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Facial spasms Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Facial spasms. 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 the facial spasms?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is it unilateral or bilateral?
  3. Is there a history of eye trauma?

    Why: may indicate a corneal abrasion or corneal ulcer may cause eyelid twitching.

  4. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. hemifacial spasm may be related to acoustic neuroma, Paget's disease, Bell's palsy. Blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids) may be associated with Parkinson's disease and progressive supranuclear palsy; Sydenham's chorea may follow within 3 months of rheumatic fever and recur in later life.

  5. Past surgical history?

    Why: e.g. previous parathyroidectomy or thyroidectomy may cause hypoparathyroidism.

  6. Medications?

    Why: e.g. anti-psychotic medications may cause Blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids), calcitonin and diphosphonates may cause hypocalcemia which can cause facial spasms; oral contraceptive pill may be associated with Sydenham's chorea.

  7. Family history?

    Why: e.g. Huntington's disease, Machado-Joseph disease, epilepsy.

  8. Eye pain?

    Why: Blepharospasm (involuntary contraction of the eye lids) may occur in response to any cause of eye pain. A painful eye may suggest herpes simplex infection, corneal ulcer, acute iritis, scleritis, episcleritis or acute glaucoma.

  9. Convulsions?

    Why: may cause facial spasms.

  10. Symptoms of hemifacial spasm?

    Why: e.g. irregular spasm of the facial muscles on one side of the face usually occurring in middle-aged women. It varies in severity from a mild inconvenience to a severe and disabling condition.

  11. 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.

  12. Symptoms of Tourette's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. rapid repetitive and involuntary muscle movements and vocalizations called "tics', often involves behavioral difficulties, most often begins between the ages of 2 and 21.

  13. Symptoms of Sydenham's chores?

    Why: e.g. irritability and inattentiveness often mark the onset of predominantly unilateral jerky and sometimes explosive movements following each other but flitting from part of the body to another.

  14. Symptoms of Huntington's disease?

    Why: e.g. relentlessly progressive jerky and sometimes explosive movements following each other but flitting from one part of the body to another, dementia in middle life.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Facial spasms:

The following list of conditions have 'Facial spasms' 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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