factors. You can see a neurologist to help you answer this question. ...Read more

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What causes difficulty swallowing and voice problems?

Maybe vocal cords: This is a broad question but the vocal cords would be the first thing i would look at. If one has vocal cord (vc) paralysis or a vc lesion, this can cause hoarseness. With vc paralysis, swallowing may be difficult due to choking or loss of sensation in the larynx. A vc lesion may give a sense of difficult swallowing as well. An ENT can look at your larynx and proceed w/ the next step. ...Read more

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Dad(52yrs)diagnosed w/cerebral vermian atrophy. Symptoms:uncoordinated movements, speech, swallowing difficulty(at times). Non-drinker. Is there a cure

Dad(52yrs)diagnosed w/cerebral vermian atrophy. Symptoms:uncoordinated movements, speech, swallowing difficulty(at times). Non-drinker. Is there a cure

Search for cause: The term "cerebral atrophy" is generic and does not explain why your dad is impaired. You truly need to have a full neurological evaluation, as the symptoms do raise concerns regarding many potential problems. Some of these issues could be associated with vitamin deficiencies, some from an inflammatory condition. Even might be due to a prion infection. Need to vigorously pursue. ...Read more

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I have a neurological condition no diagnoises symptoms r severe balance gait coordination problems, slow movement and speach affected ..Any ideas?

I have a neurological condition no diagnoises symptoms r severe balance gait coordination problems, slow movement and speach affected ..Any ideas?

Cerebellum: Parkinsonism, which means any combination of slowness, rigity, tremor and postural instability, would not cause coordination problems. Spinocerebellar ataxias, which are often but not always familial, can also cause some of the symptoms you named. Any problem in the cerebellum or brainstem, due to stroke or tumor for example, can cause these symptoms. Multiple sclerosis a possibility too. ...Read more

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Can excessive belching cause throat damage? Can't gargle, difficulty swallowing at times, choking, neck pain on both sides, acid reflux problems.

Can excessive belching cause throat damage? Can't gargle, difficulty swallowing at times, choking, neck pain on both sides, acid reflux problems.

Belching: The excessive belching is caused by some underlying condition, such as your reflux disease. The belching itself is more a symptom than the cause you need to get treated. Seek help form a GI dr. Who specializes in this area. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How can mouth breathing affect face structure?

How can mouth breathing affect face structure?

Good question!: Breathing through the mouth during growth and development affects facial structure in several ways. First of all, if you can't breathe through your nose, mouth-breathing is the result. Nasal breathing, with the mouth closed, is the norm. Mouth-breathing leads to vertical growth of the face, with downward growth and a very narrow width of the upper jaw, and development of an anterior open bite. ...Read more

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Does eating a lot of tablets cause neurological problem?

Does eating a lot of tablets cause neurological problem?

What kind: You do not reveal what the tablets contain. Be a bit more transparent, and we may be able to answer. ...Read more

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Does geodon (ziprasidone) have a permanent affect on brain chem after stopped? Over the year, jaw, sleep, muscle, neck, anxiety, breathing all negatively affected

Does geodon (ziprasidone) have a permanent affect on brain chem after stopped? Over the year, jaw, sleep, muscle, neck, anxiety, breathing all negatively affected

Side effects: Geodon, ziprasidone, is a member of the "atypical neuroleptics", which does carry a low risk of movement disorder. There are too few data to assess the possible interaction with hydroquinone, which you also take. Usually, once Geodon is stopped, all side effects slowly resolve, although rarely it can take over a year & additional meds to help this process. Please see an md to help you address this. ...Read more

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Does sallowing saliva difficulty cause by nerve malfunction?I have right back head pain along with neck with swallowing problem.Also belching problem.

Does sallowing saliva difficulty cause by nerve malfunction?I have right back head pain along with neck with swallowing problem.Also belching problem.

Dysphagia types: "transfer dysphagia" is a problem moving food/saliva from your mouth to the top of the esophagus; "transit dysphagia" is a problem transiting the food down the esophagus. Motility studies (modified barium swallow with speech therapist; esophageal manometry) may be helpful in identifying the point of pathology, if present. Sometimes, just esophageal spasms can make swallowing feel problematic. ...Read more

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Can swallowing difficulties or weakness of oral/throat muscles interfere with your voice?

Can swallowing difficulties or weakness of oral/throat muscles interfere with your voice?

Yes: The muscles and nerves of the throat and voice box are related. If you have persistent hoarseness or dysphagia (trouble swallowing) i recommend evaluation by your local ent. ...Read more

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Shakiness, memory and concentration problems, balance problems, difficulty speaking.What is happening to me?

Shakiness, memory and concentration problems, balance problems, difficulty speaking.What is happening to me?

Endocrine: Very difficult to answer. Definitely recommend seeing your doctor. Question about diabetes, thyroid as well as other endocrine issues need to be investigated. ...Read more

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Severe weakness, fatigue, muscle pain, migraines, can't eat, flu symptoms, infections in nose and mouth, digestive problems, vomiting. Any suggestions?

Severe weakness, fatigue, muscle pain, migraines, can't eat, flu symptoms, infections in nose and mouth, digestive problems, vomiting. Any suggestions?

Yes: Please repost with the results of any workup your doctor has done and/or what (s)he thinks about what your problem is. If you haven't seen a doctor about it, then please explain why you haven't. ...Read more

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Can nervous pressing tongue against teeth and roof of mouth cause sudden speech problems, like lisp or troubles with some consonants like c, s or z?

Can nervous pressing tongue against teeth and roof of mouth cause sudden speech problems, like lisp or troubles with some  consonants like c, s or z?

No: since this would NOT occur with speaking.....speech problems are INVOLUNTARY what you describe is VOLUNTARY! Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Can carrying a toddler too much on one side cause shoulder/arm pain/tingling + breathing issues from poor posture?

Can carrying a toddler too much on one side cause shoulder/arm pain/tingling + breathing issues from poor posture?

Yes/No: While excessive strain on one side by lifting and/or carrying heavy weight improperly can cause pain in shoulder and arm, and even possibly put some strain on nerves causing the tingling, it should not cause breathing issues. Might be worthwhile to have doc refer you for a couple of physical therapy sessions to learn some at home back exercises and proper carrying of heavy objects before permanent ...Read more

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Can sleep disorders cause cognitive impairment, flat affect and memory problems?

Can sleep disorders cause cognitive impairment, flat affect and memory problems?

Absolutely: Contact your pcp for referral for a sleep study, or polysomnogram. There are many possible causes of sleep fragmentation, and a disruption in the amount of any state of sleep can cause memory, concentration and mood disruption. In my practice, we deal primarily with obstructive sleep apnea. The patients report your symptoms and fatigue; the bed partners also suffer (from the noise!). Get checked! ...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