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Abnormal Tongue Movement (Definition)

Abnormal tongue movements is a symptom in which a person's tongue has unusual movements, such as twitching or twisting movements spontaneously, or some undesired movements while trying to speak, chew, or swallow. The cause may be a problem with the nerves ...Read more


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How likely is it that a abnormal tongue thrust corrected by a speech therapist?

How likely is it that a abnormal tongue thrust corrected by a speech therapist?

Good with practice: Nobody teaches a newborn how to swallow. Many combinations are possible, depending on the shape of the nipple used in feeding them when firstborn. Tongue thrust results when the tip of the tongue touches the teeth instead of the ridges of the palate. Since we swallow hundreds of times a day, this powerful muscle can move the front teeth creating problems. Therapists teach optimal swallowing. ...Read more

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How likely is it that a abnormal tongue thrust to be corrected?

How likely is it that a abnormal tongue thrust to be corrected?

Depends on cause.: Allergies, enlarged adenoids/tonsils, thumb/finger sucking, or a tongue anchored to the floor of the mouth are common causes. Heredity, neurological and muscular problems can contribute to this. See an ear nose and throat physician to evaluate the problem. Occupational/physical therapy can be helpful too. ...Read more

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In what way can the thyroid affect tongue movement?

In what way can the thyroid affect tongue movement?

Tongue: None that I know of unless you have a very high thyroid level. Check with your doctor. If it is not thyroid please see a gastroenterologist or an Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor. ...Read more

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Weird sensation under tongue & slight odd tongue movements. Not interfering w/ anything, but concerns me. Not constant. Sometimes after stimulants.

Weird sensation under tongue & slight odd tongue movements. Not interfering w/ 
anything, but concerns me. Not constant. Sometimes after stimulants.

Tongue fasiculations: can be caused by stimulants,neurologic disorders,Parkinson's Dz,etc..These are little involuntary movements in the tongue muscle.Even in normal people this can occur a little.Sort of like a tremor if you extend and spread out your fingers.For U,at 23yrs old,I wouldn't worry too much. ...Read more

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Can a blocked saliva gland affect tongue movement?

Can a blocked saliva gland affect tongue movement?

No: A blockage - usually a stone from a condition called sialadenitis - can cause local irritation and even mild local swelling. But your tongue movement would not be affected. You can suck on lemon drops and see if that removes the stone. A firm or hard swelling that affects tongue movement needs to be checked right away for possible tumor mass. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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Do uncontrolled tongue movements from antipsychotic use get worse over time?

Do uncontrolled tongue movements from antipsychotic use get worse over time?

They can: They can get worse, especially in older women. You and your psychiatrist will be faced with deciding whether your need for the medication overrides this symptom. If the antipsychotic dose is decreased, the movements may increase, at least temporarily. After a time they may decrease or stop, if the medication is stopped. Tardive dyskinesia can be very difficult to manage. ...Read more

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Strong neck spasm with tongue pain after quick movement of neck. Now pain in Low Ri head/up Ri neck with feeling of bugs on head. What to do now?

Strong neck spasm with tongue pain after quick movement of neck. Now pain in Low Ri head/up Ri neck with feeling of bugs on head. What to do now?

More info needed: Thanks for your question! To me it sounds like a condition known as torticollis. In severe cases of muscle spasm, muscle relaxers and even sedatives are often needed to provide relief. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Abnormal Tongue (Definition)

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