Hemifacial spasm

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What is hemifacial spasm?

Hemifacial spasm refers to one-sided contractions of facial muscles due to dysfunction of the 7th cranial (facial) nerve, and/or its motor nucleus. It results from nerve compression by a pulsating blood vessel.

Common symptoms reported by people with hemifacial spasm

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with hemifacial spasm

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Botox)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
hemifacial spasm (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol oil)
Type
Other
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with hemifacial spasm, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with hemifacial spasm

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Botox)
Perceived effectiveness
for hemifacial spasm (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
hemifacial spasm (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Cannabidiol oil)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
bad taste in mouth
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
anxious mood (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
drowsiness
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Mobic)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with hemifacial spasm, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has hemifacial spasm on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 0
30s 6
40s 7
50s 16
60s 17
70+ 7
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 0
20-29 years 1
30-39 years 4
40-49 years 4
50-59 years 3
60-69 years 0
70+ years 0

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 13
Female 39

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 14
Not Diagnosed 3

These charts show data from hemifacial spasm patients who have completed their condition history
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