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Published September 12, 2009, 12:00 AM

Coleman diagnosed with Bell's palsy

ST. PAUL – Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says he’s been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, a temporary paralysis of one side of the face.

By: Associated Press, INFORUM

ST. PAUL – Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says he’s been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, a temporary paralysis of one side of the face.

Coleman said he started noticing problems last week and thought it was allergies. But, when water dribbled from his mouth when he took a sip of water, he realized only half his face was working and visited his doctor.

The former senator said Thursday night that doctors told him he shouldn’t have any permanent nerve damage. Coleman said he has pain in his left eye, which doesn’t close. He tapes it shut at night when he goes to bed.

The paralysis or weakening of face muscle can come on suddenly, but often gets better on its own within a few weeks. The cause of the condition isn’t clear.

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