Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Why Does My Tongue Involuntarily Twirl?

Thursday, 15 July 2010 03:57 PM

Question: I am a 56-year-old woman. About eight months ago my tongue started to curve to the side of my mouth. It will twirl around and around for a few seconds. I can stop it momentarily, but it will start up again. This goes on all day long and is driving me crazy. My doctor has no explanation, and suggested I see an ENT doctor, but I don't think that will help.

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

Involuntary movements (dyskinesia) of your tongue, or any involuntary movements of voluntary muscle, need to be further investigated for underlying causes. Although disease adjacent to the involved muscle may cause problems, this would be expected to be continuous, not intermittent. I recommend you seek an opinion from a neurology specialist for further evaluation and treatment options. It may turn out to be something as simple as a side-effect from medication or supplement, but do not delay evaluation.

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