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Developed a facial tic blinking eye with a head not. Is it serious something?

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My 25 year old healthy son has developed a facial tic- blinking eye with a head nod. I have not talked with him about it because I read that they will go away and dont want to make him more self conscious.
Posted Wed, 30 Oct 2013 in Brain and Spine
Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga 33 minutes later
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in many cases these types of neurological symptoms are related to stress or lack of adequate sleep. if that is the case for him it should improve as he gets more sleep or possibly if the stress level is reduced over the next few weeks.

If the symptoms persist or become more pronounced it would be something that should be evaluated by a neurologist or primary care physician. It is unlikely to represent a serious neurological issue. But if it does persist it is worth investigating

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Follow-up: Developed a facial tic blinking eye with a head not. Is it serious something? 21 minutes later
It has been going on for about 4 months- I mentioned it to him when I first noticed it 4 months ago. He said it happened when he was tired.
He does have a high stress job and works long hours but also has an active social life- no drugs just alcohol on the weekends.
He did have mild TMJ a year ago- could that be related?
Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga 1 hour later
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I doubt this is TMJ related.

If he drinks heavily - tics and neurological changes can occur. I realize this is unlikel but just a consideration and FYI.

I think it's worth investigating - first with a primary XXXXXXX medicine specialist and then likely a neurologist. imaging such as an MRI of the brain might be reasonable as well.

This may be NOTHING and temporary but still needs to be on the radar and followed closely.

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