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I have Bell’s Palsy: Part 3, Video Summary and Bell’s Phenomenon/Reflex

December 13, 2010

With Bell’s palsy, there are a lot of factors involved in prognostication. Certain features – like severity of appearance at rest, degree of “flicker” in remaining muscles, whether the patient can salivate or not, whether it gets worse in the first 72 hrs, etc – are correlated with how likely full recovery will come and how quickly it may occur.

I’m trying to be positive. I’ve got some bad prognostic signs but the fact that my face doesn’t look too weird at rest is a good thing. I tried making a video – the frame rate is  terrible but maybe it gives you an idea? Doesn’t look as severe as you probably expect – and that’s a good thing! At least you’ll see Bell’s Sign/Phenomenon (where the eye that can’t blink rolls upwards and outwards).

Like my writing, it’s kind of long, but there’s some humour embedded in there:

If you really want some laughable moments, just ask me to make a video of me eating!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 14, 2010 10:55 pm

    Don’t worry about the trouble Doc.

    It will add character and make you a great teacher from personal experience.

    You look OK regardless and people will give you a lot of sympathy … like me.

    Get better soon!

    Steve

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