Tongue Spasm

Tongue Spasm

Tongue Spasm
Tongue spasm is an informal name for a condition that doctors call lingual dystonia. Lingual means tongue, while dystonia is a medical term for a disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions, or spasms. Often a tongue spasm is a symptom of another condition or a side effect of medications, so it's important to let your doctor know if you experience it. Learn more about tongue spasms with expert advice from Sharecare.

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    The first step in diagnosing tongue spasm is to go to your doctor for a physical exam, which will include a review of your symptoms and your family's medical history. Your doctor will talk to you about your symptoms and may order more specialized tests. Your doctor may also refer you to a doctor who specializes in conditions that affect the brain, called a neurologist.

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    Depending on the cause of the tongue spasm, some people with tongue spasm experience other symptoms as well. Sometimes people with tongue spasm also blink their eyes involuntarily. They may also thrust their shoulders or purse their lips. Talk to your doctor if you have any of these symptoms in addition to tongue spasm. Your doctor can help you find the best treatment for your condition.

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    Tongue spasm symptoms are easy to recognize. This condition's main symptom is that people experience tongue movements that occur in all directions. People with tongue spasm may also have difficulty speaking and swallowing. People with tongue spasm may experience increased symptoms of tongue spasm when they are stressed or while they are speaking. The symptoms of tongue spasm decrease when people are relaxed or sleeping.

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    Tongue spasm can affect the body in a variety of ways. Nerves in the brain can no longer communicate with parts of the body responsible for voluntary movement in the mouth. This can make certain activities difficult like eating or speaking.

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    To prepare for your appointment, make a list of important questions to ask your doctor. You might want to ask about treatments that are available to you and get referrals for some specialists, such as a physical therapist or a neurologist, a doctor who specializes in brain disorders. You may also want to bring a friend to help you remember what to ask and to help keep track of your doctor's answers.

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    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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    It is difficult to say if tongue spasm can be prevented because the causes are not clearly understood. In some cases, tongue spasm is caused by stroke or a genetic disorder that cannot be prevented. However, people who take certain antipsychotic drugs that cause tongue spasm can prevent this condition by taking alternative medications.

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    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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    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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    Tongue spasm is an informal name for a condition that doctors call lingual dystonia. Lingual means tongue, while dystonia is a medical term for a disorder that causes involuntary muscle contractions, or spasms. Tongue spasms can make it difficult to swallow food. A tongue spasm may develop due to nerve problems or may be a side effect of particular medications. Treatment for tongue spasm will depend on the underlying cause.
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