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HomeAnswersNeurologyoromandibular dystoniaMy mother has had spasms in her tongue for 30 years. What is wrong with her?

What is the cause of spasms in the tongue when sticking it out?


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Published At April 29, 2022
Reviewed AtSeptember 1, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My mother seems to have some sort of spasm in her tongue, which she has had for 30 years. She also says that she randomly gets headaches for no reason. Her spasm occurs when her tongue is sticking out, and it looks like it is twitching or something. I have looked into oromandibular dystonia, but I am not sure what she has exactly.

She has been to multiple hospitals, and they did not know what was wrong with her.

Answered by Dr. Aida Abaz Quka


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern and would explain that her symptoms could be related to oromandibular dystonia, an isolated form called lingual dystonia.

For this reason, I would suggest trying Clonazepam or Baclofen at low doses to help improve her situation. Other treatment options I suggest would be Tetrabenazine and Botulinum toxin injection. You should discuss with her doctor the above treatment options.

I hope you will find this answer helpful. I remain at your disposal for any further questions whenever you need them. Kind regards.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka
Dr. Aida Abaz Quka


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