Treating Lingual Dystonia
Your healthcare professional is best positioned to offer treatment tailored to your specific needs according to your condition's severity.
Speech therapy, swallowing therapy, and regular relaxation practices like meditation can help. Other sensory tricks have shown to temporarily improve symptoms as well, like:
- Touching your lips or your chin
- Chewing gum
- Biting a toothpick
- Or placing a finger underneath your chin
According to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, about a third of people who experience dystonia symptoms in their mouth see improvements when they take certain oral medications like clonazepam, trihexyphenidyl, diazepam, tetrabenazine, or baclofen.
A more aggressive form of treatment is botulinum toxin injection (more commonly known as Botox). This compound doesn't just plump up lips and remove wrinkles, it can temporarily paralyze muscles in your face to stop spasms a few days after the injection. According to the National Institutes of Health, treatment needs to be repeated after several months when the effects wear off. Side effects can include swallowing difficulties, slurred speech, and weakness in the injection area.
If you're experiencing tongue spasms that aren't going away or that are concerning you, contact your health professional right away. The treatment approach they will take depends on various factors, but they will likely be able to help reduce your symptoms significantly. Tongue spasms can be frustrating to deal with, but with proper diagnosis and therapy, you can get back to a normal and happy life that keeps you smiling.