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Have Bell's palsy, one month so far but noticed my eye brow on side of paralysis is higher than the normal side of face. Is this common or normal?

Have Bell's palsy, one month so far but noticed my eye brow on side of paralysis is higher than the normal side of face. Is this common or normal?

Bell's palsy: Yes. The seventh cranial nerve controls movement of the facial muscles. Paralysis of the face can lead to an inability to close the eye. It is important to protect the eye at night with eye ointment and a patch to avoid injury. You should start to see recovery soon and continue over the next six months. ...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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Are there any exercises to work the muscles on one side of the face if you had bell's palsy?

Are there any exercises to work the muscles on one side of the face if you had bell's palsy?

Physical Therapy: Ask your doctor (pmd, neurologist) for a physical therapy prescription. You can try some one your own but I would recommend working with someone who can monitor your progress. I'm not advocating any specific sites, but there are some examples on the internet. ...Read more

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Can palsy (like facial palsy which can cause the muscles on one side of the face to go limp) be inherited?

Can palsy (like facial palsy which can cause the muscles on one side of the face to go limp) be inherited?

Yes but rare: Facial palsy or paralysis can be inherited but this is rare. There are a number of syndromes that include facial paralysis. If this is present in a newborn then careful evaluation should be done by a pediatric specialist. ...Read more

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If I had Bell’s Palsy once on one side of my face, how likely is it for me to get Bell’s Palsy again?

If I had Bell’s Palsy once on one side of my face, how likely is it for me to get Bell’s Palsy again?

Uncommon: Bell's palsy is rare to begin with. The chance of getting it a second time (on the same or the other side) is the same as it was the first time. You do not have a unique or higher susceptibility to get this condition even though you got it once. ...Read more

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After regaining my mobility on one side of my face after my first time having Bell's palsy, I realized that when I yawn, my eye sometimes forcefully closes. Is there anything I can do to resolve this? I had this for a while

After regaining my mobility on one side of my face after my first time having Bell's palsy, I realized that when I yawn, my eye sometimes forcefully closes. Is there anything I can do to resolve this? I had this for a while

BELLS: NOT SURE HOW LONG YOU HAVE IT BELLS BUT MOST PATIENTS RETURN TO BASE LINE AFTER 6 TO 12 MONTHS I HAVE SEEN SOME PATIENTS WITH PERMANENT DROOP, THERE HAS SOME THERAPIES LIKE MUSCLE STIM AND PHYSICAL THERAPY WHICH HAS HELPED SOME PATIENT BUT CHECK WITH YOUR PRIMARY CARE OR LOCAL NEUROLOGIST THEY MAY WANT TO CHECK YOUR BLOOD FOR DIABETES LYMES ETC ...Read more

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What can cause right side facial paralysis, right side lower head pains and a temperature?

What can cause right side facial paralysis, right side lower head pains and a temperature?

Possible infection: I would see a doctor right away. A dentist or ENT physician would be appropriate. The most common cause of head pain is a tooth problem. ...Read more

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Hi I have Facial paralysis in my right side of my face. My medicine program finished 2 days ago and have very pain in my right side for 2 days.

Hi I have Facial paralysis in my right side of my face. My medicine program finished 2 days ago and have very pain in my right side for 2 days.

Bell's Palsy: Hi. Was it a course of prednisone you just finished? Give it time. Some people with Bell's Palsy experience pain. If the pain persists, you should see a neurologist or a pain clinic. Good luck! ...Read more

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Facial paralysis/droopin/bell's palsy and dizziness when touching side of face?

Facial paralysis/droopin/bell's palsy and dizziness when touching side of face?

See a specialist: Should see a specialist as soon as possible. You need a full work-up including an MRI or ct scan to rule out tumor and identify if cranial nerves are being compressed inside the brain, inside the skull bone or outside. ...Read more

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Pinched nerve in the spine can cause temp face paralysis Bell Palsy? Started sleeping on right side and started moving left face. Inflammation? Chiro?

Pinched nerve in the spine can cause temp face paralysis Bell Palsy? Started sleeping on right side and started moving left face. Inflammation? Chiro?

Facial nerve: bells palsy is caused by compression or inflammation of the facial nerve. The nerve starts in the brain stem and exists skull away from the spine. In my opinion a cervical spine problem would be an unusual cause of Bell's palsy. Don't think cervical manipulation with a chiropractor would be very beneficial for this condition. ...Read more

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My bf was diag'd w shingles in his ear & ball palsy. He has partial face paralysis but now feels tingling on the other side; could it become paralzyed?

My bf was diag'd w shingles in his ear & ball palsy. He has partial face paralysis but now feels tingling on the other side; could it become paralzyed?

Bell's palsy: It would be most unusual to have shingles on both sides of the face simultaneously. I assume he is on antiviral medication and possibly also on corticosteroid medication like prednisone as well. He should notify the treating physician of this new symptom if it persists or worsens so that consultation with or reevaluation by the neurologist will be obtained. ...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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Can bell's palsy affect both sides of the face?

Rarely: Bells palsy his weakness of the facial muscles perhaps due to a viral infection in the facial nerve. It is rare for this to affect both sides of the face. Anyone who presents with new facial weakness should be thoroughly evaluated by either a facial surgeon or a neurologist. ...Read more

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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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Front of face got hit. Right side of face looks like Bell's palsy from irritated nerve. Will my face go back to normal?

BEll's Palsy: Front of face got hit. Right side of face looks like Bell's palsy from irritated nerve. Will my face go back to normal? ANS: Bell's is from paralyzed nerve not irritated. Would be unusual from being hit in front. So if you try to wrinkle your forehead does it do it? Can do video consult to help now. Here till 4 AM PCT. ...Read more

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Can bell's palsy affect both sides of the face and create problems with eating and swallowing?

Can bell's palsy affect both sides of the face and create problems with eating and swallowing?

Rarely: Bell's palsy can affect both sides of the face but that is rare. If someone has weakness or paralysis on both sides of the face then a complete evaluation, likely with and MRI or cat scan, should be done to rule out other causes of facial weakness. A neurologist, ENT specialist or a neurosurgeon can do this type of work up. ...Read more

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I have bell's palsy on the left side of my face but on that same side I have a lot of pain on that whole side what is going on and what should I do?

I have bell's palsy on the left side of my face but on that same side I have a lot of pain on that whole side what is going on and what should I do?

Cause!: What have yo been told the cause of the bell's palsy is from. Most common is a virus. You are taking Acyclovir and steroids, this appears as if it is from shingles (herpes zoster). If this is the case, your pain is most likely from that. Post herpetic neuralgia. Neurontin, gabapentin, or Lyrica (pregabalin) can help with this phn. ...Read more

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Why is my head twitching on the left side? Could it be from my bells palsy 7 years ago?

Bell's palsy...no: Is a temporary facial paralysis or weakness resulting from damage or trauma to the facial nerve (CN VII). This makes half of your face appear to droop. Your smile and frown is one-sided. ...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 have a burning sensation in the left side of my head and tingling sensation in left cheek. Also had Bell's palsy a couple years ago. Diagnosis?

I have a burning sensation in the left side of my head and tingling sensation in left cheek. Also had Bell's palsy a couple years ago. Diagnosis?

Shingles?: Keep an eye out for areas of redness and small blisters. If this starts to occur in the areas that you're having those sensations, you may be dealing with shingles. This can be a serious condition if it comes near your eye, so be sure to see your doctor immediately if it starts to happen. Good luck and get better soon! ...Read more

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I have anxiety I fear strokes n now that hubby has Bell's palsy I fear that n now I think left side face feels funny n kinda not right what's the chan

I have anxiety I fear strokes n now that hubby has Bell's palsy I fear that n now I think left side face feels funny n kinda not right what's the chan

Not contagious.: Your fears are irrational. That's a problem and should be treated. Get professional help and set yourself free. You worry about what might be wrong. Well, we have identified a real problem. Now, act on it and feel better. ...Read more

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Had bells palsy for 10 months. My head is buzzing &the left side ear/head has been painful from start. Going to nuerologist next week. Help welcome?

Perhaps a variant: Your description leads me to wonder if, in your case, the bell's palsy was due to "herpes zoster oticus" or ramsey-hunt syndrome. You may have possessed a tell-tail eruption if your doctor looked into your ear. Discuss with your neurologist, and decide upon an approach. ...Read more

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Recovering from Bell's Palsy, and my neuro suggested I increase my anxiety medication to help with my stress (very insecure about my face). What side effects can happen when transitioning from 10 mg of Lexapro to 20 mg? And how gradually should I?

Recovering from Bell's Palsy, and my neuro suggested I increase my anxiety medication to help with my stress (very insecure about my face). What side effects can happen when transitioning from 10 mg of Lexapro to 20 mg? And how gradually should I?

Couple impressions: First, regarding your Bell's palsy, the typically recovery rate is approx. 92.5%, so odds are with you. Secondly, the Lexapro (escitalopram) may take about 3-4 weeks to optimally benefit, and you may not need to go to 20 mg. Lastly, Lexapro (escitalopram) is an antidepressant, and anxiety may respond better to a specific agent in that category. Do you need a Concierge appt? ...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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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