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What causes calf muscle twitching and a high pulse?

What causes calf muscle twitching and a high pulse?

2 things: Not a usual combination. My answer is specualtive (beware). High catecholamine levels (or caffeine, cocaine, amphetamine or other stimulants) can cause this or they may be totally unrelated. ...Read more

Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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I know have muscle twitching in my right calf muscle 24/7. I can see it twitching, coincides with the twitching on the sides of my head mri, emg norm?

I know have muscle twitching in my right calf muscle 24/7. I can see it twitching, coincides with the twitching on the sides of my head mri, emg norm?

Twitching in leg: Correlates with twitching in scalp. Could this be a blood vessel pulsating? If it is, and periodically irregular, you may have heart rhythm issues. Has your doctor actually seen the twitching? I'm curious what part of the body was studied with MRI if the EMG was negative? How did the echocardiogram turn out? Have you had a cardiac holter monitor? ...Read more

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My eyelid, calf muscle and under my armpit have all been twitching nearly nonstop for about a week. About once every 3-4 minutes. Is that normal?

My eyelid, calf muscle and under my armpit have all been twitching nearly nonstop for about a week. About once every 3-4 minutes. Is that normal?

See below: There are many different etiologies of these symptoms you're complaining about.. A thorough history, physical examination and laboratory studies would probably be in your best interest. A neurologist could work you up for the above. Good luck thank you. ...Read more

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Can herniated disc cause symptom just sometimes on straight leg test? Sometimes I get muscle twitching in feet other times not, same with big toe pain.

Can herniated disc cause symptom just sometimes on straight leg test? Sometimes I get muscle twitching in feet other times not, same with big toe pain.

Can be intermittent: If a herniated disc causes signs like straight leg raising or sciatic nerve tenderness, it can be intermittent. So can any neurological or muscular sign or symptom. Left alone most resolve with conservative treatment. And some people with herniated disc on imaging studies have no pain. ...Read more

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I am 24 year old male with muscle twitching all over my body. Sometimes my shoulder and back get sore. Also, right calf weakness but I am able to walk?

I am 24 year old male with muscle twitching all over my body. Sometimes my shoulder and back get sore. Also, right calf weakness but I am able to walk?

See a neurologist: This could be something simple like nerves and anxiety or a very serious neurologic disease. Please see a neurologist and get checked. ...Read more

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Injury to R foot 6m ago. Disuse atrophy to lower leg. Muscle twitching along inner aspect of foot, now up to inside of leg to calf. Suggestions?

Injury to R foot 6m ago. Disuse atrophy to lower leg. Muscle twitching along inner aspect of foot, now up to inside of leg to calf. Suggestions?

If the disuse: Is secondary to cast you may have nerve damage from the cast. I would recommend physical therapy. You must get that foot and leg moving. You may want to get a baseline EMG/NCV study and of course follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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I've been experiencing small muscle twitching on the right side of my body. Under my eye, my calf, my hand and my fingers. Is this something serious?

I've been experiencing small muscle twitching on the right side of my body. Under my eye, my calf, my hand and my fingers. Is this something serious?

Most likely nothing: But pay attention to see if there are any other symptoms. This could be early signs of serious things like ms, but you are mostly likely too young to see this. More than likely it is dehydration and a magnesium deficiency. Try hydrating well, take some over the counter, low dose magnesium and see if these subside. If not, ask your primary care doc. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What to do if the right leg muscle twitching/spasm?

What to do if the right leg muscle twitching/spasm?

Right leg spasm: Apply ice to your low back for thirty minutes while laying face up. If symptoms subside then you seem to have a right sided lumbo sacral radiculopathy. compression of a nerve root in your low back.
Good luck ...Read more

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How can I stop the muscle twitching in my leg?

How can I stop the muscle twitching in my leg?

Muscle twitching: Your electrolytes should be drawn along with thyroid function tests. An MRI of your lumbar spine should be ordered to evaluate for possible disc disease, along with emg; MRI of your brain may also be warranted. ...Read more

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Correlation muscle twitching throughout body developed 6 years ago, followed by low extrem tightness months later to unilateral low leg swelling 2013?

Correlation muscle twitching throughout body developed 6 years ago, followed by low extrem tightness months later to unilateral low leg swelling 2013?

One leg swelling: Does not tie into the previous two problems (atrophy could)
Swelling can be caused by leaky vessels, tissue injury, deep vein thrombosis, clogged lymphatics, bleeding into the leg, etc. Twitching followed by tightness of muscles obviates a good neurological assessment. ...Read more

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I left strenght training 3 months ago. Now there are muscle twitching in my whole body, no weakness, no atrophy. But nowthere are pins & needle (leg)?

I left strenght training 3 months ago. Now there are muscle twitching in my whole body, no weakness, no atrophy. But nowthere are pins & needle (leg)?

One possibility..: Although rare, there is a neurologic condition, benign fasciculation syndrome characterized by twitches, cramping, tingling without weakness (that is a quick summary). See a neurologist or a physiatrist for evaluation to be sure. Whether it is this or something else, physical exam can reveal a lot. It could be a simple electrolyte imbalance. If neurologic, the nerves can be tested easily. ...Read more

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Leg muscle twitching when I wake up. Have disc bulge/herniation. How is my disc issue causing fasciculations and why only after sleeping does it occur?

Leg muscle twitching when I wake up. Have disc bulge/herniation. How is my disc issue causing fasciculations and why only after sleeping does it occur?

Position: When you lie down, you can put more stress on the spine and exacerbate the radiculopathy. Try side sleeping with a pillow between your legs. ...Read more

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Could there be a connection between the muscle twitching throughout my body and the unilateral leg swelling below the knee? Neurological?

Could there be a connection between the muscle twitching throughout my body and the unilateral leg swelling below the knee? Neurological?

Highly doubt it: You basically outlined the answer and its rationale in your question....Bravo....that's an artistic flare.

Something focal vs. Something generalized and not only that but we're talking about symptoms that little to nothing in common with each other.....twitching or possibly muscle fasciculations vs. Swelling or edema. The question is what is the edema or swelling due to? Trauma, infectious dz? ...Read more

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I am experiencing muscle twitching. In my right thigh and occasionally in both upper arms but leg is continuous, twitching has been going on 2 weeks.

I am experiencing muscle twitching. In my right thigh and occasionally in both upper arms but leg is continuous, twitching has been going on 2 weeks.

Go see a neurologist: Either you are low in magnesium, potassium or you need to get a EMG to r/o muscle pathology. And MRI of the brain - need to see a neurologist ...Read more

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Any ideas on what can muscle twitching and some jerking on leg and body, had on and off weakness and left hand leg, no diagnosis just ideas? Plz 22/m/latino

Any ideas on what can muscle twitching and some jerking on leg and body, had on and off weakness and left hand leg, no diagnosis just ideas? Plz 22/m/latino

Neurologist: There is no way to answer this on the internet. The list of potential causes is long and a neurologist evaluation with possible nerve conduction study may be in order to help find the cause. ...Read more

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Are muscle twitching, muscle atrophy, and leg weakness HIV ARS symptoms?

Are muscle twitching, muscle atrophy, and leg weakness HIV ARS symptoms?

Please spell out: ARS. I know what ARV therapy stands for, but not ARS. Anti-retroviral side effects? If you do mean ART, please specify which ARV's you're referring to. ...Read more

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Muscle twitching arms &legs under rib cage, even butt sometimes; don't hurt ; could this be stress? Cant keep l leg still either feel need to move it

Muscle twitching arms &legs under rib cage, even butt sometimes; don't hurt ; could this be stress? Cant keep l leg still either feel need to move it

Muscle twitching: Painless twitching can be benign, sometimes happens with magnesium deficiency or problems with calcium but there are certain types of twitching that warrant a good neurological exam to sort out. Many things can be blamed on stress but usually better to look for more worrisome answer before assuming that. ...Read more

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Leg, hip & groin pain for 2 mths, mostly at rest. Muscle twitching, burning and tingling. All the way to foot on rt side. Nothing helps.??

Sorry: A full review of your back, circulation, nerves needs to be conducted. Seeing your doctor who manages your testing will give you the most information. If pain is persistent and unrelenting seeing an Emergency Room doctor would be prudent. ...Read more

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Massive pain isolated in middle of back. Constant muscle twitching all over body primarily in legs. Weakness in left leg and arm. Mri of neck normal?

Massive pain isolated in middle of back. Constant muscle twitching all over body primarily in legs. Weakness in left leg and arm. Mri of neck normal?

Back pain: There is concern for spinal cord damage in your thoracic spine and an MRI is needed of the thoracic spine immediately. Pressure on the spinal cord can cause irreversible damage including paralysis. Please go to the ER. ...Read more

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Imvision loss, muscle twitching, tingling in right leg, neuropohthy of both feet and vertigo. Mri clear also bloodwork. Doc said no ms. What then?

Imvision loss, muscle twitching, tingling in right leg, neuropohthy of both feet and vertigo. Mri clear also bloodwork. Doc said no ms. What then?

Polyneuropathy: You basically have a neuropathy affecting multiple areas. If you haven't seen a neurologist, you need to. Polyneuropathy can have a wide variety of causes, including exposure to certain toxins, poor nutrition (particularly vitamin b deficiency), and complications from diseases such as cancer or kidney failure. An EMG will likely be helpful. ...Read more

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Leg weakness Fatigue Muscle twitching Chills neck cracking Headaches Brain CT and MRI clear, c spine MRI-slightly degenerated discs What's th problem?

Leg weakness Fatigue Muscle twitching Chills neck cracking Headaches Brain CT and MRI clear, c spine MRI-slightly degenerated discs What's th problem?

Need more work-up: Talk to your doctor about getting some blood work to rule out any obvious underlying condition. Also adopting a healthy lifestyle including proper hydration and balanced diet will be beneficial. ...Read more

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The calf muscles in my legs are constantly moving and twitching. It's almost like there's something moving about inside, what causes this?

Restless leg syndrom: Check your electrolytes. See muscle specialist for EMG studies and neurologist. Once right diagnosis is made, treatment options can be discussed. ...Read more

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My left calf bit tight & muscle twitches, not red or warm. Twitches & twinges cause discomfort at times. I was told I had knot. What Causes twitches?

My left calf bit tight & muscle twitches, not red or warm. Twitches & twinges cause discomfort at times. I was told I had knot. What Causes twitches?

Many many things: Twitches are also known as fasciculations, which are muscle fibers contracting often as part of a single motor unit. There are many things that cause these fasciculations, including exercise, normal movement, to metabolic, autoimmune, infiltrative, infectious, toxic/metabolic, degenerative etc etc types of situations. ...Read more

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Intermittent Muscle twitches random all over be caused by cervical stenosis 8 mm? Felt on upper thighs, calfs, feet, arms, hands

Intermittent Muscle twitches random all over be caused by cervical stenosis 8 mm? Felt on upper thighs, calfs, feet, arms, hands

See your physician: Intermittent muscle twitching all over are not likely to be caused by cervical stenosis. That would only affect arms and hands. It could be due to a medicine, to a body chemical abnormality (calcium level, for example) or anxiety. In any case, you need to have it evaluated by your physician to find and treat the cause. ...Read more

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What r symps of pulled calf muscle? Can it cause painful twitches? Normal? Other symp bump along lateral side of lower leg when I stand, like hernia

What r symps of pulled calf muscle? Can it cause painful twitches? Normal? Other symp bump along lateral side of lower leg when I stand, like hernia

Strain: A strained muscle causes soreness and pain on use and takes a week or so to heal. Occasionally bumps in the lateral calf area are due to small herniations of fat tissue through the muscle. Varicose veins are another possibility. A physician would have to examine you to be sure. Muscle twitches are not commonly due to sprains and can occur spontaneously. Muscle cramps are commonly due to tight musc ...Read more

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My nerves have been twitching my muscles can it be caused from alotstress? They are not painful but very annoying. (Upper arm, below jaw, lower leg.)

My nerves have been twitching my muscles can it be caused from alotstress? They are not painful but very annoying. (Upper arm, below jaw, lower leg.)

Twtiches: Please start by seeing your doc to rule out/identify any underlying medical condition. Magnesium supplements are sometimes used to help w/twitches. Jigsaw brand magnesium is a respected brand but there are others. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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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