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Involuntary shoulder shrugging?

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  • Posted By: AveMaria02
  • October 21, 2010
  • 10:04 AM

Hey everyone. When I was a teenager, I had this thing where I would involuntarily shrug my shoulders several times in a row and then it'd stop for a short bit and start up again later that day. Well, this went on for a couple of years and then it went away for several years until this past June. It started again and I can't control it. I have no idea why I do this but I sometimes don't even realize when I am doing it. It has become very troublesome because it embarrasses me and it caused me to injure my shoulder through repetitive shrugging. I dealt with near constant shoulder, arm, and underarm pain for over a month due to this injury. Anyway, I finally got my doctor to refer me to a neurologist. Does anyone have any idea what may be causing this?

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  • Hey everyone. When I was a teenager, I had this thing where I would involuntarily shrug my shoulders several times in a row and then it'd stop for a short bit and start up again later that day. Well, this went on for a couple of years and then it went away for several years until this past June. It started again and I can't control it. I have no idea why I do this but I sometimes don't even realize when I am doing it. It has become very troublesome because it embarrasses me and it caused me to injure my shoulder through repetitive shrugging. I dealt with near constant shoulder, arm, and underarm pain for over a month due to this injury. Anyway, I finally got my doctor to refer me to a neurologist. Does anyone have any idea what may be causing this? I have the same problem,I never knew I did it until my girlfriend told me that my best friend asked her why I always shrugged my right shoulder.She thought I knew I was doing it and never thought to say any thing about it to me.She just thought my shirt was bothering me and I was just adjusting it by shrugging my shoulder.Since I have been made aware of my shoulder shrugging it drives me nuts,I can't stop it and have no clue why it happens,I've started to notice that my left shoulder has started to shrug as well,some times with my right but they mostly shrug seperatly.I'm going to see my Doctor this Thursday to see what he has to say. I don't know if it happens more when I'm relaxed or if I'm just more aware of it happening when I'm not busy.I notice it the most when I'm standing around talking with friends or on the computer.My girlfriend say's I've done it for years. We could have "Tics" I did find this info about simple tic's: Simple ticsSimple motor tics are typically sudden, brief, meaningless movements that usually involve only one group of muscles, such as eye blinking, head jerking or shoulder shrugging. Motor tics can be of an endless variety and may include such movements as hand clapping, neck stretching, mouth movements, head, arm or leg jerks, and facial grimacing.A simple phonic tic can be almost any sound or noise, with common vocal tics being throat clearing, sniffing, or grunting. "Although tic disorders are commonly considered to be childhood syndromes, tics occasionally develop during adulthood; adult-onset tics often have a secondary cause. Tics that begin after the age of 18 are generally not considered symptoms of Tourette's syndrome.Tests may be ordered as necessary to rule out other conditions: for example, when diagnostic confusion between tics and seizure activity exists, an EEG may be ordered, or symptoms may indicate that an MRI is needed to rule out brain abnormalities. TSH levels can be measured to rule out hypothyroidism, which can be a cause of tics. Brain imaging studies are not usually warranted. In teenagers and adults presenting with a sudden onset of tics and other behavioral symptoms, a urine drug screen for cocaine and stimulants might be necessary. If a family history of liver disease is present, serum copper and ceruloplasmin levels can rule out Wilson's disease. most cases"
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