Patient discussion about Bell

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Q. What Is Bell's Palsy?

A friend of mine has been told she has Bell's palsy. What happens in this disease?
A1Bell's palsy is defined as an idiopathic (from an unknown reason) unilateral facial nerve paralysis, usually self-limiting. The trademark is rapid onset of partial or complete palsy, usually in a single day.
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http://www.5min.com/Video/What-is-Bells-Palsy-5500
A2Bell's palsy is a paralysis of the facial nerve resulting in inability to control facial muscles on the affected side. Several conditions can cause a facial paralysis (brain tumor, stroke, Lyme disease),however, if no specific cause can be identified, the condition is known as Bell's Palsy. Bell's palsy is the most common acute mononeuropathy (disease involving only one nerve), and is the most common cause of acute facial nerve paralysis.

Q. What are the causes of bell's palsy?

A1I had it 5 years ago at age 20. All the symptoms of the above are correct not to mention the tiredness and rapid blinking of the eye from the effected side.

In my case I have just found out that I have a non milignate tumor behind my left eye which was likely to be the cause of the Bell Pausy in the first place. I encourage anyone who has symptoms or pain spanning more than 8 weeks to see their doctor and if possible request request or demand a MRI scan for peace of mind.

If pain persists get a second opinion and dont let the Dr. shrugg you off.
A2Several conditions can cause a facial paralysis (Bell's palsy, e.g., brain tumor, stroke, and Lyme disease. However, if no specific cause can be identified- they call it idiopathic.
A3The onset of Bell's palsy usually is sudden. Many people wake up in the morning and find that one side of their face is paralyzed. Patients often fear that they have suffered a stroke, but Bell's palsy is not related to stroke. Milder symptoms include tingling around the lips or a dry eye, and usually progress quickly, reaching maximum severity in 48 hours or less. Viral infections such as herpes simplex, herpes zoster (shingles), chickenpox, mumps, mononucleosis (mono), or HIV, and bacterial infections such as Lyme disease or tuberculosis can cause inflammation and swelling of the facial nerve leading to Bell's palsy. A brainstem tumor, skull fracture, or neurological condition caused by chronic disease (e.g., diabetes, Guillain-Barre syndrome) can also lead to Bell's palsy. For the full article: http://www.neurologychannel.com/bellspalsy/index.shtml
This may also help:
http://www.bellspalsy.ws/printcause.htm
Hope this helps.



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