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Progressive weakening of facial muscles

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Old 10-01-2008, 09:07 PM   #1
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Question Progressive weakening of facial muscles

So, I've had this for fact probably over a decade now. My left side of my face it just really shows when I smile when one side does a full smile and the other just looks like a sad attempt. My eye seems to be a bit droopy on the same side as well.

Anyway, I've noticed it is gradually getting the point that even when I'm making no facial expression at all, I can see the difference...especially in my side just looks so much weaker than the other.

I know Bell's Palsy can cause weakness on one side of the face...but usually it comes up very within days...this has been going on for over a decade. I really am embarrassed to go to the doctor because I figure they will shrug it off and make me feel stupid for going.

Is it possible this is something serious? Or am I just worrying too much?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-02-2008, 07:53 PM   #2
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Re: Progressive weakening of facial muscles

No self respecting physcian will take this lightly. It could be a sign of a serious disorder, you should see a neurologist right away.

It might be something as simple as a pinched nerve or nerve damage from a virus you had years ago . . . Or it could be a slow growing tumor putting pressure on one of the crainal nerves or damage from a stroke you never even knew you had.

I don't mean to spook you. 9 times out of 10, when there are no other symptoms, it's a just pinched or damaged nerve - but you should see someone to make sure.

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