Waking up one morning, I looked in the mirror, saw my face was droopy on one side, scaring the heck out of me. I was in my 30’s, believing it was a stroke but relieved the diagnoses was Bell’s Palsy. Most of the facial nerves returned to normal, however, I continue to show minor signs around my eyes and mouth area (30 years later). It’s interesting to learn that people with migraines have a higher risk of having Bell’s Palsy.
Image: Picture of Allen Ginsberg who had Bell’s Palsy, photo by Michiel Hendryckx (Wikimedia Commons)
Bell’s palsy is a paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of your face.
The facial nerve that controls muscles on one side of the face is damaged causing that side of your face to droop, which may affect your sense of taste and how you produce tears and saliva.
This condition comes without warning. Waking up with Bell’s Palsy first thing in the morning, a person discovers that one side of their face doesn’t move, and if an eyelid is affected, blinking may be difficult.
1. Bell’s Palsy typically starts suddenly, but it’s not to be confused with the condition of cerebral palsy.
2. Links have been found between migraine, facial and limb weakness which prompted a study showing that people with migraine may be at much higher risk of having Bell’s Palsy.
3. Most people who suddenly undergo these sudden symptoms believe they are having a stroke. However, if the weakness or paralysis only affects the face it’s likely to be diagnosed with Bell’s palsy.