3 Reasons you may experience facial numbness in your lifetime and how to get help (Guest Post)

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Facial numbness occurs when you experience pain, weakness, and swelling of the facial area. The feeling may reach to your teeth, tongue, jaw, ear, eyes, and even nerves. Facial problems may be caused by a number of things. Here are 3 reasons you may experience it and how to get help.

1. Migraine
People suffering from migraine headaches experience severe throbbing pain on one side of the head. The pain is characterized by a pulsing sensation, often going as painful as being pricked with pins and needles. The patient may feel nauseous, and may exhibit vomiting and oversensitivity to light and sound.

Some attacks may last for hours on end and may even be so severe it disables the patient from doing anything. Those suffering from hemiplegic migraine experience facial numbness and temporary weakness from one side of the body. If you regularly experience migraine attacks, don’t hesitate to visit the doctor to get checked as it may lead to a more serious condition.

2. Stroke

Stroke has several signs and symptoms but they generally include numbness, weakness, and loss of movement on one side of the body. Facial numbness could be a sign of stroke and may lead to temporary facial sensory. A stroke attack occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen and nutrients, usually caused by an interruption or reduction in blood supply. Blocked arteries or bursted blood vessels are the most common causes of stroke.

The good news is that it can be treated. Learning the risk factors may help you prevent getting a stroke. Being overweight and physically inactive makes you more susceptible in acquiring this disease. High blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol also adds to it. Adopting a healthy lifestyle is the best preventive measure to prevent a stroke. Otherwise, the doctor would likely prescribe counter medications such as anti-platelet drugs and anticoagulants to help reduce the risk of suffering from another attack.

3. Nerve Injury

Damaged facial nerves are likely to cause pain and a weakening sensation to the face. Nerves act as the body’s wiring system that works to carry messages from the brain to other parts of the body, like the muscle to make it move. It carries message about pain, temperature, and pressure to the brain so it can process the information and react accordingly. Like any part of the body, our nerves can be damaged too.

Nerve damage can be caused by too much pressure, a cut, or extreme stretching. These injuries prevent brain signals from reaching the target organ, as these messages cannot jump through a nerve gap. Numbness, weakness, and pain is therefore experienced by the person suffering from a nerve injury.

Some mild injuries can heal without medical help, as the nerve can repair itself in a matter of time. But at some degree it needs to be repaired. Broken nerve fibers and cut nerves need more medical attention as the healing process can take months. Treatment can vary from supportive care to an actual surgery depending on the condition of the patient.