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how long does it take for bell palsy to leave?

i had it for about 2weeks now how long do i have i took the med's and it's king of a lil better the it was when i first got it but idk?

Bell's palsy is a paralysis of cranial nerve VII, which is the facial nerve. Bell’s palsy is idiopathic, which means that its cause is unknown. So, if your doctor finds a specific cause of your facial paralysis, you don't have Bell's palsy. The exact reasons why you may develop Bell's palsy aren't fully understood at present. However, it's thought that a viral infection that affects your facial nerve is the most likely cause. Herpes simplex - the virus responsible for cold sores - has been suggested as responsible for many cases. This virus may lie inactive (dormant) at the root of the facial nerve, causing swelling when it reactivates. Ramsay Hunt syndrome is a condition that is similar to Bell's palsy, but here the virus - Varicella zoster - a strain of the herpes virus that causes chicken pox - has been identified as the cause. Blisters in the ear are often found in Ramsay Hunt syndrome. Bell's palsy affects people in different ways and there is no way to predict how long you will have symptoms of the condition. If you start to see improvements within one week, you have a good chance of a full recovery within one or two weeks. If it takes longer before you start to see improvements in your symptoms, it may take longer before you're completely recovered. As you state that it appears to be improved a little, then you may be on the road to recovery. How long that will take is not possible to answer. Around one in five people will always have some symptoms. It has been shown that diabetics and pregnant women are more likely to develop Bell's palsy.


It is extremely important to obtain an accurate diagnosis before trying to find a cure. Many diseases and conditions share common symptoms.

The information provided here should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.

Hope this helps
matador 89  (+ info)

Is it ok to smoke weed after being diagnosed with Bell's Palsy?

I was diagnosed 2 days ago and I asked if smoking would give me any problems but, the doctor's didn't really answer me so, bad idea?
Yes, weed is bad for ya blah blah blah. Idc. I need it and if I can smoke it, I'm going to. And please, don't give me any speeches on how it's good for you. I'm not here to cause controversy. Just a yes or no.

All help appreciated! Thanks guys.

Having had Bells Palsy I am going to offer you an opinion....

I would have found it difficult to smoke at all because the muscles that work the mouth are effected...hence the sideways smile. ( I couldnt even pucker so smoking would not have been an option)

Another issue that I might foresee is that the mouth is not making saliva like it normally would so if you do smoke...whatever you choose...be sure to brush afterward and rinse well.

Third issue...when you smoke you use the muscles around the mouth of course. Since they are not working correctly other muscles will try to compensate for the lazy ones. This will train the working muscles to be stronger and more dominant. When the feeling comes back they will want to do the job of the lazy muscles and it makes it harder to look " normal" since the wrong muscles are trying to do the job.

I wrote a few articles on Bells Palsy. Since you are early in you might find them helpful. Message me if you would like to read them and I will send you the links. I would list them here but since this isnt covered in any of them I feel its wrong to list them.

Hope you feel better soon.

Blair  (+ info)


I had bell palsy for a year and have no money for treatment. I had what the free clinic gave me. I went to the hospital and they just refer-ed me to some high price doctor that don't take my 3year job insurance.. any help with this... if want to see a pic of my face let me know. it's clear up but my muscle don't move anymore. I MISS MY SMILE.

I had bells palsy several years ago and had about a 90 percent plus recovery. I urge you to find someone who will accept your insurance.

I have met others who were first diagnosed with this but after it did not go away they found out it was something more serious. One had lyme disease and the other MS.

There are some things you might try while looking for a doctor. Have you heard of B-12 therapy? This article will get you started but look further into it to see if its for you. However, I stress, please seek more medical help and maybe they can help you have a more confident smile.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/631345/alternative_and_holistic_treatments.html?cat=5  (+ info)

Can someone recommend something for Bell Palsy?

I have a friend who had Bell's Palsy.. Someone recommended acupuncture or facial massages... Are these recommended???

Dear I am suffering from the same, It attacked me 7 months back, Now by the grace of Allah I m 99% Ok i m feeling only a very small pain in the back of my right ear.

I would suggest your fried to be in warm / hot room, Dont go in cool weather even in windy weather, dont take bath if very necessary plz tak bath with very hot water and on that day dont go out of your room. Take B-12 capsules. I used 20 shots of Methocobal 500 Micro grams Injection and also 12 injection of Neurobion, It realy helpd me. Dont eather cold & sour things like Yougar, Pickle, Orange, Lamon, Ice cream , Cold water etc.
You will recover very soon. Praying for you.  (+ info)

How long will my Bell's Palsy last?

The begining of the week I had the most awful pain in the back of my head near my left ear. Then on Monday night my face started to go funny and the first thing that went through my mind was I have had a stroke, which I later found out it's Bell's Palsy. My face has got worse I can not close my eye so I tape it together at night and I can not smile right. has anyone else had experiences with this if so how long should I expect to be this way?

It may take a few weeks to several months for your Bell's palsy to get better. Most people have no long-lasting symptoms of Bell's palsy once it gets better. Some people may recover and then have Bell's palsy again months or years later. Some people may have life-long problems.  (+ info)

Is there any chance of Bell's Palsy going away at the age of 45?

Will it go away. If so how long will it take?

full history needed  (+ info)

i have Bell's Palsy and i am having bumps and pains in my ear why and where does it come from?

i need as much information as i can get about this disorder? I had shingles when i was 21 and chickenpox when i was 7. would this be an onset of those?

make sure you dont have an inner ear infection my wife had bells palsy with similar symptoms and was told if she had got antibiotics within 24 hrs she would not have gone deaf in one ear, see your doctor its important!.  (+ info)

What caused my relapse of Bell's Palsy?

I am 16 and had bell's palsy due to a minor stroke.
I heard that by causing stress to the nerves you can have a reoccurring of this.My mother was a very violent and physical punisher. I did have a relapse and I want to know if by when she would hit me and punch me in my face,whether or not it could have been the cause for the relapse. A good weblink stating it can would help in court : )

I have had Bells Palsy

Many things can cause it but a trauma or injury to the facial nerve is one cause. This nerve is located behind the ear.

Other causes have been linked to diabetes. It occurs many times in individuals who have recently suffered with the flu or some viral type of infection such as a cold.

Recent research suggests that there is a connection between Bells Palsy and a type of the herpes virus.

This quote is from the website I have listed and it lists physical trauma:

"The triggers for reactivation of the virus prior to the onset of Bell's palsy have not been proven conclusively. Impaired immunity, whether temporary (stress, lack of sleep, minor illness, physical trauma, upper respiratory infection, etc.) or long-term (autoimmune syndromes, chronic disease, etc.) are strongly targeted as the most likely triggers"

http://www.bellspalsy.ws/cause.htm  (+ info)

Bell's Palsy? Whats better than tape to close my eye for sleep?

I cant deal with the tape. My eyeball must be spring loaded because it just pops open under the tape.
Ive seen people mention an eye patch online, but that it can be a problem with rubbing against an open eye and irritating or damaging it. Isnt there anything that someone has come up with to keep your eye closed???

What a freaking obnoxious affliction.

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Bell's Palsy, twitching when touching side of face..?

I was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy at the beginning of this year. The left side of my face went completely numb. I regained movement in my face but it remains tingly. I noticed last week that if I touch the side of my face by my ear and on certain parts it triggers twitching on certain other areas of my face, like on my eye and lips. Is this normal?


involuntary movement associated with a voluntary movement

http://health.lifestyle.yahoo.ca/condition_info_details.asp?disease_id=19  (+ info)

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