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Hemifacial Spasm?

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  • Posted By: FigxNewton
  • February 4, 2007
  • 03:42 PM

The other day I believe I had what is called a hemifacial spasm. The left side of my face was affected for about 1 min with symptoms of what appeared to be a facial nerve spasm. My eye closed, the left side of my mouth was drawn upwards, and the whole side of my face felt tight. There was no pain, and I felt a tingling in the left side of my head and neck.

So, I read up on what it could have been and I came across Hemifacial spasms. This only happened once. I read that most often, this condition is caused by a blood vessel that restricts the nerve, causing the nerve to spasm. My question is this: Is it possible that consuming a large cup of coffee just prior to the incident could have caused the incident? I am sensitive to caffeine and decided to have a cup after my roommate brewed it. I consumed the beverage within 10 minutes and the spasm happened shortly afterwards. I know that caffeine dilates blood vessels, so I was wondering if it dilated the blood vessel near the nerve, therefore restricting it and causing the spasm.

Just curious if anyone knows anything about this...

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  • I had hemifacial spasm. I was diagnosed by my neurologist and tried botox shots which only made me look and feel like I had a stroke. After finding the hemifacial spasm association on the internet I was able to do a lot of research and decided to go for the only real cure for the disorder, which is brain surgery. I had it done at Allegheny Hospital in Pittsburgh by the surgeon who pioneered this kind of surgery --- Dr. Peter Jannetta. The surgery is called microvascular decompression. I was in the hospital for two nights, stayed in Pittsburgh for a week for my follow up visit, and returned to Florida. I am now spasm free. You might want to look at www.hfs-assn.org for more information.
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    • November 22, 2007
    • 06:22 PM
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