Bell's Palsy

Definition of Bell's Palsy:

Facial paralysis of sudden onset and unknown cause normally affecting one side of the face and lasting from weeks to years.  The mechanism is presumed to involve swelling of the nerve due to immune or viral disease, with ischemia and compression of the facial nerve in the narrow confines of its course through the temporal bone.

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Bell's Palsy

...the condition
Bell's Palsy (BP) is the most common cause of facial paralysis worldwide...”
...relationship to Stroke
“A facial paralysis that has resulted from a stroke is sometimes misdiagnosed as Bell's palsy.”
...relationship to Lyme Disease
Bell's Palsy has been known to be both an early and late symptom of Lyme Disease.”
...relationship to Herpes Simplex Type I
“The cause of Bell's palsy is not clear, but most cases are thought to be caused by the herpes virus that causes cold sores.”
...recommendation Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
“74 consecutive Bell's palsy patients were treated with niacin at a dose of 100-250mg with "excellent results" noted in all patients within 2 to 4 weeks...”
...recommendation Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)
“Methylcobalamin, a form of vitamin B12, was compared with steroids in a trial involving 60 patients with Bell's palsy.  The shortest time required for complete recovery of facial nerve function occurred in the group receiving Methylcobalamin alone...”
...recommendation MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)
“MSM, an organic form of sulfur, is reported to be of benefit in reducing pain associated with Bell's Palsy.”
...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“...The "window of opportunity" for starting these medications is thought to be 7 days from the onset of Bell's palsy.”
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...the condition
“...Possible complications include ... Neurological complications (rare) – seizures, ataxia, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Bell's palsy...”

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine) a treatment
“...When vitamin B12 is being used for its pharmacological effects, as in the treatment of fatigue, Bell's palsy, diabetic neuropathy, subdeltoid bursitis, or asthma, intramuscular injections appear to be preferable to oral administration...”
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