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Arm weakness after bells palsy

I have left arm weakness (along with my pinky and ring finger) and a sore on my hard pallet.  The left arm weekness has been happening  since I had bells palsy last october.  I am 39 and healthy.  I had a contrast mri which was clear.  Blood tests came out neg. for Lyme and Lupus.  What can be causing my arm weekness?
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Bell's palsy does not involve the arm and from what I can see, a sore on the hard pallet of your mouth would not be a typical symptom either.  My grandma suffered from Bell's palsy, but thankfully, with God's help and regular massage, her smile came back!  I am wondering if you were correctly diagnosed with the Bell's palsy, since you say this left arm weakness has been happening since the same time.

  When they did the contrast MRI, did they do the MRA/MRV type of MRI, looking specifically at blood vessels in your brain?  Have they checked your heart?  

You might also want to think about your elbow and whether you might have an impinged upon nerve.  Once, when I was having a tingling pinky, a physical therapist asked me if I'd been leaning on my elbow a lot.  I didn't think so, but later realized I WAS leaning on the computer chair arm a lot on that left side.

Regarding the sore on your hard pallet- have you seen a dentist about this to get a proper diagnosis about it?  Have you tried holding plain yogurt against it with a spoon for five minutes a couple times a day to see if that might help it?
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Hi there. Any facial nerve problems or bell’s palsy can cause a person to have weakness in the arm. Other symptoms are facial weakness and droop to one side, trouble tasting foods and dry eyes. Physical therapy along with neuromuscular retraining helps a person with Bell ’s palsy.Strokes, diabetic nerve damage, multiple sclerosis, endocrine disorder like  Addison’s disease, ALS, etc are other serious causes of arm weakness. Guilaain barre syndrome also needs to be excluded. Consult a neurologist and take care.

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Mayo Clinic doesn't list arm weakness as a symptom of Bell's palsy.  Can you tell me your source of that information?
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