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  1. nosoupforyou

    The Mask

    No no no, not that "Mask". When did you all start noticing "The Mask?" I had light facial stiffness beginning about the same time my mild stiffness in my right shoulder, neck and right hip began, I'd say at about 31 (32 now). My first notice of it was when I smiled in the mirror while talking to someone in the other room--I saw it and thought, "Why in the world do I have a one sided smile?" I'm not a selfie taker so it never even came to mind, but one side of my smile wasn't playing ball. I also noticed if I made a really intense frowning expression, my muscles in that area would have a tendency to get "hung up" and stuck sometimes. Mom always told me to stop making faces or it would stick that way. Now about a year later my facial expressions are less and less, at least when I'm not on Requip. It's a strange thing, because I've always been a really expressive and demonstrative person, and I'm starting to look kinda pissed off all the time (anyone remember the Seinfeld episode where Uncle Leo draws on his eyebrows too high, and the doctor tells him to "calm down?" Something like that). In a nutshell, I blink much less often now, my forehead and eyebrows feel stiff as a board and my lip does this weird stiff overhang when I talk. This has been a progressive thing, I didn't wake up as tin man or anything. I've never played poker before, but I feel like I can clean up if anyone invites me to a game. Because I work directly with the public in higher education, sometimes I'm self-conscious of the fact that my expression is starting to not match up with my mood. Given that I am in diagnosis limbo (wrote a small novel in my other thread about that) this is just another symptom to take to my new MDS in Feb and say "okay, what is this?" But when did you guys start noticing the stare/mask issue in yourself? Or I guess the better question is when did others notice?
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