Is his ailment more serious—say, a heart attack or stroke or even Bell's palsy, which left his face looking contorted?
I'd been afflicted in June with Lyme's disease and Bell's palsy.
The proprietor turned upon him, quaking in a kind of palsy of surprise.
And even near thee, palsy struck I was, The paralytic on the river bank!
The master was very merry, and his excitement augmented his palsy: he could hardly eat.
The palsy is coming upon me—I can feel it coming, and here I would die.
Her hair had become dull, and her hands trembled as though she had the palsy.
And already his legs trembled as if he were seized of a palsy.
When he brings his hands to the back of his head, as he frequently does, in conversation, they tremble as with palsy.
I was not, as Sydney Smith said, "stricken by the palsy of candour."
palsy pal·sy (pôl'zē)
Complete or partial muscle paralysis, often accompanied by loss of sensation and uncontrollable body movements or tremors.