I can't smile

I can't smile easily. The muscles on the right side of my face are particularly tight. When I do smile it's such an effort I feel like I'm grimacing. Is anyone else having this problem? I'm wondering if facial massage and exercise might help. Any ideas?

Facial stiffness is pretty frequently an effect seen in TN. Some patients do indeed report that facial massage helps them. Be a bit careful, however, of what is sometimes called "fascial release", and even more careful if you have distinct trigger zones in your face. Deep massage on a trigger point can set off horriffic breakthrough pain.

Regards and best,.

Red