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Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
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Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
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There is pain behind my left ear and earlobe, my left side

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There is pain behind my left ear and earlobe, my left side seems to have dropped slightly and my left eye will not close completely. There are no other symptoms, I am unsure whether or not I should wait until tomorrow to see my GP. These symptoms have been present since Friday evening
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 2 years ago.
Hi--this sounds like Bell's palsy which is a inflammation problem with the facial nerve. That said, it may also be a sign of a stroke. Early treatment with prednisone may hasten the improvement of Bell's, I personally think you need to get to the ER immediately to rule out the stroke with an MRI of the brain.