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What causes twitching of bottom lip with habit of chewing tobacco?

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Posted on Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Question: I use chewing tobacco, for the last several days my bottom lip has been twitching fairly often, especially if I pucker my lip and then let it relax (it will twitch afterward). Is this a sign of anything serious other then my own anxiety:)?
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Answered by Dr. Sowbhagya (38 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
fasiculation, Magnesium supplements, stop tobacco

Detailed Answer:
Hello,Thanks for your queiry at hcm, i have gone through your queiry.

Firstly, chewing tobacco is not good for health, as i'm sure you know about it.. So try stopping it over a gradual period,, if it has been long term..

Secondly, lip twitching which you are feeling are called as fasiculation, it occurs as a result of irritability of the nerve fibres (especially the motor component of a nerve)..

There are lot of causes, the most common are due to magnesium deficiency. It usually results in hyperexcitablity, muscle weakness, and fasiculations..

Since you feel it may be due to your own anxiety, you may be right.. So don't worry, try reducing the anxiety by keeping yourself calm, do breathing exercises, try yoga...

To overcome magnesium deficiency you could take nutritious food, leafy vegetables, nuts and wheat XXXXXXX .

Regarding chewing tobacco habit if it long term as i mentioned earlier, please have a consult with a oral physician for a check up of your oral mucosa..

If problem persists regarding fasiculation, which can be distrubing, please consult a internal medicine specialist for a check up and treatment..

Hope it helps,, take care..
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What causes twitching of bottom lip with habit of chewing tobacco?

Brief Answer: fasiculation, Magnesium supplements, stop tobacco Detailed Answer: Hello,Thanks for your queiry at hcm, i have gone through your queiry. Firstly, chewing tobacco is not good for health, as i'm sure you know about it.. So try stopping it over a gradual period,, if it has been long term.. Secondly, lip twitching which you are feeling are called as fasiculation, it occurs as a result of irritability of the nerve fibres (especially the motor component of a nerve).. There are lot of causes, the most common are due to magnesium deficiency. It usually results in hyperexcitablity, muscle weakness, and fasiculations.. Since you feel it may be due to your own anxiety, you may be right.. So don't worry, try reducing the anxiety by keeping yourself calm, do breathing exercises, try yoga... To overcome magnesium deficiency you could take nutritious food, leafy vegetables, nuts and wheat XXXXXXX . Regarding chewing tobacco habit if it long term as i mentioned earlier, please have a consult with a oral physician for a check up of your oral mucosa.. If problem persists regarding fasiculation, which can be distrubing, please consult a internal medicine specialist for a check up and treatment.. Hope it helps,, take care..