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Have facial tics. Taken magnesium, calcium, done facial massage, EFT. How to cope with the problem?

Im a 23 year old suffering from facial tic disorder . Usually happens (or threatens to happen) whenever I have excessive emotions (i have a mild anxiety disorder ). It first came about 6 years ago and it was a very embarassing moment. I seemed to have forgotten about it for a while but it never completely went away. Now its threatening my life again. I ve tried all sorts of things like magnesium and calcium intake, facial massage, EFT but to no avail. Its hurting my social life. What else could i possibly try to help cope with this problem? P/S: I have had numerous injuries on my head as i was growing up.
Thu, 14 Mar 2013
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Thank you for posting your query.

First of all, let me reassure you that good treatments are available to deal with facial tics.

Medications likely to help include trihexiphenidyl, tetrabenazine, sodium valproate, etc. Please consult a neurologist for the choice of appropriate drug and its dose.

In addition, reducing the anxiety would also help. Counseling and seeing a psychologist would help.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)

Senior Consultant Neurologist

Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad,

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