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Exaggerated facial expressions

I know abut the bank stare. that I have seen a few times but have not read anything about exaggerated facial expressions. When he coughs (which is a lot) he looks like he is in dire agony face all scrunched up and if he laughs at something, the same face all scrunched up eyes closed. He makes these expressions a lot even if he farts looks like he is in dire pain which he isn't!!!! Just haven't seen this mentioned anywhere????

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That happens to my hubby too - particularly when he laughs or sometimes gets frustrated to a sort of apoplectic rigidity and red-facedness!! Just seems to be part of the brain reaction: seems to go along with odd emotional responses at times such as giggling while shedding tears at an emotional part in a movie. That last one is front-temporal effect I think.

So much we just have to roll with...!!


My husband sometime looks like he has been scared half to death,and when he smiles it looks pretty screwed up,and if anyone farts on tv he laughs so hard he cries.



A friend told me about musical therapy and I see that it produce very nice moments!

I feel identified with the process Dee !!

Perhaps the recitals "live and direct" must be the "no more" of the therapy!




Yes Richard glares at you or into mid air, then coughs but looks as if he is in pain. Another part of the condition.

Keep smiling.


Steve always had his "mask" on, but I always knew exactly what he was thinking or suffering and yes, he did screw his face up into weird positions at times. Just part and parcel of the neurons not sending the correct messages.

Lots of love


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I agree with the other posts today , Ivor's face changes, I didn't notice before he was diagnosed with PSP. But then I wasn't looking for it...Brenda. .


Yes Mum's face is often pulling into funny positions with twitches and spasms and can look like in enormous pain but isn't when asked. She isn't aware it is doing it.


Hi daffodil48 !

We also find that situation in our case.

What we do is take it with humor and without too much concern.

We wonder what face will put the day something important happens and if we know how to distinguish it.

We are guided by intuition and apply the Oakland rule: The most likely is that it is the least complicated.

If it does not work we consult with a family physician.




It sounds like he is having blepharospasms. These can cause forced closing of the eyelid or like my husband, a kind of scrunched up appearance of his eyes and upper cheek area. He receives Botox injections which have helped tremendously.


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