This is a fascinating question.
(I'm the eye doc who is running clinical trials, one sponsored by Optos...).
TONS of people with Ehlers-Danlos (and MS, it appears) complain of intermittent facial puffiness. I tease that I never know who I'm going to look at in the morning -- Diana, or her ugly twin "Puffy Diana"!
I was assuming it had something to do with our leaky vessels, and am looking into cytokines and mast cell disorders. But it deserves much more attention, and I'm so glad you brought it up.
Bell's Palsy -- another condition that is poorly understood! As eye docs, we always assumed it was a viral attack on the third cranial nerve (and then some), and we usually treat it with steroids (which is what we do when we don't have a clue as to what to do...). But Bell's Palsy usually takes a minimum of 2 weeks or so to go away (sometimes much longer, and sometimes it never goes away). It sounds like your daughter's goes away quickly, am I right?
I noticed that the right side of my face is "droopier" than my left, and I can see that in my videos (shameless plug for Prettyill.com). But I also noticed that my right arm doesn't swing when I walk like my left one does, and I have clonus on my right side. I'm not a huge believer in coincidences.
I have had angioplasty, but it is hard to say which side was more messed up! So that doesn't help me figure it out...
GREAT question. I think we should do an informal "pilot study". "Is Bell's Palsy more common in MS patients than the general population?" I wonder what the best way to get out that question would be?
Special interest in "brain drains" and how they affect numerous conditions, including MS, Ehlers-Danlos, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, etc. I am a therapeutic optometrist on professional disability with EDS, POTS, CCSVI, mast cell disea