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Doctor insights on: Involuntary Movements (Eg, Lip Smacking, Picking)

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Involuntary movements of the eye and lip. I have this small contractions of the lip and a small movement in the eye for about a month. What can it be. ?

Involuntary movements of the eye and lip. I have this small contractions of the lip and a small movement in the eye for about a month. What can it be.
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Hemifacial spasm: If the eye is forcibly closing with a contraction of the same side of the face and an upward moving of the lip then this may be hemifacial spasm. This is usually a benign condition but evaluation by an eyemd is needed to rule out associated eye or neurological pathology. ...Read more

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Involuntary movements an issue? Have invol. Movements only when i try sleeping. Lip puckering/ twitching. Jaw moving. Muscle twitch. Face twitching.

Involuntary movements an issue? Have invol. Movements only when i try sleeping. Lip puckering/ twitching. Jaw moving. Muscle twitch. Face twitching.

Could be normal.: Involuntary movements may occur during the dreaming phase of sleep. Some people may have difficulty getting to sleep because they worry a lot and when they finally fall asleep their muscles twitch which can cause them to wake up. It can also happen when you are very tired and yet you may have a hard time to relax and sleep. I wouldn't worry too much about this. ...Read more

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I am experiencing constant, repetitive, involuntary movements and twitches in my mouth, stomach, abdomen, and legs. Have anxiety & depress. Take med?

I am experiencing constant, repetitive, involuntary movements and twitches in my mouth, stomach, abdomen, and legs.  Have anxiety & depress.  Take med?

MOVEMENT DISORDER: This needs careful evaluation and diagnosis. You may be experiencing a reaction from prior medications, such as tardive dyskinesia, but you may be developing a new problem such as myoclonus, or choreoathetotic issues. See a neurologist and get this pin-pointed. ...Read more

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My uncle recently began to have involuntary movements of the arms, legs, feet and mouth (like a breathing fish) with movements of tongue inside mouth?

My uncle recently began to have involuntary movements of the arms, legs, feet and mouth (like a breathing fish) with movements of tongue inside mouth?

Chorea: Chorea is dance like movement of the arms and trunk. Many movement disorders can be associated with this symptom. Certain medications can also cause these symptoms, especially the ones you are describing in the tongue, which may represent tardive dyskinesia. ...Read more

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Grandma (88) has developed involuntary mouth movements - (tongue pushes out lower lip) from taking antipsychotics. Discontinue or lower dose?

Grandma (88) has developed involuntary mouth movements - (tongue pushes out lower lip) from taking antipsychotics. Discontinue or lower dose?

Tardive dyskinesia: These movements in your grandma's mouth may be tardive dyskinesia, which is common in elderly women on antipsychotics like risperidone. It's very unfortunate, but reducing the dose may increase the movements at least temporarily. Please talk with her psychiatrist about this; assessing her psychotic symptoms is important in making therapeutic changes. I'm so sorry she's experiencing this. ...Read more

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Can vagina n labia/lips open/expand by exhaling, n contract by inhaling during heavy breathing, n is it voluntary/involuntary pelvic muscles movement ?

Can vagina n labia/lips open/expand by exhaling, n contract by inhaling during heavy breathing, n is it voluntary/involuntary pelvic muscles movement ?

Voluntary: The muscles of the pelvic floor (the ones around the vagina, in the labia, etc) are skeletal muscles or "voluntary." you can learn to contract and expand them well. Kegel exercises are a widely accepted way of improving your use of these muscles. ...Read more

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How come I have involuntary head movements or tremors while sitting still?

How come I have involuntary head movements or tremors while sitting still?

Movement disorder: Resting tremor is worrisome. Some persons are nervous and have a need to move even when trying to sit still. This may be normal, but may indicate a disorder. Tourette sydrome can begin in this manner as can parkinsonism. A thorough medical evaluation would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Involuntary movement of head and shoulders just has movement getting worse

Involuntary movement of head and shoulders just has movement getting worse

I'm : I'm sorry but this question is difficult to answer over the internet. What you need to do is to see a neurologist interested in movement disorder who will be able to diagnose the problem after seeing it. It could be any number of things that are potentially treatable. Good luck. ...Read more

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Involuntary arm movements my arm moves and hits on the head continuously?

Involuntary arm movements
my arm moves and hits on the head continuously?

Arm jerking: Involuntary arm jerking may represent either seizure or motor tics, in case of seizure if the arm jerking is sudden and vigorus with preserving of awareness, it can be a myoclonic seizure, if the movement is rhythmic in one side and unable to control it but can feel it, so it can be a simple partial seizure, then eeg can help in the diagnosis. The other possibility is motor tic with normal eeg. ...Read more

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Are some mild involuntary head and mouth movements normal in elderly, (89) or are they only caused by medications like Seroquel (quetiapine)?

Are some mild involuntary head and mouth movements normal in elderly,  (89) or are they only caused by medications like Seroquel (quetiapine)?

Involuntary movement: Are likely extrapyramidal symptoms from effects anti psychotic medications. Have psychiatric / movement disorder specialist evaluation as other CNs conditions can lead to involuntary movement ...Read more

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My son is 3 years, 5 months. He has recently started having occasional episodes where he inhales as if short of breath while sitting or without moving. He has also for the last few days had frequent involuntary neck/head movement. No pain complains. ?

My son is 3 years, 5 months. He has recently started having occasional episodes where he inhales as if short of breath while sitting or without moving. He has also for the last few days had frequent involuntary neck/head movement. No pain complains. ?

Possibly tics?...: One who makes repeated noises or movements, or twitches his face, may have tics, which are exaggerated habits. Of course, he might have allergies or throat irritation that "encourage" tics to continue because irritation makes him sense there is some throat discomfort. Some doctors check for strep throat when a child has new tics with throat symptoms. "Reminders" worsen tics. See pediatrician. ...Read more

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Hi i m experiencing involuntary muscle movemnts, i had a kind of head injury 2 years back,is it dangerous to hv muscle movmnt?

Hi i m experiencing involuntary muscle movemnts, i had a kind of head injury 2 years back,is it dangerous to hv muscle movmnt?

Not dangerous but: While it may not be dangerous, you should see a neurologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Any advice? I have suddenly developed 'tics' (involuntary movements)?

Any advice? I have suddenly developed 'tics' (involuntary movements)?

See your doctor: You should see your doctor to be examined. They can help determine the cause, if there is an underlying neurologic reason or if it is Tourette's syndrome or a transient tic disorder. ...Read more

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I get involuntary movements when very stressed/frightened /have flashing lights or screens in front of me/had lots caffeine/very lil sleep.What is it?

I get involuntary movements when very stressed/frightened /have flashing lights or screens in front of me/had lots caffeine/very lil sleep.What is it?

Anxiety: You may be suffering from an anxiety disorder in addition to excess caffeine effects. Consult with your doctor to understand the origin of your distress, if you are cleared medically consult a clinical psychologist to help you lessen your anxiety and learn new ways of coping. Anxiety is based for the most part on inaccurate perceptions. Best. ...Read more

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Possible causes of involuntary movements/twitches?

Possible causes of involuntary movements/twitches?

Some causes: Hereditary dystonia, Tourette's, myoclonic jerks and myoclonic epilepsy, Parkinson's, Huntington's, post-traumatic reactions, tardive dykinesia, medication reactions. ...Read more

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Lipoprotein (A) (Definition)

Lp(a) is a series of Amino Acids which have a similar structure, and therefore the "key" as plasminogen, a natural blood thinner and clot desolver. Unfortunately, lp(a) doesn't act like plasminogen and break down clots, so you are more likely to have problems if clots can't be broken down. It is genetic, nml levels are up to 30 in caucasians, up to 60 in blacks. ...Read more