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Facial paresthesia Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Facial paresthesia. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had facial paresthesia?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. How would you explain the facial paresthesia?

    Why: e.g. tingling, burning, numbness or pins and needles.

  3. What areas of the face are affected by the paresthesia?

    Why: helps determine the cause of the facial paresthesia and also the site of the pathology. e.g. the ophthalmic division of the trigeminal nerve supplies the forehead and surface of the eye; the maxillary division of the trigeminal nerve supplies the skin in the middle of the face and the membranes of the upper part of the mouth, palate and nasopharynx; the third division of the trigeminal nerve supplies the skin of the lower jaw and membranes of the lower part of the mouth.

  4. History of facial trauma?

    Why: e.g. facial bone fractures including fracture of the zygomatic and orbital bones may cause numbness of the upper lip.

  5. Possible poisoning?

    Why: e.g. neurotoxic shellfish poisoning; ingestion of tetrodotoxin- containing puffer fish.

  6. Family history?

    Why: e.g. neurofibromatosis 2 may cause facial numbness, multiple sclerosis, migraine.

  7. Medications?

    Why: e.g. oral contraceptive pill may increase the risk of cavernous sinus thrombosis.

  8. Symptoms of sinusitis?

    Why: e.g. fever, facial pain and tenderness, toothache, post-nasal drip nasal obstruction, runny nose, cough, fever, bleeding nose - may suggest cavernous sinus thrombosis as the cause of facial paresthesia as it is a complication of acute sinusitis.

  9. Symptoms of migraine?

    Why: e.g. headache which may be preceded by temporary unilateral loss of vision (partial or total), transient difficulty with speech together with possible tingling, numbness or vague weakness of one side of the face. Nausea and vomiting may follow.

  10. Symptoms of the perimenopause?

    Why: e.g. hot flushes, night sweats, palpitations, lightheadedness, dry skin, crawling skin sensation, mood changes.

  11. Symptoms of neurofibromatosis 2?

    Why: e.g. symptoms of acoustic neuroma, facial weakness, pain or numbness.

  12. Symptoms of acoustic neuroma?

    Why: e.g. progressive deafness, dizziness, numbness of that side of the face and facial weakness, followed by clumsiness.

  13. Symptom of cavernous sinus thrombosis?

    Why: e.g. fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, eye pain, proptosis (forward displacement of the eyeball), double vision, facial numbness over the forehead.

  14. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

    Why: e.g. blurry vision, double vision, dizziness, weakness, numbness or tingling in any limbs of face.

  15. Symptoms of hypocalcemia (low levels of calcium in the blood)?

    Why: e.g. numbness around the mouth, muscle cramps, anxiety, facial muscle twitching may be followed by convulsions, stridor and psychosis.

  16. Symptoms of paralytic shellfish poisoning?

    Why: e.g. numbness around the mouth, feeling unwell, clumsiness and if severe paralysis of the limb muscles.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Facial paresthesia:

The following list of conditions have 'Facial paresthesia' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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