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Can a pinched nerve cause visible and non-visible muscle twitching sometimes painful in the legs and feet? Twitching also in face, hands and arms.

Can a pinched nerve cause visible and non-visible muscle twitching sometimes painful in the legs and feet? Twitching also in face, hands and arms.

I would recommend: You see a doctor for evaluation. For one thing one nerve would not cause twitching in feet, hands, face and arms, that would have to be different nerves...... ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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Can pinched nerves in the back cause muscle twitching in the legs?

Yes- it is possible: It depends on what nerves and what muscles. If you were to say however the twitching is all over, it may not be fair to say it came from the back. Do you know if you have pinched nerves in the back, or do you have twitching only? Where is the twitching, and how much is there? Maybe start by answering those last two questions. Good luck! ...Read more

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I get second long headaches everyday, Few times in the day. Muscle painless twitching all over my body, Also pinched nerve. Related to that? Any ideas?

I get second long headaches everyday, Few times in the day. Muscle painless twitching all over my body, Also pinched nerve. Related to that? Any ideas?

See below: Sudden sharp jabbing headaches lasting for a few seconds to 30 seconds are called Primary Stabbing Headache. They usually are not a sign of a serious underlying condition and are more common in migraine suffers. See http://bit. Ly/1sAz8on Twitching can be a sign of an underlying disorder but is more often due to stress.
The headaches and twitching are not caused by a pinched nerve. ...Read more

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Does insufficient sleep cause muscle twitching or does it affect the nerves?

Does insufficient sleep cause muscle twitching or does it affect the nerves?

Yes impacts brain: Yes, it seems to cause muscle twitching due to its effect on your brain. Nerves are not affected by sleep, they are just basically wires that connect your brain to your muscles. ...Read more

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What underlying conditions causes muscle twitching all over your body?

What underlying conditions causes muscle twitching all over your body?

The most common: Cause is dehydration mineral/vitamin deficiency. That being said, there are other issues, that can present this way early, such as ms, but without any other symptoms, its not likely. Try hydrating well and taking a multivitamin and see if that helps. If not, see your primary doc for full workup. ...Read more

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Does herpes cause muscle twitching?

Does herpes cause muscle twitching?

Muscle twitching: I have had some patients complain of this issue. Herpes is a virus that lives in the nerves and when a nerve is irritated it can become hyper excited and cause the Twitching sensation. This should subside once the flare goes away. ...Read more

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Can MS cause muscle twitching all over the body?

Can MS cause muscle twitching all over the body?

Rather unlikely: Muscle twitching isn't usually associated with multiple sclerosis, and more likely would represent a problem with your thyroid, or a medication reaction, or even issues with metabolic imbalance. Less likely for your age, muscle, nerve, and motor neuron issues. You might possibly have benign fasciculations. See a neurologist and get this diagnosed; ...Read more

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How can excess of water may cause muscle twitching?

How can excess of water may cause muscle twitching?

Dilution: Excess water (lots of water) can dilute some electrolytes in your blood. Those electrolytes are important in nerve conduction. Nerves activate your muscles, so if there are "electrical" disturbances, your muscle can twitch. ...Read more

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Can a malabsorption problem cause muscle twitching?

Can a malabsorption problem cause muscle twitching?

Possible: Nutritional deficiency can highly impact your muscle mass and strength. Twitching however may be caused by electrolyte imbalance. Thus it all depends on what kind of malabsorption you are concerned with. On the other hand, a drug reaction (bronchodilator for asthma), too much caffeine, or a neurologic disorder may cause twitching as well. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of muscle twitching in my shoulder?

What could be the cause of muscle twitching in my shoulder?

This could be: An electrolyte abnormality such as hypokalemia (low potassium) or hypercalcemia (high calcium). It could also be due to dehydration, muscle spasm from over exertion. Be sure to drink plenty of h2o and if it persists see your doctor for blood work. ...Read more

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Are there any neurotransmitter imbalances that would cause muscle twitching all over body?

Are there any neurotransmitter imbalances that would cause muscle twitching all over body?

What an odd question: The role of neurotransmitters in myoclonus is still under study. What you're describing can be caused by problems elsewhere in the body, and in fact very often is. The brain is just an unfortunate bystander. The underlying cause is what needs to be found. See your doctor and let him/her figure it out. And I'm afraid if you bring up neurotransmitters, you'll probably just get a blank stare. ...Read more

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Chronic intermittent muscle twitching. Occurs bilaterally and in ue and le as well as trunk (usually extension spasm). Increasing frequency. Causes?

Chronic intermittent muscle twitching. Occurs bilaterally and in ue and le as well as trunk (usually extension spasm). Increasing frequency. Causes?

Neurologist: Some muscle twitching can be harmless and in these cases there is no muscle pain or weakness. With such generalized twitching I recommend an evaluation by a neurologist for diagnosis. Calcium and magnesium deficiencies and neuromuscular conditions will be considered. ...Read more

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Frequent muscle twitching and paresthesia, what are the underlying causes of these symptoms?

Frequent muscle twitching and paresthesia, what are the underlying causes of these symptoms?

Depends where,: How often, and what brings it on. Twitching and parasthesias can be caused by numerous things and it would be difficult to speculate with just a little history such as this. It could be anything from dehydration to ms, but we would have to know much more prior to even suggesting a diagnosis. See a physician for a thorough history and physical exam. ...Read more

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Could REM sleep patterns cause muscle twitching?

Could REM sleep patterns cause muscle twitching?

By definitiion: By definition rem's are rapid eye movements that cause muscle twitching of the eye muscles. Our brain is a wonderful and largely misuderstood organ. It is capable of deactivating our body during dreams such that although we are imaging running in our sleep, our legs don not actually move but may twitch. If you have a pet, this is easily visible while they sleep. ...Read more

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Can exercising cause muscle twitching?

It could: Whenever you exercise your muscle loose oxygen and produce lactic acid. This does result in cramping of muscles. Electrolyte imbalance cause this so energy drinks do help. However, if you are really concerned follow up with you doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause persistent muscle twitching?

What can cause persistent muscle twitching?

Nerve pressure: Possible causes include pressure on the nerves from muscles or spinal discs. There are neurologic conditions that can cause it as well as metabolic ones. Need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Does physical exertion cause muscle twitching?

A twitch is: A muscle contraction, and it can be caused by electrolyte imbalances, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, or acid-base changes brought on by exercise that builds up lactic acid. Rubbing mobilizes products, increases circulation and re-established homeostasis. ...Read more

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What causes somebody to have muscle twitching and how do you stop it?

Vairety of causes: Muscle twitching commonly occurs when the muscle fasciculates. This can occur from excessive use, recovery, denervation, seizure activity and a variety of other causes. Some of these are benign while others may require extensive evaulation. ...Read more

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I'm having muscle twitching/fascinations (not painful) all over my body the past few days. What could be the cause?

I'm having muscle twitching/fascinations (not painful) all over my body the past few days. What could be the cause?

Many causes: The list of possible causes is rather extensive. Neurologic issues, electrolyte imbalance, muscular issues to name a few. Best to see your doctor for evaluation. Sorry this was not more helpful. Best of luck with this. Dr. R ...Read more

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What are the top causes for muscle twitching and spasm I can feel it but there is no pain at all. They come frequently and I am not sure why?

Muscle twitching: Muscle twitching without pain may be associated with changes in the Alpha motor neuron causing "fasciculations". If associated with weakness the concern would be als. Believe you have had that evaluated on previous ncs/emg. Diseases of the muscle whether infectious, inflammatory, medication induced or hereditary may also cause symptoms. Your elevated ESR mentioned before is concerning. ...Read more

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Does sciatica cause muscle twitching?

Does sciatica cause muscle twitching?

Yes: Acutely compressed nerves can result in muscle twitching, muscle spasm and typical painful radiation patterns. This is due to the abnormal signal the nerves are now sending to the muscles which are reacting to its signal. Sometimes this is an involuntary action in which the nerve is reacting like a reflex arc that is on replay. This cycle of nerve signaling needs to be broken to improve this. ...Read more

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Can marijana cause muscle spasms or muscle twitching?

Can marijana cause muscle spasms or muscle twitching?

No: While it can cause very mild paresthesias, muscle twitching is not a common side effect. That being said, it is not well studied for specific side effect profiles and cannot account for adulterants. ...Read more

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What are some causes of frequent muscle twitching and muscle aches?

What are some causes of frequent muscle twitching and muscle aches?

Electrolyte imbalanc: Among other things, an electrolyte imbalance caused by dehydration or other conditions resulting in alteration of the cellular environment can cause muscle twitching. Of course exertion and stress can also. ...Read more

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Which may be the cause of frequent muscle twitching and muscle aches?

Which may be the cause of frequent muscle twitching and muscle aches?

Muscle twitch, aches: Painless twitching can be worrisome but if associated with aches, it suggests an actual problem with muscles or nerves. Simple things to try include assessing your electrolytes with calcium (labs) and red blood cell magnesium level. Can try oral magnesium before that (mag malate 400-600 mg per day, watching for diarrhea as indicates too much). ...Read more

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Is there anything other than Benign Fasciculation Syndrome that would cause muscle twitching throughout the body for years? Every day occurrence.

Is there anything other than Benign Fasciculation Syndrome that would cause muscle twitching throughout the body for years? Every day occurrence.

Probably not: I assume you had a complete metabolic as well as neurologic evaluation. It was suggested this is benign fasciculation because other conditions that can cause it would be neurologic conditions, which it appears you don't have. ...Read more

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What is the most common cause of muscle twitching? Just recently started having this symptom. Have had tests that ruled out any neurological disease

What is the most common cause of muscle twitching? Just recently started having this symptom. Have had tests that ruled out any neurological disease

Usually benign.: I infer from what you write that you saw a neurologist for EMG/NCS and other necessary tests. Since the tests have ruled out any significant disease, you most likely have benign fasciculations. You can confirm this with the doctor who ordered the tests. Take care, and keep healthy. ...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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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