Tics

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About the symptom

Tics are repetitive movements or sounds. The person experiencing tics cannot control them. Tics are due to changes in the parts of the brain that control movement.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Irresistible urge to make small movements

Possible causes

  • Tics

    A condition where the patient experiences a strong, almost irresistible urge to perform an action (e.g., shaking the head, squeezing the eyes, or making a particular noise). Most tics will improve with the transition to adulthood; however, the condition may persist for some. Known triggers include sleep deprivation, excitement, and stressful events.

  • Hyperactivity disorder

    Hyperactivity disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is chronic condition characterized by attention difficulty, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. It often begins in childhood and can cause a child to have trouble in school, at home, or with friends. Causes may include genetics, head injury, exposure to environmental risks (e.g., lead) during pregnancy or at a young age, alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy, premature delivery, low birth weight. It's is more common in male cildren.

  • Spiny red cell chorea

    Spiny red cell chorea or Chorea-acanthocytosis is neurological condition characterized by misshapen, spiny red blood cells (acanthocytosis) and chorea. Chorea is characterized by rapid, involuntary, purposeless movements. It's caused by inherited gene mutations.

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have repetitive movements such as jerking your shoulders, twitching your face muscles, or blinking your eyes?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have problems focusing or a reduced sense of awareness in your surroundings?

  • Do you feel any numbness or change in sensation?

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