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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