When You Visit Your Doctor — Bell's Palsy

Bell's Palsy

Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor:

  • Do you have weakness or paralysis of the muscles in your face?
  • Can you still raise your eyebrows?
  • Can you close your eyelids?
  • Have you had ear pain? If so, on which side?
  • Are your eyes watery?
  • Have you noticed any change in your sense of taste?
  • Have you had problems hearing?
  • Have you had problems chewing?
  • Over what period of time did your symptoms develop?
  • Have you had a recent upper respiratory tract infection (for example, a cold)?
  • Could you have had a tick bite in the recent past?
  • Do you have diabetes?

Your Doctor Might Examine the Following Body Structures or Functions:

  • Neurological exam focusing on the strength of the facial muscles
  • Examination of the ears, nose, and throat

Your Doctor Might Order the Following Lab Tests or Studies:

  • Blood tests for blood sugar and possibly Lyme disease
  • Hearing test (if you report difficulty hearing)
  • MRI computed tomography (CT) of the head (if your history and exam are concerning for a stroke or tumor)

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