Stroke - Symptoms
If you have symptoms of a stroke, call
911 or other emergency services right away
. General symptoms of a stroke
- Sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in your face, arm, or leg, especially on only one side of your body.
- Sudden vision changes.
- Sudden trouble speaking.
- Sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements.
- Sudden problems with walking or balance.
- A sudden, severe headache that is different from past headaches.
Symptoms can vary depending on whether the stroke
is caused by a blood clot
) or bleeding (hemorrhagic stroke
), where the stroke occurs in the brain
, and how bad it is.
Bell's Palsy - Topic Overview
What is Bell's palsy?
Bell's palsy is a paralysis
or weakness of the muscles on one side of your face. Damage to the facial nerve that controls muscles on one side of the face causes that side of your face to droop
. The nerve damage
may also affect your sense of taste and how you make tears and saliva
. This condition comes on suddenly, often overnight, and usually gets better on its own within a few weeks.
Bell's palsy is not
the result of a stroke
or a transient ischemic attack (TIA)
. While stroke
and TIA can cause facial paralysis, there is no link between Bell's palsy and either of these conditions. But sudden weakness that occurs on one side of your face should be checked by a doctor right away to rule out these more serious causes.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of Bell's palsy include:
- Sudden weakness or paralysis on one side of your face that causes it to droop. This is the main symptom. It may make it hard for you to close your eye on that side of your face.
- Eye problems, such as excessive tearing or a dry eye.
- Loss of ability to taste.
- Pain in or behind your ear.
- Numbness in the affected side of your face.
- Increased sensitivity to sound.