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Posted by Laura_W (Member # 31491) on :
Anyone else have issues with their facial muscles?

For me, it goes in cycles. There are times it feels like my face is being pulled down. Typically only one side at a time.

Or more commonly I will get facial twitching of the muscles around my eye, not the actual eye ( i get that sometimes) but of the cheek muscle and eyebrow on one side of the face which I can see in the mirror. Then I get where I can hardly keep that eye open.

Then a short period later i start rapidly blinking that eye, and it gets teary. It can happen on either side, left eye is more prominent tho.

However, most of the time I deal with my forhead muscles being clinched, eyes sensitive to light (both) and difficult to keep both eyes open.

For the last 3 months maybe 4, I have also dealt with facial spasms towards the mouth as well. It hurts to keep a smile on my face, or I will find that I frown stuck to my face.

Basically, my face muscles hurt!
Posted by lax mom (Member # 38743) on :
That sounds like me.

I tried to do a trigger point massage, but it just made my facial muscles hurt worse. Anti-inflammatories don't help either.

I wonder if there is such a thing as neuropathic muscle pain?
Posted by Laura_W (Member # 31491) on :
I don't know lax mom, I just know I'm tired of this. I have to be able to keep my eyes open... I have kids! But, forcing them open causes pain and more fatigue.

Lately my whole body is more fatigued. I have more muscle spasms and tightening throughout my body. And my body seems heavy, harder to move.

Combine all of those, with the fact that I have a foot drop on my left... Life has gotten interesting to say the least.
Posted by Carol in PA (Member # 5338) on :
Laura, are you taking magnesium?

Low magnesium will cause muscle twitches and spasms and many other symptoms.
All of the enzyme processes in our cells use magnesium.

Lyme bacteria live in our cells and use up the magnesium.
If we don't try to replace it, we will suffer.

The Importance of Magnesium to Human Nutrition
Posted by TF (Member # 14183) on :
The feeling that the face is being pulled down is bell's palsy. I had it for 3 years. It always felt like my face was being pulled down.

That will give you the permanent frown also. I had that and it looked horrible.

Take B vitamins and sublingual Vit B12. You put the sublingual pill under your tongue and let it dissolve there. Remember not to swallow it. When my doc added this, it really helped my nerve symptoms.

Take more magnesium. A really good one like Mag-Tab SR which can be ordered at Wal-Mart pharmacy. This is the one Burrascano recommends. Take at least 4 per day. This should really help to stop those facial spasms. And, you should notice improvement within a week. Then, better and better.

Hope this helps you.
Posted by Laura_W (Member # 31491) on :
I have looked for the Mag Tab SR at the local walmart. Didn't think of having them order it. I am b-12 deficient... as i have had gastric bypass surgery, so I tend to have a multidude of defieciencies... although I havent been tested recently. I haven't had a dr keep up with any of that.

I do have a new primary physician, and although she is against the lyme diagnosis, I think that she will prove competent in watching my blood levels. She gets back from maternity leave in a week.

I am scheduled for an MRI at the end of the month, to look for brain lesions.

I am currently doing b-12 injections weekly at home, but I have enough that I can increase that. I have been doing magnesium, but changing the type... I can do that.

I know that I don't have the severe bells palsy.. I can't imagine what that would be like... but I do have some form of it.. my forhead starts getting scrunched up, my eye feels weird, difficult to keep open, and the mouth area feels different.

And then of course I find sometimes I just stop or take breaks from eating because i get tired of chewing. ( don't worry I'm 150 pounds) and staying at that weight, but what I eat does sometimes come into play because some things are easier than others to chew.

Thanks for the advice... I'll be checking in with walmart

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