The facial nerve is responsible for all of the movement of the face, mouth, forehead and neck. Any disruption to this nerve will be evident in the reduction of facial expressions and movement. There are several things that could cause this disruption and it is important that you see your otologist right away for an examination.
Dr. Tirino may schedule an MRI to rule out a tumor causing the symptoms. She may also test you for diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Lyme disease. Hearing tests, facial nerve tests and scans may be performed to help gain a complete picture of your symptoms.
After a diagnosis has been made, your specialist will have a treatment plan for you that may include exercises to try to regain function of the facial nerve. Often, patients are able to regain some or even most of their movement.