Face Is Twitching

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  • Cannot stop my face from twitching

  • Facial spasms occur more frequently when I am tired

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Unintentional movements or twitching of the muscles of the face. Spasms may happen due to injury of the nerves of the face, or due to irritation of the nerves of the face, for example by a pulsing blood vessel.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Convulsions on the face

Possible causes

  • Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO)

    Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is a rare condition where the immune system damages the spinal cord and the nerves of the eyes (optic nerves).

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system), which may lead to permanent damage or deterioration of the nerves.

  • Muscular dystrophy

    A group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. In this condition, abnormal genes (mutations) interfere with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscle.

  • cholera

  • Hypoparathyroidism

Related serious diseases

  • Hypocalcemia

    Hypocalcemia occurs when the levels of calcium in the blood are too low. It’s often caused by abnormal levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH) or vitamin D in the body.

  • Tetanus

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have twitching or spasms anywhere on your face?

  • Do you get facial spasms more frequently when you get tired?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you feel any weakness in your arms or legs?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

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