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anxiety and facial paralysis

Recently, my significant other had an episode which I think was a panic attack (I have a Psychology degree and the doctor's results have been inconclusive). The episode began when he was at work. His mouth began to tingle, progressed to his entire face, arms and chest. He had trouble breathing, a racing heart rate and in minutes, he lost muscle control in his face. He was rushed to the ER where they gave him muscle relaxers in order for him to regain movement in his face. Does facial paralysis occur in extreme panic attacks? Can a lack of sleep, malnutrition and excessive drinking (daily and in large quantities -- a new habit in his life) on top of extreme stress trigger anxiety? This was the first episode that has occurred.
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replied May 19th, 2008
humm.........
This does not sound like any panic attack that I've had. It sounds almost like a heart attack or seizure. He had better see a doctor. It could be a rare panic attack since I'v had one where the muscles in my face quivered out, but it soon stopped.

Was there an incident that caused this? Has he had similar episodes before?
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replied May 21st, 2008
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Yes, these things can trigger a panic attack.

However, no, this doesn't really sound like that's what happened. Did they check for stroke or TIA? Has he seen a doctor outside of the emergency room? OFten, they aren't able to diagnose in the emergency room because they have more important things to do- after going to the ER, you should really follow up with a specialist.

I'm not ruling out panic, however, it sounds like something else could be going on.
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replied February 15th, 2011
I know this post was almost 2 years ago, but I'm hoping you are notified of my response. I had the same thing happen to me very recently, while I was driving. I already have anxiety and panic attacks, I've dealt with it for 15 years, and driving brings them on BAD! I was driving home from work last Friday morning, and I was very anxious, and I started to hyperventilate, and all of the sudden it felt like I lost control of my lips. I couldn't smile wide at all, and I started freaking out. I pulled over, went in a ditch, and got out of the car, and it happened to my right arm as well. Felt like my fingers wanted to clench on their own. Like I had no control over them. I called 911 and requested an ambulance because I thought I was having a stroke. While on the phone with the 911 operator, the symptoms subsided. My BP was high when the EMT arrived, but I have high blood pressure, and hadn't taken my meds that morning, and I'm sure it was up because I was panicking. I am very curious to know if your significant other had follow ups, and what the outcome was. I do believe that this was just a panic attack, but I'm curious to know if he had other findings. Hope to hear from you soon.
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replied September 4th, 2011
Muscle paralysis by anxiety attack
I have a relative who would paralyze and fall to the ground when having anxiety attack. His symptoms are more frequent when he is getting older and with more pressure at work.
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replied September 4th, 2011
This is amazing. I swear this happened to me today, but my parents were unsure whether to believe me or not. I must show them this thread.
I'm 17, and lately I've been having trouble breathing, almost as if there was a giant boulder on my chest. I was assured this was stress, and I was told to losen up. (Losen up! Just like that! I should, you know. Losen up. Easy as that)Naturally, when I'm having trouble breathing, I get even more anxious.
So today, I was having trouble breathing again, and I was breathing very heavily. I was feeling very dizzy and lightheaded. Suddenly, my lips started to tingle and they just wired shut, like a cramp.
My eyes were twitching too.
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replied October 16th, 2011
Hey, I found what you wrote similar to what happened to me a week ago! But the only difference is that the right side of my face is paralyzed from it. Supposedly it will get better on its own, but I'm getting acupuncture and taking some weird chinese herbs (I live in beijing china so its easy for me to get this kind of treatment). I should get better because I have a "Minor" case of facial paralysis. Doesn't feel minor to a 16 year old but, I'll just believe what the acupuncturist tells me I guess. Not like I have much another choice.
I wanted to tell you was, I was having similar problems to what you have for a few months before this happened.
I realize you posted this in November but, I figure I may as well tell you to go get checked out for Anything at all!
Apparently, stress can cause facial paralysis and if it hasn't happened to you, it COULD. Very unlikely but hey, it happened to me, and one of my friends mom's a few years back.
I hope you're okay.
Best wishes

Natalie
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