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Tongue Spasms?

Tongue Spasms?

Never had a spasm in my tongue until just now. It lasted for about 15-20 minutes. Does anyone else get them? Kinda weird…hope it doesn’t start cramping up like the rest of my body.

posted August 2
A MyMSTeam Member

Yuck! Isn't MS great?! 🙂 What normal person would think that because of our "brain disease" we could have issues with our tongue?

But yes, I had that for a month or so. It's something to pay attention to. If it impacts your tongue in a big way, or especially if it interferes with swallowing (swallowing is a complex symphony of muscles working together) then call your doctor.

Mine was actually painful -- it hurt to move my tongue left/right. The "normal" sweeping action of using your tongue to sweep food out between your teeth and gum was difficult, clumsy and painful. Odd stuff.

I dealt with it by doubling down on all of the basics: water intake, diet, sleep, etc. -- making sure all that stuff was right. Made sure I wasn't stressing over anything.

Then I adopted "exercises." I'd look in a mirror and force my tongue to do different things, practiced facial movements (I was getting facial spasms at the same time) and pushed myself to use my tongue.

Over a few weeks things got back to normal.

posted August 2 (edited)
A MyMSTeam Member

You could be having some Trigeminal Neuralgia going on! If it's so, pray it stays tolerable. Known as tic douloureux in French meaning the "suicide disease" due to the pain it can cause. I can tell you about THAT! 🥶

posted September 28
A MyMSTeam Member

I had never heard of "face yoga" so I always likened it to the way actors will morph their face practicing different emotions with their face. But face yoga, face "stretching" or exercise is exactly what's needed.

It makes perfect sense that if stretching works to get our legs, hands or arms pliable and mobile that the same would work with facial or tongue muscles.

The *worst* thing that'll happen is you'll waste time, but at least you'll feel empowered that you're doing something.

posted August 3
A MyMSTeam Member

That sounds like it might be a good problem to have. lol

posted September 1
A MyMSTeam Member

Hope that helps. I never heard of a tongue twisting.

posted August 4

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