To begin with, a small introduction – a description of the disease. A “terrible” disease called Hemifacial spasm, also known as – tic cramps. It is a condition that causes “tics” or muscle spasms on one side of the face. These tics are painless, although they may be uncomfortable, but are usually not life-threatening. However, as the patient’s condition worsens, the tics may become more frequent and interfere with the usual way of life.
You must have seen people suffering from “tics”. Agree that it looks, to put it mildly, not very good. Especially when the tics and twitches in the face area are intense, it immediately gives you goosebumps and you want to look away.
Hemifacial spasm is a fairly rare condition, with about 8-15 cases per 100,000 people. The disease is more common in middle-aged and elderly women (50 – 60 years).
Hemifacial spasm is a neuromuscular disorder, that is, the source of the disorder is the nerve, and the manifestation is a tick, which is a muscle contraction. Patients often first notice intermittent twitching of the eyelid muscles, which may overlap the eyes. As the disorder progresses, patients complain of spasms of the muscles of the lower face, which can lead to contraction of the corners of the mouth to one side. Some people also hear a clicking sound on the affected side when the spasm occurs.
If left untreated, facial spasms can eventually affect all the muscles on one side of the face in an almost continuous state of contraction. Hemifacial spasm usually occurs on only one side of the face, but in some cases both sides of the face are affected. An interesting fact is that the left side is affected more often than the right.
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How does the neural network see the pathological disease Hemifacial spasm?
Here, two variants generated by a neural network Kandinski pictures, for a simple query “Hemifacial spasm”. When I first saw the generated picture, I was very surprised how frightening and terrible the neural network sees this disease. And it doesn’t matter which style to choose “4k” (2nd picture) or “artstation” (1st picture), the result is identical.
In fact, the neural network is right about something, hemifacial spasm is caused by the pathology of the trigeminal nerve or trigeminal neuralgia, the sensations of which are very similar to electric shocks. Such pain occurs during routine activities such as chewing, laughing, touching the face. The picture literally describes the pain of a person suffering from diseases of the trigeminal nerve.
Despite the fact that these diseases are quite rare in a person’s life, it is important to understand already at the initial stage that the slightest signs of damage to the facial nerve, in the form of spasms and tics, can be “alarm bells”. So take care of yourself, consult a doctor in time)
I hope this article was useful and was able to open for the reader (you) the curtain of medical pathologies from the field of neuralgia.