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left side of face

my left side of my face if numb, but i can move everything. a week before my right eye was twitching. these symptoms have been like this for over a week now. the twitching stopped. do you know whats causeing this numbness and what do i need to do to get rid of it.
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facial numbness is a potentially serious symptom tht could be due to things like strokes, Bell's palsy, facial neuralgias, etc.

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Not to scare you, but my mom had the exact same symptom you are describing and dr's told her it was stress related. They gave her anti-anxiety meds and sent her on her way.  When her symptoms slowly began progressing, I took her to an ER and she was diagnosed with a brain stem tumor.  Have this checked immediatley!  Better safe than sorry.
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I'm a lay person, but you should have it checked out by your doctor.

However, that sounds like the Bell's palsy that I had several years ago.  It started with a twitching eyelid that lasted for 3 or 4 days.  Then I experienced hyperacusis on the same side--my hearing was overly sensitive and certain sounds actually hurt my ear.  Then I got tingling and numbness in my lip and check, and eventually the whole left side of my face was paralyzed.  I couldn't shut my eye or blink, smile on that side, etc.  I was fortunate that the paralysis went away after two weeks, but I continued to have occasional pain and tingling on that side.  Six years later, That side of my face is a little different than the other, a little fuller looking, a little "laxer," and I will occasionally get some fleeting pain or tingling in my ear and face.
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