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jenniferk32
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I've never had any but since I started treatment in January I do. I feel compelled to shut my eyes really tight and then open them really wide many times in a row. I sniff and snort and make weird mouth movements.

But my brother has Asperger's and he has done all this since he was a very young child. I don't feel like I have a 'hint' of Asperger's because I've never been like this until now. Plus my social skills are great, and I know a whole lot about Asperger's because I'm a special ed teacher with a specialty in Autism. So I know that I don't have it because I know how they are.

So could it be the Lyme? It's very hard to control.

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Definitely - neurological Lyme can cause tics. I've had eye rolling, mouth twitches, winks, nose scrunch etc. Usually, I kind of know I am going to do it somehow and it feels like it is relieving some sort of muscle tension (very subtle feeling).

Do you have any other symptoms?
I think there are other neurological disorders which cause tics.

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Yes absolutely Lyme related. I got infected at the age of 12, and I started having facial tics soon after. I know exactly what you mean. They are almost impossible to stop and I remember being worried that kids would see me doing funny things with my face in school.

I have much less of this now, and I don't even think anyone would notice so maybe they're even gone...

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I use to have a tic in one of my eyes. Try magnesium supplements.
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Absolutely.

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Racer- I have a zillion lyme symptoms, probably 90% of the known symptoms. The most severe symptoms are neurological and psychiatric.

The weird thing though is that I've had lyme since 2000, when I remember having the EM rash and having no clue what it was. I just got diagnosed and started treatment in January and now I have the tics.

Although I have had the compulsive urge to clear my throat for years, so maybe the lyme die-off and the resulting inflammation is just making tics exponentially worse.

I don't know....hopefully they'll go away once I'm a lot better.

Thanks

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Carol in PA
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Facial and Eye Tics in Children:
The Links to Magnesium Deficiency
http://www.ctds.info/tics.html


Lyme Disease causes magnesium deficiency, as the bacteria use up the magnesium in our muscle and nerve cells.

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My son also had bad facial tics (hard blinking, mouth stretching, nose scrunching, throat clearing, eye rolling, wincing, and a shoulder shrug).

Magnesium did help a little - but didn't stop them.

I know of others that magnesium made a huge difference for.

Mycoplasma & strep can also cause tics.

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