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Hemifacial spasm

Posted by @jmajbk, 5 days ago

I have had my spasm for the last 25 years. I have been taking Botox for 20 years it was the only thing that worked. Five weeks ago I started acupuncture to see if it would help. My spasm has been reduced by more than 50% and we’re not done yet. I can remember the day it started and it has never felt better than this. The girl that is my acupunctureist is telling me to expect more relief. Amen

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Hi, @jmajbk. Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Sounds like you've dealt with the hemifacial spasm for many years now.

I'd like you to meet some others who have talked about hemifacial spasm in themselves or a loved one, like @gigi76 @jnetten @marti2018 @esumner @annamh @michelles123. I'd also like to introduce you to @johnbishop @hopeful33250 @jenniferhunter.

Since you mentioned that botulinum toxin (Botox) was the only thing that worked for a long time for your hemifacial spasms, wondering to what degree it helped you? Will you share more about the acupuncture – how you learned it might be helpful, what is involved in your treatments?

Hi @jmajbk, I would like to add my welcome along with @lisalucier. I'm happy to hear that acupuncture treatments are helping and hope you have more success. I'm not familiar with the condition but did find an article that provides some information on a group of patients over a period of time.

Natural History of Untreated Hemifacial Spasm: A Study of 104 Consecutive Patients over 5 Years
https://www.karger.com/Article/FullText/453276

I'm hoping other members will be able to offer information on their treatments that also may be helpful. I'm sure they would be interested in learning more about your success with acupunture.

@lisalucier

Hi, @jmajbk. Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. Sounds like you've dealt with the hemifacial spasm for many years now.

I'd like you to meet some others who have talked about hemifacial spasm in themselves or a loved one, like @gigi76 @jnetten @marti2018 @esumner @annamh @michelles123. I'd also like to introduce you to @johnbishop @hopeful33250 @jenniferhunter.

Since you mentioned that botulinum toxin (Botox) was the only thing that worked for a long time for your hemifacial spasms, wondering to what degree it helped you? Will you share more about the acupuncture – how you learned it might be helpful, what is involved in your treatments?

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Botox gave me about 90% relief. My acupuncturist tried a few different needle positions that were all helping but at the fourth session she had me lie on my chest and put 12 needles in my back and that must have triggered something. Since then I have noticed remarkable results. My twitching has been reduced dramatically.

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