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A 50-year-old member asked:

my question is what causes twitching to occur?

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Dr. Nicole Clark
Neurology 17 years experience
Lots of things: Many reasons to have twitches - from completely normal, to a tired muscle to some serious diseases. Depends on where the twitching happens and how long it lasts/when it occurs.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

Is twitching normal as you fall asleep?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ranji Varghese
Sleep Medicine 17 years experience
They can be: Movements around sleep onset are quite common and may be simple as leg twitch or body jerk and a feeling of falling. They can also be a sign of restless legs or periodic limb movements during wake. Most sleep specialists are not concerned unless it is affecting getting to sleep, affecting your sleep quality or are disruptive to a bed partner.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How come I have twitching, but nobody else in the family has it?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology 39 years experience
Twitching?: This term is difficult for us as neurologist it mean different things among which tics? Myoclonus, tremors?Seizures? So what cause it ?Where?How frequent?Need neurology evaluation--bring video.
A 30-year-old member asked:

Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my twitching?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gamal Boutros
Neurology 39 years experience
Yes,start with pcp: Muscle twitch can be a tic, myoclonus, myokymia, fasciculations or muscle spasms each has brief rare occurence usually insignificant--frequent but short lived caused by benign causes include electrolyte and nutritional deficiency or an expression of other neurological disorder--if it is bother you check with your pcp.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Am I having mini-seizures if my biceps has been twitching off and on all morning?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph De Santi
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Moving Muscle: Seizures always originate in the brain. What you're experiencing is a tremor, spasm or tremulousness. Localized twitching is not uncommon and no one knows exactly why they occur. Some theorize local chemical imbalance in the muscle tissue is responsible, others believe it is a localized spontaneous discharge of a nerve ending. Whatever the cause, they are usually transient and harmless.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Whenever I think about sexy girls I start twitching, is this normal?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Sexual: Arrousal and twitching, blushing can be mediated by the stimulation of the sympathetic nevous system and stress hormones. Yes it's normal. It can also be self defeating and a relationship barrier. Sex is part of the journey, but is the only goal for some and that creates internal conflict.

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