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Bell's Palsy is the paralysis of the facial nerve, called the seventh cranial nerve. An injury to the head or neck may lead to inflammation and swelling of the seventh cranial nerve — which may inhibit, damage, or kill the nerve. Bell's Palsy is usually a temporary paralysis; but if the nerve is killed, there is the possibility for some permanent damage.
The facial nerve has 6,000-7,000 nerve fibers that conduct electrical signals from the brain to the facial muscles, controlling contraction. Nerves have the capability to regenerate. If the facial nerve dies, the problem with regeneration is that there is no mechanism that reconnects the nerve fibers to the same muscle. The nerve fibers may actually implant into the wrong muscles of the face. This is referred to as synkinesis.
With synkinesis, the brain will send a signal for a muscle to contract, but since the nerve fiber is connected to a different part of the face the wrong part will respond. So, if the eye was suppose to close, you may have the eyebrow raise instead. This may sound insignificant or even humorous, but in reality it is frustrating, debilitating, and dangerous (in the example, the eye could suffer damage because it did not get protection from the eyelid).
Bell's Palsy Symptoms
There are many symptoms of Bell's Palsy. Very few cases exhibit all of the symptoms.
- Eye-related symptoms: cannot close eye completely, drooping eyelid, excessive tears, inability to produce tears, tears fail to coat and protect cornea, sensitivity to light
- Mouth-related symptoms: drooping of one side of the mouth, drooling, sense of taste impaired or lost, difficulty eating, drinking and swallowing, difficulty speaking, asymmetrical smile
- Ear-related symptoms: sensitivity to sound, pain in / near ear, balance problems
- Nasal-related symptoms: nose either constantly runny or stuffy, sinus problems
- General symptoms: forehead wrinkles disappear, muscle weakness or paralysis, overall droopy appearance, facial swelling, headaches, neck pains, memory problems, facial spasms
There is controversy in how to treat Bell's Palsy. With incomplete paralysis, treatment is usually unnecessary because spontaneous recovery is common. When the paralysis is more severe, anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and therapy are prescribed.
Minnesota Bell's Palsy Attorney
Any impairment to the face is very difficult, stressful, and can affect one's self-esteem and lead to issues with socialization and depression. If this impairment was due to negligence, legal representation could improve the possibility of fair compensation. Call 612-TSR-TIME or submit our free consultation form. Our partners have years of experience handling complex medical cases.
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