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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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate
    Surgery is not always necessary to treat tongue spasm, a condition in which the tongue often moves rapidly in different directions. Treatments also include anti-seizure medications or injections with botulinum toxin (commonly called Botox). If these treatments don’t bring relief, you may be referred for surgery, especially if there is evidence that something is pressing against a nerve in your tongue. 
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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate
    Medications to treat tongue spasm include sedatives such as baclofen or clonazepam to reduce involuntary twitching or convulsions of the tongue. Botox can also be used to help paralyze muscles to prevent uncontrolled tongue convulsions.
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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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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate
    Because a tongue spasm can have many causes, it's hard to say if it will go away. Tongue spasms often gets better or goes away for short or even long periods, but for most people, it never really disappears for good.
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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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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate
    Tongue spasms -- involuntary tongue movement or twitching -- can be caused by various illnesses. Stroke, cerebral palsy, and multiple sclerosis, for instance, affect the part of the brain that controls muscle movement. The result may be tongue spasms. Disorders such as dystonia and Meige's syndrome produce involuntary contractions of face and mouth muscles and could cause tongue spasms.
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    ADe Vizio, DMD, Dentist, answered on behalf of Colgate
    A tongue spasm is an example of a focal dystonia, which is an involuntary and sometimes painful movement of muscles in the body -- in this case, the muscles in the tongue. Tongue spasms can be serious if they make talking and swallowing difficult and uncomfortable.
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