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Dear Doctor X, My face began twitching at the eye, cheek and mouth, gradually increasing. It began about a year ago. It can be prompted by merely turning my face to the left, when I speak, and even occurs at night when I am sleeping. I am then awakened and then it is some time before it subsides so I can go back to sleep. It can increase and decrease in intensity. I have a sore eye and ear aches on that side of my face (left). My eye twitches, my cheek twitches, and mouth twitches. I have had a neurologist, accupuncturist, chairopractor, and my regular regular family doctor. It has been diagnosed as both blephrospasm and hemispacial spasm. I have had two MRI'S and a CSCAN. All to no avail...except they found I had a broken Could you be my savior? Hopefully and thankfully. Shirley
Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Well I think it might be time for you to take a very difficult, and bold, step to see if you can get some relief. It seems obvious to me that your current doctors have reached the bottom of their bag of tricks and, yet, you are still having these problems.
Would you say this is a correct statement?
It sounds like you have been receiving good care from very qualified physicians without any significant lasting improvement in your condition. At this point I think the best thing you can do would be to gather up copies of all your medical records and travel to a large University Teaching hospital. At an institution like that you could be evaluated and treated by a team of sub-specialists who are at the cutting edge of their respective fields. The best thing about these large teaching hospitals is that consultations are available with Professors and leaders in their field by just walking a few steps down the hall.
The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota is an excellent example of just such a place as this. That being said there are many excellent teaching hospitals all across the country and I am sure that there is one near you.
If you could tell me what large city you live near and how far it would be possible for you to travel in seeking treatment I would be happy to give you some names. Of course, you could also ask friends and associates or check the internet yourself. Let me know what you would like to do.
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