Tongue Spasm

Tongue Spasm

Spasming or twitching of the tongue is a symptom, not a condition, so you need to ask your doctor. The symptom can be mild or severe, and even a quick web search shows almost 500 different conditions in which a symptom may be a muscle convulsion in your tongue.

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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate
    Tongue spasms are a form of dystonia, a condition that can affect people of all ages. Aging can affect the way a person responds to medication. Over time dystonia may cause painful inflammation in the muscles that experience spasm, including those in the mouth.
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    Dystonia and Meige's syndrome are two disorders in which people may experience tongue spasm as a symptom. Both disorders result in involuntary contractions of the muscles, which may affect the muscles in the face or mouth. Treatment options can help to manage symptoms of the disorders.

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    Surgery is not usually a treatment for tongue spasm. This condition is usually treated with medication, and it sometimes goes away on its own. Talk to your doctor to find the best treatment option for you.

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    Several medications are used to treat tongue spasm. Botulinum toxin (Botox) is often used to paralyze muscles that cause tongue spasm. Other medications that doctors use for tongue spasm include light sedatives, such as clonazepam, or baclofen. Talk to your doctor about medications that are used for tongue spasm.

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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate

    If your eyes blink during tongue spasm you may have a condition known as dystonia. Involuntary blinking of the eyes is one of the many symptoms of dystonia, a neurological movement disorder that causes uncontrolled and involuntary muscle contractions.

    Lingual dystonia is a specific type of the condition that affects the tongue and causes it to twitch or tremor. Other conditions may also cause eye blinking and tongue spasms, so it's important to see your doctor if you have these symptoms.

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    Your tongue spasm may not go away. Tongue spasm can have a variety of causes. All tongue spasm cases are different, but sometimes the symptoms of this condition can disappear. Talk to your doctor about a prognosis for your tongue spasm.

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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate
    If you are experiencing tongue spasms that won't go away, it's a good idea to see a doctor. You can prepare by making notes about your symptoms and writing down any questions you may have. Tongue spasms can be caused by many things, including stroke, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis. A number of antipsychotic drugs can also cause tongue spasms. If necessary, your doctor can take an EEG or refer you to a neurologist. Other tests, such as MRI or CT scan, can reveal possible neurological problems.
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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate
    Tongue spasm, or twitching and convulsions of the tongue can be inherited, but is usually a side effect of certain medications and medical conditions, such as cerebral palsy. If you are taking medications that are causing tongue spasm, ask your doctor about switching to another medication.
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    Tongue spasm can be caused by other illnesses. Some examples of illnesses that can cause tongue spasm include multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy. Stroke is another common cause of tongue spasm.

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    Depending on the cause of your tongue spasm, the condition can be serious. In some cases, tongue spasm may be caused by a more serious underlying disorder. See your doctor if you have tongue spasm.

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