ILLNESS BATTLE: Bruce Scott has revealed he currently has Bell's Palsy, a temporary condition.
ILLNESS BATTLE: Bruce Scott has revealed he currently has Bell's Palsy, a temporary condition. Contributed

Maranoa MP Bruce Scott reveals private illness battle

MARANOA MP Bruce Scott has revealed he is battling Bell's Palsy.

The condition, which is a temporary partial paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face, has not prevented him from sitting in federal parliament but has forced him to withdraw from certain events.

While Mr Scott was in no physical pain, he said the past two months with it had been challenging to his regular schedule.

"A number of people have had it - Pierce Brosnan, George Clooney, Andrew Lloyd Webber," he told the Western Star this week. 

"It's a bit of pain to go through, but you've got to look after yourself.

"I'm not seeking sympathy, but when you talk to people about it you find their uncle or grandfather had it."

Younger people are more prone to the condition for an unknown reason, with symptoms including numbness, pain around the ear, drooping mouth and food tasting different.

But Mr Scott said all that could help it was time.

"A holiday will be good. I've had it for a couple of months, but that's not unusual and I've been still in partliament," he said. 

"But I've not been doing a lot of travelling and like anything, the doctor says to give yourself as much rest as you can."

Mr Scott will have plenty of time to rest, with parliament not due to sit until February 2, 2016.



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