Facial Paralysis

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  • Less muscle control on one side of face

  • Can only wink with my right eye

  • My face is stiff and doesn't move

  • Unable to lift one side of my forehead

  • Facial muscles do not move well

  • Can't raise corner of the mouth

  • Can't lift one eyebrow

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Facial paralysis occurs when a person is no longer able to move some or all of the muscles on one or both sides of the face.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Can't move face

Possible causes

  • Diabetic neuropathy

    Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nerve damage that can occurs in those with long-term diabetes. High blood sugar can damage nerves throughout the body, most commonly in the legs and feet.

  • Hypothyroidism

    A disorder where levels of thyroid hormone in the body are abnormally low. These hormones are needed for growth, development and metabolism.

  • Myasthenia gravis

    A condition where there is a breakdown in the normal communication between nerves and muscles, resulting in muscle weakness and easy fatigability. It is caused by abnormal immune reaction where your immune system produces antibodies that mistakenly attacks healthy parts of the body.

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have difficulty controlling the muscles of your face?

  • Do you have problems focusing or a reduced sense of awareness in your surroundings?

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

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have slurred speech?

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