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Recently I have had no control of the muscle's on the right side of my mouth. What could be the cause of this?

By May 11, 2009 - 11:09am
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Thanks for your reply! It could be some weird anomaly that will clear up itself or it could be a reaction to medication (are you taking any?)...it could also be a neurological issue that would require you to see a doctor.

You might want to think about placing a call to your doctor's office and let them know each and every symptom you have - they may want you to come in for a check up.

Will you keep us updated?

May 11, 2009 - 1:34pm
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Hi Amber!

Thank you for your question!

Do you mean that your mouth is drooping on the right side? Do you have numbness or tingling?

You could be experiencing any number of things.

From our TMJ page : Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is a disorder involving the two joints that attach the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull. These two joints open and close the mouth, and are located directly in front of each of your ears.

The symptoms are :

◦Pain in the temporomandibular joint
◦Popping, clicking, or grating sounds or sensations in the temporomandibular joint while eating and/or drinking
◦A sensation of the jaw “catching” or “locking” briefly, while attempting to open or close the mouth, or while chewing
◦Difficulty opening the mouth completely
◦Pain in the jaw
◦Facial pain
◦Muscle pain/spasm in the area of the temporomandibular joint
◦Ear pain
◦Neck and/or shoulder pain
◦Swelling on one or both sides of the face

Head to our TMJ page here for much more information : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/conditions-indepth-temporomandibular-joint-tmj-syndrome

Have you heard of Bell's Palsy? This is a condition where facial nerves become paralyzed and (usually) one half of the face becomes droopy - seen mostly around the eyes or mouth area.

From our encyclopedia : The cause of Bell's palsy is unknown. It is suspected that an irritated facial nerve becomes swollen due to inflammation. As the facial nerve passes through narrow openings in the skull, it is compressed and symptoms result.

Doctors believe a herpes virus may cause the nerve to become inflamed, and, in turn, cause Bell’s palsy. Lyme disease may also be a cause.

Paralysis of the facial nerve may be caused by:

◦Head or facial injuries
◦Autoimmune disease
◦Drug therapy such as chemotherapy
◦Hereditary diseases
◦Other medical problems may also cause paralysis of the facial.

A friend of mine had Bell's Palsy during pregnancy. You can visit our extensive Bell's Palsy page here : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/bells-palsy

There could be other underlying issues like multiple sclerosis or nerve damage in your mouth.

If it does not clear up you may want to consider going to health care professional to have some tests run.

When you say this happened 'recently', do you mean in the last week or so? Are you noticing any other changes?

May 11, 2009 - 12:06pm
(reply to Susan Cody)

It has been within the last week and a half. I've also noticed a slight change in my speech as well as a change in my taste.

May 11, 2009 - 1:10pm
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