Facial nerve

What is Facial nerve?

Seventh cranial nerve.It supplies most of the muscles of the face.Bell's palsy is a common form of facial nerve paralysis.

Questions and answers on "Facial nerve"

I fell a few months ago and had a concussion. I know have a tingley and numbing feeling that goes up my right side of my head. it makes my face feel numb as well with sensations of fullness of my eye lid, nostile, nad lips. this comes and goes frequently. should I be concerned.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Get a tailored scan for facial nerve done.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

If these symptoms have appeared after trauma, then we can assume its related to facial nerve.

You need to get a scan of for facial nerve done.Regular scan may not show facial nerve properly.

Facial nerve passes...

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I have Bells Palsy and never got all the feeling back in my lips. I am afraid going to the dentist and getting novacaine would make it worse. How can novacain effect my Bells Palsy?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
No effect on Bell's palsy

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
I have gone through your question and understand your concern.
Bell's palsy is due to compression of facial nerve.
The residual deficit may improve for few months and some deficit may persist.
Nerve block for dental procedures...

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i suffer from Hemifacial Spasms is there any treatment for this

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Brief Answer:
Surgical decompression of facial nerve & Botox inj

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXXXX

Thanks for your query.

Hemifacial Spasm is caused due to abnormal functioning of the facial nerve which supplies the muscle of the face.
The management depends on the group of muscle involved and the...

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Hi Doctor,
My kid is 2.6 years currently. He has a slight a twitch in the lower lip which shows off only when he cries or laughs out wildly. Otherwise everything is normal.
He has this issue since he was born. Per the Pediatrician present during my delivery, its a weak nerve thing and should be normal in a year or 2. Well, the twitch has decreased slightly but still present. Now when I approach him, he gives me a different story that it would be a permanent thing.
Please suggest me further.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
It is possible that it is a partial facial palsy.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for posting your query.

I have noted your child's symptoms.

The symptoms could be suggestive of partial facial palsy, where there is a weakness of muscles supplied by the facial nerve. The lip muscle...

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Hello, Ive been on this website many times before but I need help, none of my doctors have been able to help me. Ok so basically the right side of my face has changed and i do not know why, it doesnt have a significant droop like you would get with bells palsy but it has changed to what it looked like a day before the change occured. It is so minor that most people would be able to get on with their lives, however I cannot because looks and make up is very important to me because make-up is my passion and now when i put make-up on i hate it because i dont look good anymore, I am even considering surgery. This happened after a weekend of heavy alcohol use. I do not know what the cause of this is?!! Someone please help and what should I do to get my face back to normal? I have attached two images of my nose one was before and the other one is after. You can see on the after pic the right nostril looks like it is being pulled. I can move my muscles on my face perfectly so i know i do not have any paralysis. Can you please tell me what I can do to get my nose back to normal or will I have to resort to surgery?

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Could you please confirm the side of the face involved?looks left to me

Detailed Answer:
Hi XXXXXXX

I understand your concern.

Could you please confirm the nasal deformity you are referring to?

From the pic I could notice the left nostril of yours being pulled a bit away.


I need the...

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My mother around 60 years old is having hemifacial spasm for the last two years. It started as eye twitching and gradually the left side till the lips. It is not continuous and only happens along with excess emotions like laughing, talking aggressively etc.
She consulted a doctor who prescribed pacitane and ethizola after which in 2 months is was gone. It again started after 6 months in times of general tension or anxiety at home. Again it stopped in sometime when things stabilized.
So this is not continuous, comes in for 1 to 2 months in between stops for a few months then would again come up suddenly. The doctor has suggested some botox injections but my mother doenst want to go for it. Is there any other remedy that could be checked out.
PS: She is taking medicines like ecosprin, BP medicines and for cholesterol

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Get done vitamin b 12 level.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Health Care Magic.
I can understand your mother's situation and problem.
This kind of sudden hemifacial spasm are seen due to nervous hyperstimulation.
Vitamin b 12 deficiency can also trigger it.
So get done...

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Hello,my name is XXXXXXX Long story short i had an accident 7 months ago,and had orbital floor and zygomatic fractures all over the left side of my face.

Did a reconstructive surgery 20 days after.

Now,almost 7 months after the surgery i am really depressed about my looks.

Surgery left me a bulgy eye(exophthalmos) and a droopy lower eyelid that makes my eye look a lot bigger than the right one(see pics please).

Plus my upper lip (where the incision be made) has shrinked a lot,leaving a curve that make my lip look thinner and uneven,showing a bit more tooth than the eight side.(see pics please).Because of that,i got speech issues,eating food and drinking water issues.Plus my facial expressions have changed as i feel the left side of my face numb,tight,like the grafts are pulling and holding my upper lip up.

I am so depressed and desperate i think i look like a monster and i don`t know what to do.

I think that a (lower eyelid tightening surgery) could help camouflage the exophtalmia of my eye..What do you think?

But i don`t know what to do with my lips.My primary surgeon said that release of the contractures where the incision made,may help but may not and may create even more scar tissue.Please help me doctor.

Thank you in advance

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Provide more information

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome to healthcaremagic

I ma Dr. Kakkar. I have gone through your query and I empathize with you

Yes, I do notice a little drooping of felt lower lid. Though I cannot really appreciate much that you told about the upper lip...

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My face an eye are twitching on the left side of my face; both eye and face. I do not have any control over it. This has been happening for about 2 months. I do not have any medical conditions like diabetes, hypertension, etc. that might cause these symptoms. I should say that I do not know of any of these conditions.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
It's problem in Muscle or nerve or in Brain.

Detailed Answer:
HI XXXXXXX

Greeting from Dr. Divakara.P
First of all thanks for choosing Healthcaremagic for posting your query.


First let me explain you some basics. Twitching means it is involuntary contraction of the muscles. Muscles...

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In the past few months I have been having face paralasis for a short time (half hour or so) down the middle of my face, twitching and not dizziness but, unsteady, like if I stand up or bend over I loose my balance. It happens on and off. What can this be...nothing matches the symptoms.

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
Facial nerve or brain problem.

Detailed Answer:
Hi thanks for your question.

I would encourage you to see your doctor. Your symptoms could be secondary to a problem with the facial nerve itself or because of a problem with your brain which would require investigation with a CT or...

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Hello, one day i went to the New Forest in England and then in the evening I went to a club with my friends and drank alot of alcohol. The next morning i woke up and noticed the right side of my face had drooped a little bit, however I am able to move my muscles perfectly. I do not understand why this has happened, it has been 4 months. Although, it is not noticeable it is still affecting me a lot. I just want my face back!! Can this happen after drink spiking like someone putting a drug in my alcholic drink? Will my face return to normal or is this permanent? I am also experiencing sensory neuropathy in the same side of my face and my feet are constantly tingling. I think i may also have some sort of muscle weakness on the chewing muscles. If so, is there any way to strengthen them? I have had a neurological exam and it is normal. But why is the side of my face like this? Im so upset and I will not be happy until it goes back to normal and im scared this might be permanent. I will go crazy if this ends up being permanent!

doctor1 MD

Brief Answer:
ENG and EMG recommended.

Detailed Answer:
Hello.

I read your query carefully and I am sorry about what you are experiencing and the anxiety it is causing you.
I also read the exchanges you have had in the past week with my esteemed colleagues Dr. Ranxha and Dr. Fejzo from which I...

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Recent questions on  Facial nerve

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I am a 57 year old female, weigh 112lbs, 5 3 tall. When I was 20, I got Bells Palsy and had to have surgery to reduce pressure on my facial nerve. When the doctor used the saw to cut the bone away, he accidently touched my inner ear and left me deaf and with a constant buzz. Is there any new treatment or surgery that can reduce or remove the buzz.

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For 8 yrs, i have had ACC spread from salivary gland, facial nerve, etc. It is now in my Rt. temporal bone and dura, extension into my ear. My rt. ear is all closed. I suspect my life expectancy to be within 1 yr. now.I am 71, 5 8 . I have had a left nephrectomy.

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i fell at work about a month ago and was diagnosed with a concussion, whiplash, head and scapula contusions, and this past weekend, I had an episode where the left side of my face became increasingly numb to an intense level and then it lessened. The next day, my colleagues at work said I had a slight L eye droop and L lip droop as well as L sided facial swelling. General neuro exam was normal ( checked by my fellow RN's for strength, pupil reaction, etc). I also have a small area on my face where there is a rash; L side of my face. Any ideas as to what could be going on? I was thinking possible facial nerve injury?

Thank you.

Rebecca

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Weakness on the left side of my mouth

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I have developed a twitching in my left eye and sometimes on the left side of my mouth. Had it checked out and they said I was not have a stroke or heart attack????

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history of Right Vestibular schwannoma- Gamma Knife Radiosurgery done 2013, Right SNHL present at that time Please suggest on prognosis , possible complications and suggestive treatment and investigations

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Hello, I am scheduled for surgery to have a partial pariodectomy for a pleomorphic adenoma. I am worried about facial nerve paralysis following this and would like to know would it be possible to use a EMS device which exercises the facial muscles following this surgery to help the facial nerve get back to normal?

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