Since I have been diagnosed for over a decade with MS, I am not quite sure whether I have Bells Palsy or not. There is no pain with what I experience. Looking at me head on, you can see my face, (eye, cheek, lip, etc.) drooping on one side. Even when I smile, one side of my mouth does not turn upwards, as it should.
It's been like this for years and to tell you the truth I have not discussed this with a doctor. I always thought that Bells' Palsy was something that could start without warning and could also reverse itself, like nothing ever happened. Since I am so uneducated about this ailment, I really don't know. In my case, I would guess that there is a nerve that is damaged somewhere, because mine has never improved.
I am not sure whether you could say that this could definitely have anything to do with MS. I know a couple of people that have it and have no other health problems. I have it and just by chance have MS also.
For your information: The television show The Doctors had some interesting information on Bells Palsy on today's episode...perhaps you will have an episode on later this evening and you can check it out. They explained that it can take up to a year for this to correct itself and sometimes plastic surgery is an option if your facial muscles don't come back completely. I have had Bells Palsy and like Care Bayer has stated it involves the peripheral nerves rather than the Central Nerves so it is unlikely that it would be related to MS. I hope that this has been of some assistance to you and welcome to our forum!
I was curious about this bells palsy being a beginning symptom of ms so I googled bells palsy and multiple sclerosis..
Some sites say it is connected with multiple sclerosis. There were no MRI machines back in 1979, but were available in 1986.I don;t believe you get it twice
It may have been a facial paralasis that the docs called bells. The fact that I had it twice
on the same side of the face and the second time had the .crooked mouth, double vision, and hearing loss within days of each symptom prompted me to go to a good neuro. I was then dx;ed with ms Many more things happened also. Be Well Linda
Wow, so strange that I just posted on this earlier today.
You can get Bell's more than once. When I had it it was not painful, just embarassing! Mine came on over night and resolved itself after about a month. That was 9 yrs ago and I never have really thought about it since until all this other tingly/twitchy stuff started.
I don't know if it is a precurser to MS or not i was diagnosed about 4 years ago and have been relatively symptom free until reciently, About a week ago i was diagnosed with having bells palsy and ever since i my MS symptoms have been getting worse and worse.
I went from showing very few physical signs to not being able to walk withing a week. It started with numbness in my left foot and slowly became numbness in my entire left leg then my lower right leg I have an appointment in a month with my Neurologist so hopefully he will have some insight.
I am curious too. I had BP in 1995 and was DX'd with MS in 2006, but had that weird numb tingly thing about a yr before DX. Still have a very slightly droopy eye. Now I'm getting that same weird twinge in the back of my neck... like my BP started. Hhhmmm.
Hi I have bells palsy.........coming July18th it will be one year since I was told I had it. My husbands grandmother who is a retired nurse told me that if u had chicken pox when ur where a kid u have virus that can cause many different things to happen to I was lucky to get this now......yes it is embrassring but I am not letting it stop me from holding my head up high. Thanks to my beloved husband and his family and some what of my family I have the support I need to keep me going..........there are days that I look in the mirror and can't recoinize my own reflection.........my sister calls me a monster and tells her friends how silly I look when I smile.....but through my research I have came to find out that we are not alone in this........a lot of the actors/actress have bells palsy as well some people are born with it so I am not afraid no more
I had Bells Palsy when I was a teenager. I have read and my doctors confirm it can be caused by Epstein Barr virus. Epstein Barr is suspected but not proved to be a possible cause for some to develop MS.
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