The Cause Of Pain In The Ear To The Neck And Mouth Is Difficult To Chew?

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Hello,. R nI want to ask, a few days ago my ear hurt to the back of the ear and neck (incidentally the left side hurts) then yesterday, my left side of my mouth was hard to smile, my eyes couldn’t be closed tightly. My lips are also not able to rinse because they are not tightly closed. Why is that?

1 Answer:

Hi Ratih,

Thank you for asking

If you look at the series of complaints you experience, chances are you have Bell's palsy. This condition occurs when one side of the muscles in your face experiences temporary paralysis or weakness. As a result, one side of the face will appear "drooping", which can be indicated by a mouth that is difficult to smile with, eyes that are difficult to close, lips that cannot close tightly, and so on. Not only that, because of the paralysis or weakness on the affected side of the face, it will make you drool more easily, have difficulty tasting, have difficulty eating, drinking, and also speaking.

Bell's palsy occurs when the nerves that control the facial muscles and nerves experience inflammation or pressure so that the signals sent by the brain to the facial muscles are disrupted. This condition causes weakness or paralysis. Inflammation of these nerves can also cause your head to feel painful, especially around the ears, jaw, and neck.

The trigger for nerve inflammation in people with Bell's palsy is not well known. However, it is strongly suspected that this condition is related to viral infections, especially Herpes, or several other types of viruses, such as Treponema pallidum, Epstein-Barr, Cytomegalovirus, and so on.

Apart from Bell's palsy, your complaints may also arise due to other causes, such as otitis externa (inflammation of the outer ear), otitis media (inflammation of the middle ear), brain tumors, sarcoidosis, Lyme disease, meningitis, cerebral aneurysm, stroke, and so on.

Your condition can certainly greatly affect your productivity in activities. Therefore, you should check with a neurologist directly so that further treatment can be done according to your condition. If it is true that you have Bell's palsy, then treatment can be given by administering drugs, physiotherapy, Botox injections, and so on.

In the meantime, here are some things we can suggest:

Protect your eyes that are difficult to close, namely by using special glasses or artificial tears to avoid dry eyes and irritation. If pain is quite annoying, take paracetamol first. Keep active, do facial exercises often. Keep calm, don't panic. Hope it helps. .

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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