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Involuntary Humming. About 6 months ago I noticed that my wife

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Involuntary Humming.
About 6 months ago I noticed that my wife makes a low but noticeable humming sound when she is sitting or standing still. It has become more pronounced so that other people have recently started noticing it. She is resistant to suggestions to see a neurologist but I am very concerned, Last week I also noticed that she sometimes taps her hand or foot, apparently unconsciously, while having a conversation; this seems to be a recent development. Is there anything else I should be on the lookout for?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Sophie :: Medicine & Neurology replied 6 years ago.
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Her symptoms may be suggestive of adult onset tic disorder. Tic disorders involve vocalization such as throat clearing, humming, clicking and different types of motor stereotyped behavior.
Sometimes adult onset tic disorder develops after a triggering event and may be recur in response to specific external triggers. Patients may have a family history of OCD and some may have a history of childhood tic disorder.
She should have both a neurologic and psychiatric evaluation.
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