Irresistible urge to make small movements

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Shohei Harase

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Shohei Harase, MD

Neurology

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

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 certain noise). Most tics will improve with 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.

  • Paroxysmal exercise-induced dance athetosis

  • Huntington's disease

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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