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Can't control tongue

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  • Posted By: TenseiHenry
  • March 29, 2009
  • 06:54 AM

Ok I really need help , this problem has been keeping me up all night. I'm having trouble controlling my tongue... like it keeps going to the roof of my mouth, but whenever I want it to do an action it kind of just twitching up in down like a wave and it's gross. I'm really having trouble falling asleep. I remember this happened to me once before, but I have no clue what it could be and I couldn't find anything trying to look it up either. Some other things though are I'm also having trouble controlling other muscles in my face (mouth,eyes, & nose) and that keep cramping up and acting funny too.

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  • Ok I really need help , this problem has been keeping me up all night. I'm having trouble controlling my tongue... like it keeps going to the roof of my mouth, but whenever I want it to do an action it kind of just twitching up in down like a wave and it's gross. I'm really having trouble falling asleep. I remember this happened to me once before, but I have no clue what it could be and I couldn't find anything trying to look it up either. Some other things though are I'm also having trouble controlling other muscles in my face (mouth,eyes, & nose) and that keep cramping up and acting funny too.Hi TenseiHenry,How long have you had this problem? Are you taking any daily medications?Regards,John
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  • Hey TenseiHenry, I am fortunate to find this post for I have the same problem! I noticed it this weekend, my tongue was stuck to the roof of my mouth, and every time I stopped paying attention to relaxing it, it would float back up to the roof of my mouth.While I have heard that it is good to have the tongue to the roof of the mouth while breathing out (it completes a circuit with the front of the body and the frontal lobes of the brain), it is important to relax the tongue while breathing in to maintain a balance. I have noticed chronic neck, jaw, and face tension over the past few months - primarily on the right side. I have been doing everything in my power to find and releive the cause of this tension. My regimen included regular massage, myofascial work (I am learning massage therapy so I just had my friends help me out here), yoga (2-3x week), lots of stretching in tight areas - right hamstring, glutes, low back, shoulder and especially scalenes and trapezius along the top of the shoulder in particular.After doing all of this for some time I have noticed only temporary relief. It was not until the other night that I realized my tongue was STUCK to the roof of my mouth. I realized that I have had this holding pattern for almost a year now - it's amazing what we don't notice if we don't direct our attention to it. Since this realization I have been actively letting my jaw and tongue "hang-out," in other words - relaxing them as much as possible when I can. I have noticed a lot of tension under my jaw (in the hyoids, SCM and digastric) that has begun to improve from conscious relaxation and breathing. I beleive the tongue lifting is worse when I am enduring a lot of stress or anxiety, so I am working on retraining my mouth and tongue to not have this reactionary holding pattern when I am stressed - at least temporarily while the muscles and bones adjust. Right before I fall asleep I have noticed the tongue drifting up as well, causing disruptive sleep - to counteract this I have done some tongue stretches where I stick my tongue out as far as I can in the directions that I feel like it never goes and this seems to be working really well to keep the tongue relaxed while I am sleeping.I hope this information is beneficial to you, I think we could definitely be of help to each other in solving this problem
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  • i also have had this problem for 15 years ,i find that at times during the day and when i wake from sleep my toungue is suctioned to the roof of my mouth ,i have no solution to this as i believe it is due to stress and anxiety and the only way to alleviate it is to address the issues that cause your stress and anxiety ,its almost like im speaking with my mouth closed from the plane of thought or imagination in direct relation to my stressors that seems to cause my tounge to have an opposite effect of direct speech and the interaction of physical speech with another person that will lower it into a relaxed state ,therefore it seems to be to me a purely psycholgical thing that manifestates itself into a physical reaction ,i have noticed wen my stressors are low, i wake or notice less during the day to this reaction occuring, so i believe it is more a case of identifying the stress that causes this to happen rather than finding an outside cure for this physical manifestation
    greg76 3 Replies
    • January 23, 2011
    • 11:58 AM
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  • Hey TenseiHenry, I am fortunate to find this post for I have the same problem! I noticed it this weekend, my tongue was stuck to the roof of my mouth, and every time I stopped paying attention to relaxing it, it would float back up to the roof of my mouth.While I have heard that it is good to have the tongue to the roof of the mouth while breathing out (it completes a circuit with the front of the body and the frontal lobes of the brain), it is important to relax the tongue while breathing in to maintain a balance. I have noticed chronic neck, jaw, and face tension over the past years months - primarily on the right side. I have been doing everything in my power to find and releive the cause of this tension. My regimen included regular massage, myofascial work (I am learning massage therapy so I just had my friends help me out here), yoga (2-3x week), lots of stretching in tight areas - right hamstring, glutes, low back, shoulder and especially scalenes and trapezius along the top of the shoulder in particular.After doing all of this for some time I have noticed only temporary relief. It was not until the other night that I realized my tongue was STUCK to the roof of my mouth. I realized that I have had this holding pattern for almost a year now - it's amazing what we don't notice if we don't direct our attention to it. Since this realization I have been actively letting my jaw and tongue "hang-out," in other words - relaxing them as much as possible when I can. I have noticed a lot of tension under my jaw (in the hyoids, SCM and digastric) that has begun to improve from conscious relaxation and breathing. I beleive the tongue lifting is worse when I am enduring a lot of stress or anxiety, so I am working on retraining my mouth and tongue to not have this reactionary holding pattern when I am stressed - at least temporarily while the muscles and bones adjust. Right before I fall asleep I have noticed the tongue drifting up as well, causing disruptive sleep - to counteract this I have done some tongue stretches where I stick my tongue out as far as I can in the directions that I feel like it never goes and this seems to be working really well to keep the tongue relaxed while I am sleeping.I hope this information is beneficial to you, I think we could definitely be of help to each other in solving this problemI have noticed myself having a lot of lower jaw and upper neck muscle fatigue and have isolated the cause to "habitually" keeping my tongue on the roof of my mouth for extended periods. I do this subconsciously and often when concentrating on work, reading music, etc.I don't do it when sleeping apparently because in the morning these associated muscles are actually relaxed and not tired.I haven't had a lot of success, but have had some, by trying to simply be more aware of it. I have had more success/relief by wearing a mouthguard/toothguard that is designed for clenching, bruxing teeth. Although I don't do the teeth thing, this make me notice when my tongue "goes" to the roof of my mouth. It also makes it more difficult to apply tension with my tongue to the roof of my mouth since the guard "gets in the way" of my tongue.The problem with the mouth guard is I can't speak well with it in and I can't wear it in public.If you've found any other good solutions or methods of relaxation of the tongue and eliminating this habit, please let me know.thanks
    lanten 1 Replies
    • February 5, 2011
    • 06:51 PM
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  • This sounds a little goofy but may help to some degree i hope ,im noticing that when i place my tounge to the roof of my mouth and hold it there its very difficult to hum or hum a (non-descript)tune of any sort it sounds strained and the muscles below my jaw and neck tighten up significantly ,then ,with the tounge still at the roof of my mouth,i lower/deepen the pitch of the humming as low as i can and the tounge corresponds by falling back to its normal position ,i then try humming as low as i can and trying to return my tounge to roof of my mouth (whilst humming as low as i can) and find it very difficult as with humming at this deep pitch it seems to only want to return to a normal position ,after doing this for a few minutes im noticing a more relaxed feeling in my jaw/upper neck/tounge , hope this might be of some help
    greg76 3 Replies
    • February 6, 2011
    • 01:59 AM
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  • ok , i think i may have an excercise that will help with this ,i think i may have hit on it before without realising it ,i believe the tounge manifestation is due to a forward head posture largely due to the amount of time we spend looking at computers ,paperwork,mobile phones etc or in a stressed or elevated state of anxiety or perhaps even myopic vision,i have been studying martial arts for many years and have stretches incorporated into my training i have also developed my own stretches and variations on the original ones i was taught, i notice ... when i lean backwards as far as the body will allow ,as if you were in a 'limbo' competiton ,the front muscle extensors of my neck strech or lengthen as does my whole upper torso ,but these neck muscles in particular have an effect of drawing or retracting the tounge into its original position ,i think doing this leaning back stretch for 10 sets of a ten count twice daily morning and night time may be answer to re-training the tounge in what i firmly believe is a simple problem of a postural mis-alignment ,hope this message is of some benefit
    greg76 3 Replies
    • February 7, 2011
    • 07:47 AM
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  • Hello ... Umm my problem.is that for over six years now I have been fighting with this tongue sticking up to my mouth roof... Its really tiring and I feel like removing the tongue permanently because its causing me to have a mouth odor... Really a bad mouth odor and I have tried so many mouth washes but to no avail... Please any doctor here who can help me with my problem? Please I need a solution ASAP
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  • Having the toungue on the roof of your mouth is not a problem, it helps keep your maxilla up so your face doesnt look retarded. I have the opposite problem, my toungue wont stay up my maxilla is reccesed more than average and so i don't look as good as average, and my ability to take a good breath through my nose sucks. I really wish i knew how to have the habit of getting my toungue stuck to the roof of my mouth.
    Anonymous 1 Replies
    • September 28, 2016
    • 06:28 AM
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