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Dr. Donald McCarren
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Muscle Twitching (Definition)

Muscle twitching is caused by minor muscle contractions in the area, or uncontrollable twitching of a muscle group that is served by a single motor nerve fiber. Muscle twitches are minor and often go unnoticed. Some are common and normal. Others are signs of ...Read more


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Why could possibly be the cause of low back pain thus affecting my legs when I sit or stand foabout an hour or two. As well as twitching?

Why could possibly be the cause of low back pain thus affecting my legs when I sit or stand foabout an hour or two. As well as twitching?

Disc herniation: You could possibly have a lumbar disc herniation which can cause "radiculopathy". This can present as pain, numbness or tingling from the back into the legs. A smaller disc herniation can usually be managed non-surgically. However, a larger disk herniation causing intractable pain and even weakness usually needs to be treated surgically. ...Read more

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I have numbness/tingling on both wrist/legs hurt w/vibration and twitching also have lower back pain. What can this be?

I have numbness/tingling on both wrist/legs hurt w/vibration and twitching also have lower back pain. What can this be?

Neurologic: Would have you see a neurologist to clarify what this may be. This can be due to irritation of nerves or neurologic system or it could be paresthesia which are separate type of problem not due to any neurologic damage ...Read more

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Why does anxiety cause, palpations, chest pain, dizziness, weak legs, back pain, and twitching muscles?

Why does anxiety cause, palpations, chest pain, dizziness, weak legs, back pain, and twitching muscles?

Autonomic: Nervous system. Anxiety initiates and perpetuates a flight or fight response from your autonomic nervous system leading to all of the symptoms described. That is why, for example, yoga and meditation help. They counteract the autonomic response and relax you. So does slow deep breathing ...Read more

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Crawling sensation on shin, twitches, quick warm sensations on thigh and shin, sciatic like leg pain thigh to ankle. Stiff sore knee. Back pain. Nerves???

Crawling sensation on shin, twitches, quick warm sensations on thigh and shin, sciatic like leg pain thigh to ankle. Stiff sore knee. Back pain. Nerves???

Nerve or paresthesi: This could be a pinched nerve but also paresthesias or uncomfortable skin sensations. Your physician can help clarify ...Read more

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I get numbness in the front part of my left thigh when I lay down, have also had eye twitching and severe back pain at times. What is it?

I get numbness in the front part of my left thigh when I lay down, have also had eye twitching and severe back pain at times. What is it?

Varies: They may not all be related. The two most common causes of numbness in the thigh is a "pinched nerve" in the upper lumbar spine or a condition known as meralgia parastetica, in which a nerve known as the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve is irritated at the pelvis. Neither would typically becrelated to a twitching of the eye. Getting a good medical check up might be a good place to start. ...Read more

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Lower back pain on left side with pain radiating down thigh to front of knee. Muscle above knee twitches. Feels better when I lay down.

Lower back pain on left side with pain radiating down thigh to front of knee. Muscle above knee twitches. Feels better when I lay down.

Check spine: May be from L3 level of the lumbar spine from herniated disc, bulging disc, osteoarthritis and spinal stenosis. Symptoms include localized pain or pain that travels to the inner thigh anteriorly to middle of the leg. Tingling, numbness or muscle weakness might also be experienced. Mr examination would define etiology of pain. Can see neurologist, neurosurgeon or orthopedic physician. ...Read more

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Lower back pain, tight right calf, numbness, tingling, twitching all over body, neck pain, chest pain. Assorted symptoms for 3 months and no diagnosis?

Lower back pain, tight right calf, numbness, tingling, twitching all over body, neck pain, chest pain. Assorted symptoms for 3 months and no diagnosis?

Not a good idea: To find an answer here because no one knows you better than your doctor. Best strategy is to take all your medical records to another physician for a thorough evaluation and a second opinion. This is too complex for a simple two line answer. ...Read more

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Having back and leg twitches, almost 30- 40 twitches a day. Most are in upper right leg. What could cause this? I have nf1 and chiari

Having back and leg twitches, almost 30- 40 twitches a day. Most are in upper right leg. What could cause this? I have nf1 and chiari

Peripheral nerve: Sheath neurofibromas can develop at pretty much any age in people with NF1. Your twitches signal the need to see your primary physician & your neurologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Have neurofibroma @ c6-c7 also chiari and have been having leg twitches and low back twitches what could cause this? My body just jumps in those areas

Have neurofibroma @ c6-c7 also chiari and have been having leg twitches and low back twitches what could cause this? My body just jumps in those areas

More info: NF and Chiari? This is going to require a careful neurological assessment. Look for signs and symptoms to localize the problem (brain, cord, peripheral nerve.) May need electrophysiologic testing like somatosensory evoked potential or MRI testing to sort this one out. Call your neurologist to inform them of the new problem. Find a neurologist if you don't have one. ...Read more

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Leg twitching and giving way have had a few falls?

Leg twitching and giving way have had a few falls?

Get seen!: We don't know enough details to be able to tell you exactly what is going on. You may have a problem in your leg or in your back, for example. To be safe and avoid serious complications, if this just started, go to the ER. If it has been happening for weeks or longer get seen soon and find out what is going on. Be sure to always hold handrails when on stairs. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the leg twitching to stop from abilify (aripiprazole)?

How long does it take for the leg twitching to stop from abilify (aripiprazole)?

Akathesia: You may be expeirencing akathesia. Sometimes medication like Cogentin (benztropine) or benedryl is required to treat this. ...Read more

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Could my leg twitching be connected to ankle injury?

Could my leg twitching be connected to ankle injury?

Twitching: Yes. Usually from the splinting of the muscles. Do find out why the injury occurred. ...Read more

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Dipples in calves, cramping and leg twitching what could this be?

Neurologist time: Primary care md will first order a doppler study (i don't know why) to work up leg symptoms. Cramping, dimpling and twitching suggests a problem with the excitability of the muscle due to muscle disease, neuromusclular problems, neuropathy or electrolite imbalance. If thyroid, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium and kidney function is normal, you probably need to be referred to a specialist. ...Read more

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I suddenly stopped taking Prozac and Abilify (aripiprazole) and in 2 weeks I gained 10 pounds and I have been having leg twitching what could it be?

I suddenly stopped taking Prozac and Abilify (aripiprazole) and in 2 weeks I gained 10 pounds and I have been having leg twitching what could it be?

It is always: Preferable 2 discontinue meds progressively & slowly monitored by the doc who prescribed them 2 you. U should go back to ur doc, b frank and tell her/him the reasons u decide 2 stop ur treatment suddenly. A patient-doctor relationship is a 2 way street, u should feel comfortable 2 tell ur doc how u feel. Ur doc can help u w/ur weight gain & leg twitching. If u prefer a 2nd opinion see another dr. ...Read more

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I am experiencing night time leg twitching/jerking movements. What is causing this? This prevents me from falling asleep. What can I do

I am experiencing night time leg twitching/jerking movements. What is causing this? This prevents me from falling asleep. What can I do

Need evaluation: During that interval between wakefulness and sleep there is some normal shifting around of arms and legs. This does not normally require treatment.Anxiety can make these movement more pronounced and when anxiety is treated they lessen and sleep comes more quickly.
Sometimes however when the restless movements are very bothersome they represent restless legs syndrome (rls) and need meds. ...Read more

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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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