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Carnie Wilson of Wilson Phillips reveals she has Bell's palsy

March 19, 2013|By Christie D'Zurilla

Wilson Phillips singer Carnie Wilson has gone public with a disorder affecting the muscles on the left side of her face: Bell's palsy. But by Tuesday, she was already celebrating progress in recovering from the condition.

"A beautiful day to you all," Wilson said on Twitter. "My smile is 70% back!! Except when kids make me belly laugh! Lol they keep me laughing !! Luv to you all."

She'd revealed her situation on Wednesday of last week: "Just wanted you all 2 know that I have Bell's Palsy on lf side of face right now. Scary, unfortunate, but it goes away. A challenge! Love u," she tweeted.

The condition is caused when the nerve that controls the facial muscles and more becomes inflamed — often because of a virus — and is in most cases temporary, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The "Hold On" singer wrote that she's been using acupuncture successfully as a treatment, and noted Monday that she'd had Bell's on the right side of her face 14 years prior. 

"12 days out of Bell's and doing much better! All your wishes have warmed my heart & it's making me heal faster! Yay!!," she said Monday, before reminding her followers of her motivation for tweeting: "Remember I go public because its gonna help someone else with same thing!!"

Wilson has been forthcoming about other medical issues in the past, including her gastric-bypass surgery 13 years ago and her Lap-Band surgery last year.

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