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Stroke vs. Bell’s Palsy: What’s The Difference


Very often there are two separate kinds of medical conditions that can often get confused with one another, and while that list is extensive, among the most common is a confusion between the symptoms of Bell’s palsy and stroke. So what is the difference?

Bell’s Palsy

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, is a form of temporary facial paralysis.

It occurs because the patients experience a facial nerve disruption that leads to facial weakness or paralysis.

Here are some of the most common symptoms:

Twitching of the face
Paralysis or weakness on one side of the face, although, it is possible(but rare) for it to happen on both sides
Drooping corner of the mouth or eyelid
Dryness of the mouth and eye
Taste buds become impaired
Excessive tearing of the eye(s)
Discomfort and pain around the jaw and sometimes behind the ear
Ringing in one or both ears
a headache or dizziness
Difficulty drinking or eating


A stroke, on the other hand, occurs when a clot blocks a blood vessel carrying nutrients and oxygen to the brain. The result is the death of brain cells.

There are two types of strokes: ischemic stroke, which is when a clot obstructs the flow of blood to the brain; and a hemorrhagic stroke, which is when a blood vessel ruptures in the brain.

Some of the most common symptoms of stroke include:

Difficulty walking, speaking and comprehending
Numbness or partial/full paralysis of the face, arm, and leg
Coordination problems, stiff muscles, overactive reflexes and/or paralysis on one side of the body
Double vision, blurred vision, or loss of vision in one eye
Pins and needles and a reduction in touch sensation
Trouble swallowing
Extreme headache
Cognitive difficulties

Although similar, it is important to remember that stroke and Bell’s palsy is a very different condition, albeit, with some similar symptoms.

What is important to remember is that regardless of the diagnosis, the potential for recovery, either in part or in full, is very possible. Difficult, we know, on both the sufferer and their loved ones, however, while the road to recovery may be a difficult one, it is important to remember to never give up hope. After all, medical miracles happen every day, however, they don’t normally start with doctors, rather, they almost always originate in the mind and the heart of the patient.