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What are the causes of facial tics?

What are the causes of facial tics?

Many: Facial tics can be developmental (occurring as normal development signs in 6-8 year olds), or part of a motor movement disorder (such as tourette's) . Sometimes tics can be an adverse effect from medications. Also, tics can be caused by a neuroautoimmune process called panda's. See: intramural.Nimh.Nih.Gov/pdn/web.Htm. ...Read more

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Dr. Guillermo Philipps
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Tics (Definition)

Repetitive movements include motor tics such as lip smacking, head turning, jerking, or tremor : verbal tics such ...Read more


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What can cause facial tics?

What can cause facial tics?

Torette: One cause is tourette syndrome. Facial tics should be evaluated by a neurologist for all possible causes and treatments. ...Read more

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What causes facial tics and muscle spasms?

What causes facial tics and muscle spasms?

A number of things: Facial tics and spasms can occur because of anxiety, medication side effects, excess caffeine, low potassium etc. Most tics are short lived. If the symptoms persist it is best to see your doctor and get further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it true that facial tics can be caused by tumors?

Is it true that facial tics can be caused by tumors?

They can.: Brain or neural tumors can cause tics - however they are not a common cause for them. ...Read more

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Does bipolar disorder cause facial tics?

No: Facial tics are not included in the diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder. Facial tics can be caused by a few different things including medication side-effects. I have had patients who had both bipolar disorder and tourette syndrome. Each is a different condition. ...Read more

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Hello docs! can you tell me what could cause an 8 year old to have facial tics, nose flaring, etc. And skin peeling on hands?

Hello docs! can you tell me what could cause an 8 year old to have facial tics, nose flaring, etc. And skin peeling on hands?

Facial Tics: I strongly suggest you have this child seen by her pediatrician. Motor tics and skin peeling can be related to a strep infection. Considering a weekend holiday is coming up, I would see the physician by tomorrow. ...Read more

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What can help facial tics?

What can help facial tics?

Exam advised: Have a exam to find out he reason for the ticks by your doctor. ...Read more

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How to get help with facial tics?

See a psychologist: There are specialists who can help with tics and it ranges from behavioral techniques to medications. I would find psychogist/psychiatrist who specializes in tics to help you. ...Read more

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Is there a way to relieve my facial tics?

Is there a way to relieve my facial tics?

De-stress: If you don't have tourette's disease or some like condition, and no other situation is responsible, including both prescribed or "recreational" drugs--then de-stress. In resistant cases, consider obtaining cognitive behavioral therapy from a qualified psychologist, to teach you better coping mechanisms. ...Read more

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Facial tics in a 28 yr female, what to do?

Facial tics in a 28 yr female, what to do?

If they are not a : recurrence of a chronic tic disorder or Tourette Syndrome that began before age 18, then she needs to be evaluated for a cause, first by her primary care doctor, then by a neurologist, if need be. Adult-onset tics can be from a neurological disorder, trauma or infection affecting facial nerves or "meth" or cocaine ingestion. Tics must be differentiated from muscle spasms or twitches, myoclonus. ...Read more

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What can I do to address the weird facial tics i've had since I was little?

What can I do to address the weird facial tics i've had since I was little?

See a psychologist: There are specialists who can help with tics and it ranges from behavioral techniques to medications. I would find psychogist/psychiatrist who specializes in tics to help you. ...Read more

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I have been developing facial tics and making loud vocalizations the last three months. What might this be from?

Tic disorder: Many normal people have nervous habits and nervous tics. If these start to accumulate and become disruptive, and persist for more than a year, then this can be called tourette syndrome. A thorough medical evaluation is necessary. ...Read more

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Just because a person has severe facial tics, does that mean they have tourrettes as well?

Just because a person has severe facial tics, does that mean they have tourrettes as well?

Tourette's: Tourette's is a syndrome that may include facial tics, but also includes other motor and vocal tics. Facial tics, alone, do not constitute tourette's. ...Read more

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How can I get treatment for facial tics?

How can I get treatment for facial tics?

Have the exam : It will be a good idea to have the exam preformed by an internist or neurologist to determine the cause of the facial ticks. ...Read more

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Reasons for adult-onset facial tics? No history of medication, no history of tics nor tourette's. Started at age 22

Reasons for adult-onset facial tics? No history of medication, no history of tics nor tourette's.  Started at age 22

Maybe not tics: Would consider possibility of facial myokymia, and even the entity of "hemifacial spasm". Focal motor seizures might be cause. If just localized "tics" over one side of face, unlikely to be tourette's. Advise visit to neurologist, get examined and pursue etiology. ...Read more

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Can neurontin (gabapentin) help with facial tics?

Can neurontin (gabapentin) help with facial tics?

Rarely: Of all the patients I've placed on Neurontin (gabapentin) for tic disorder I've seen mild improvements in only a handful and I was never really able to convince myself that the "improvement" was real as opposed to me thinking they were better. There are better treatments for motor tics or dyskinesias/dystonias. You may write questions to me at: www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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Can you develop facial tics by purposely twitching for to long?

Can you develop facial tics by purposely twitching for to long?

No: Tics are stereotyped movements that are sudden and purposeless. Tics are exacerbated by stress and disappear during sleep. ...Read more

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I take tizanidine, have facial tics supposed to be side effect can't rembr what was called. Can you tell me plz?

I take tizanidine, have facial tics supposed to be side effect  can't rembr what was called. Can you tell me plz?

Drug side effects : Neurologic side effects of tizanidine include tremor, dyskinesias [likely the tic-like symptom you were referring to], seizures, asthenia, and somnolence. Should discuss this with your doctor, to get help being sure your symptoms represent the drug side effects ...Read more

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