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Hi Grace-
I had Bell's Palsy years ago and as far as I know, it ONLY effects the facial nerves/muscles. It shouldn't cause paralysis or numbness elsewhere in the body. Please have this checked out ASAP!
Did you have a cold or sinus infection recently? B.P. can be precipitated by this and it was true in my case.

If you DO have Bell's Palsy, they say you should get on prednisone quickly to shorten the duration. I waited too long and had it for about 9 months. However, it typically resloves in a few weeks.

At first, I had a swelling and achiness behind my ear and an oddly numb tongue. Later I had moderate facial pain (but no headache), drooping on the effected side of my face with some drooling, and I couldn't close my eye. Dr. told me to wear an eye patch but vanity got the better of me and I didn't (was young and I already felt silly with my slanted smile). I wound up with cataracts so I say, follow Dr's advice with that.

I now have lupus and have had numbness in arm and fingers but it wasn't pronounced so I never had it checked.

Please let us know what the CT tells you and good luck!

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