Please help--tongue fasciculations

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Re: Please help--tongue fasciculations

Postby Neville86 on July 22nd, 2014, 8:00 am

I just tried that as best I could didn't do anything....:/
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Re: Please help--tongue fasciculations

Postby Neville86 on July 22nd, 2014, 8:02 am

Ok, so what if it doesn't seem to be doing this??
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Re: Please help--tongue fasciculations

Postby TwitchyDoc on July 22nd, 2014, 8:04 am

If you do not see anything after the hit of the edge of the tongue, it means there is not even hyperexcitability present. So I really think what you have is not the fasciculation - which makes sense if you cannot see it when the tongue is resting.
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Re: Please help--tongue fasciculations

Postby Neville86 on July 22nd, 2014, 8:07 am

Oh...I see. Thank you both for your replies.i have to ask: what does this say about more sinister stuff?
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Re: Please help--tongue fasciculations

Postby TwitchyDoc on July 22nd, 2014, 8:08 am

I do not get your question...there is no relation to sinister stuff.

Anyway, it is interesting you did not get anything when you hit your tongue, as Matt says, even my wife's tongue exhibits quite nice fasciculations when I flick it close to its edge.
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Re: Please help--tongue fasciculations

Postby Neville86 on July 22nd, 2014, 8:10 am

Maybe I'm doing it wrong? Haha I don't know.
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Re: Please help--tongue fasciculations

Postby Neville86 on July 22nd, 2014, 9:48 am

So I just flicked my tongue and it made my tongue looked weird in that spot like weird contractions. Is this it?
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Re: Please help--tongue fasciculations

Postby TwitchyDoc on July 22nd, 2014, 10:43 am

In the place you hit it (or close to that spot) a contractions/fasciculations should appear. Typically it is like twitching that subsides after a few seconds.

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Re: Please help--tongue fasciculations

Postby Neville86 on July 22nd, 2014, 10:50 am

Yeah that's where it popped up and it stopped after a few seconds. Why does this happen what does this mean?
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Re: Please help--tongue fasciculations

Postby Neville86 on July 22nd, 2014, 10:50 am

Congrats on the 1000 post!
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Re: Please help--tongue fasciculations

Postby TwitchyDoc on July 22nd, 2014, 10:54 am

Well, it only means that fasciculations can appear in all muscles and that tongue is for some reason a bit more excitable (for example, I am not able to induce them in my thenars but my wife can).

As for your questions: this is called idiomuscular contraction and usually causes just one twitch that is hard to see. This suggests that with BFS there is increased idiomuscular irritability but that is nothing really new.

As Matt says, it is normal and - it seems - not just among BFSers.
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Re: Please help--tongue fasciculations

Postby js1 on July 22nd, 2014, 12:16 pm

Yeah, man. If it helps, my tongue twitches non-stop in multiple ways (including the types of twitches in your video) and has for years. You'll waste months (and possibly years) if you obsess over this. You can always go to the neurologist and get examined, but if you're like me, you'll always find ways to question exams, tests, etc. Honestly, the best thing you can do is get anxiety meds and seek therapy. Don't look back five years from now and realize that you've wasted precious time. Remember: Every day you live is one less day you live. That goes for anyone -- people with disease, healthy people, and so on.

Nothing is guaranteed, and you need to be fine with a modicum of uncertainty. Go to a therapist; it will do wonders.
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Re: Please help--tongue fasciculations

Postby Neville86 on July 23rd, 2014, 2:47 pm

Great advice js1. So I happened to have a follow up with an ENT today for another issue which has resolved and I showed him my tongue. He told me I had slight hairy tongue for a couple minutes, looked at the twitch and said "oh yeah you got something going on there. My guess is you damaged it and it hasn't gotten a chance to heal." And that was it. Stop messing with it and it should go away. Uhhhhhh ok? Wth?
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Re: Please help--tongue fasciculations

Postby MarioMangler on July 24th, 2014, 10:35 am

Sounds like good advice, actually.
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Re: Please help--tongue fasciculations

Postby donnastar on July 25th, 2014, 7:51 pm

Sorry to jump in on these posts but that I wanted share I experienced my first tongue fasciculations today driving home from work. I felt a funny movement on my tongue and looked in the mirror at a red light. Right beside the tip of my tongue it was moving in and out rhythmically in the same spot. It looked like a dent when it moved in and then out. I've had body wide twitching for the past couple of years but never in the tongue. It's not a good feeling but guessing no different then those similar movements I've experienced in other places such as my thigh?
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