Droopy Mouth Indicative of a stroke! No.

A drooping mouth is often construed as indicative of a stroke. However, it is also a feature of Multiple Sclerosis accompanied by numbness and tingling in the cheek or scalp.

Stroke Symptom
Lop-Sided Smile

I may have exhibited this symptom for many years but, it was not until I tried to take a new selfie for my Twitter Profile that I became aware of how pronounced the facial drooping was. I had been trying, quite deliberately, to put on a smile and found that I couldn’t. The left side of my mouth just would not curl up in the manner that I felt it was.

This is, clearly, down to a lack of muscle control and I am not surprised that this in conjunction with my, often, slurred speech leads people to think I am either drunk or demented. I am not having a stroke. I know what a stroke looks like, my sister died a few years ago after having a massive brain haemorrhage and spending many months in intensive care, to no avail.

You may still smile with MS

On a lighter note it does not incapacitate me, although other of my MS symptoms can and do from time to time. I know that speech problems are not unusual in people with MS but, I have not heard of people with this particular limitation. I am sure there must be people with this problem but, they like me, may not be aware of it.

Multiple Sclerosis is NOT a death sentence; life is! We all face many tribulations in life and we will all age and, ultimately, die. It is not something to be morbid about. Life presents many challenges, overcoming them is a reason to be happy; so smile, even if your smile is a little crooked.

SMILE, if you can, even smiling inwardly will make you feel so much better! My wife has been looking at Mallorca holidays again. That should be a reason to smile.

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I am not having a stroke; I have MS
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2 thoughts on “I am not having a stroke; I have MS

  • March 5, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you for sharing your picture. I have bilateral trigeminal neuralgia. I was diagnosed with it it 2010. I have many symptoms of MS but have not been diagnosed with it. My smile is something that has bothered me for a long time time. It’s one of those things I just don’t bring up at my appointments. When I saw your picture….well that’s exactly what my smile looks like. Maybe I’m not going crazy!!

    • March 6, 2016 at 9:17 am

      I’m sure you are not going crazy. I guess nobody’s smile is perfect but you are who you are and I am who I am.

      Strangely enough some people like me and it is certain that many will like you.

      MS symptoms can occur in other conditions, so don’t be too hasty in trying to diagnose it – you don’t want it, MS Sucks

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