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    involuntary lip and cheek biting
    ashchriscol posted:
    I have been biting my lip (hard) and the inside of my cheek involuntarily for the past 8 months when I am either talking or eating. Is this a known symptom of TMJ or MS?
    Rod_Moser_PA_PhD responded:
    No, this is not a symptom of a TMJ disorder or MS.
    kurtoo responded:
    I have a friend with the same problem. Do you still have the problem or was it solved? Can you enlighten me as to how to solve the problem and what is the cause.
    kurtoo replied to Rod_Moser_PA_PhD's response:
    What is the cause? How can it be treated?
    Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
    No, I don't believe this is due to MS or TMJ....I guess it could be OCD - obsessive compulsive disorder, but that would not be something that can be diagnosed over the Internet.

    Any habitual condition, from nail biting to biting your lip, may not have a medical cause, but a psychological cause. Perhaps there is something stressful in your life that has lead to this problem?

    If you are seeking help, talk to your medical provider, and consider seeing a counselor.
    kurtoo replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
    The problem is an involuntary one. He can be talking or eating and then bites his lip or cheek. The Dentist says his jaw alignment is fine. What do you suggest? Your last comment was to seek Counselling. Thanks
    Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to kurtoo's response:
    The first thing is to have a proper evaluation so he can be diagnosed. I am pleased that the dentist feels his jaw alignment is fine. Since I do not know anything about him, it would not be possible for me to know if his problem is simply habitual, requiring some behavioral therapy to resolve, or something that has a deeper, psychological cause, like OCD.

    Treatment suggestions would depend on the cause, and at this point, I do not have any awy of determining a specific cause.

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