Muscle spasms in face

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   Posted 11/16/2007 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
  Hi, I am new here and am facing a problem with MS that I have not experienced before. about a week ago I got a twitch under my left eye. It was constant and quite annoying. I figured it was because I was tired and didn't think too much of it. Well about 3 days later I looked in the mirror and now the left side of my mouth was twitching. Not only was this also really annoying, but my mouth is being pulled to one side and it looks like I have suffered a stroke !! I am taking 40mg of Baclofen (a muscle relaxer), at the advice of my pharmacist to try and get rid of this. He did say that it is not permanent and the medication will "kick in" soon and it will go away. I am hoping if anyone here has had a similar experience, you can offer me some advice as to how I can get rid of this and perhaps prevent it from happening again. It is really embarassing for me to be in public right now because I think everyone can notice it so I just hope it goes away soon. I did some research online and found that it is referred to as a hemifacial spasm, but the causes and treatment vary. Thanks a lot !!!

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   Posted 11/16/2007 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had this. It does go away on it's own, over time. And usually it is much more obvious to US than it is to "outsiders". I hope the baclofen works for you. As for "getting rid of it and preventing it"...I don't think there is any way to do that. Like most MS symptoms, these things have a "mind of their own", and come when they want to.
...I am not a doctor, nor health professional, and don't pretend to be one, here.....

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   Posted 11/16/2007 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for responding Uppitycats !! I am feeling relieved right now to see that you also have had this...and that it does go away !! (Not that I would ever wish this on anyone but at least I know I'm not alone).

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   Posted 11/16/2007 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Mel

I've had this awhile now as well. Mine comes and goes pretty often. Mostly on my right most of my symptoms are right sided. My mouth/lips twitch most often, but so will my cheeks including the area under my eye and my eye lid/brow. My nose is sorta funky in this way too, but not spasms...numbness. It sorta feels like how u'r nose feels when u've been to the dentist and it's been numbed along with u'r face. I can rub my nose on that side and it almost feels like i've pushed the nostril in and it 'sticks' in or stays. Just weird sensory things and as Uppity said, they will usually come and go at will...but as long as they aren't painful for me i'm ok with it all. I also have experienced a bit of embarrassment with it. People think i'm sneering at big deal to me, but still i'd prefer it didn't happen!
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   Posted 11/17/2007 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rhonda, thank you for responding as well !! Okay...I am definitely not as freaked out now that I hear that other people have had this and it does go away. Man this MS thing really keeps us on our toes hey? Never a dull moment, that's for sure !!

Take care, Mel

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   Posted Yesterday 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   

I've had this for several yrs now-- used to just be my eye, but nowmy whole face is involved.

I never associated it with MS but it does make sense.  It just comes and goes.  If i pat my cheek

and that usually makes it go away temporarily.  It makes me get some strange looks when I'm

patting my face.  That's the only time anyone ever notices.




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