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How does stress and anxiety cause causes muscle twitches? How is that possible? My right thumb has been twitching for several weeks. It's annoying me!

How does stress and anxiety cause causes muscle twitches? How is that possible? My right thumb has been twitching for several weeks. It's annoying me!

Please see doc to: Make sure all is well medically. I see that you are a binge eater. Micronutrient imbalance is a possible cause, perhaps low magnesium. Check w/doc. Anxiety can produce an overall bracing ourselves do deal w/life, real or perceived dangers. Peace and good health. Try Herbert Benson's book, the Relaxation Response. ...Read more

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Can stress and anxiety cause severe body soreness, weakness, and muscle twitching all over constantly?

Can stress and anxiety cause severe body soreness, weakness, and muscle twitching all over constantly?

Yes, anxiety can: Produce such symptoms but so can many other things. It is important that you see your doc. If he/she rules out medical conditions please see a mental health professional. Do not rely on medication alone but learn some self-regulatory procedures like self-hypnosis, self talk changing, etc. Peace and good health. Biofeedback may be helpful also. ...Read more

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Can lack of sleep over one week plus some anxiety cause uncontrollable muscle twitching?

Can lack of sleep over one week plus some anxiety cause uncontrollable muscle twitching?

Yes: Lack of sleep disrupts the way the body defends itself, in other words reduced immunity. Anxiety together with lack of sleep can magnify an existing problem out of all proportion to reality, or may cause one to believe they have a condition they in fact do not have. Rest and relaxation are easier said than done, but will be of enormous benefit. Best of health and luck! ...Read more

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Are there any hormone problems that cause physical anxiety symptoms (paresthesia, muscle twitching, jitteriness)?

Are there any hormone problems that cause physical anxiety symptoms (paresthesia, muscle twitching, jitteriness)?

Yes: Actually and imbalance of any of your hormones could cause the symptoms, but the most common one would be a thyroid problem. Talk to your doctor checking your thyroid involves a blood test. ...Read more

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Is muscle twitching same as spasm? Got cut and after a few days I have muscle twitching and headaches and I'm scared it's tetanus. I have anxiety.

Is muscle twitching same as spasm? Got cut and after a few days I have muscle twitching and headaches and I'm scared it's tetanus. I have anxiety.

See doctor: Muscle twitching is not the same as spasm of muscle. With tetanus you usually get muscle spasm.Your muscle twitching and headache may be due to tetanus or something else. Since you are anxious and concerned, better consult your doctor, after examining you, he can decide whether you have tetanus or another cause of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Inv. Muscle twitching arond elbow. Coming off anxiety meds. Normal? When to worry? Also losing weight by exerc. Losing muscle? Doesn't hurt but uncomf

Inv. Muscle twitching arond elbow. Coming off anxiety meds. Normal? When to worry? Also losing weight by exerc. Losing muscle? Doesn't hurt but uncomf

Not uncommon: May time coming off of meds like what you are on can cause atypical muscle irritation but so can exercise so maintain the exercise and if the symptoms don't resolve after a couple of weeks then have it evaluated ...Read more

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Have muscle twitching and pain in legs. Had same two years ago it went away. I am a nervous persin and anxiety is high.

Nerve irritation: Pain with muscle twitching usually indicates nerve irritation at peripheral nerve or spinal nerve root irritation. Please get an evaluation with rehabilitation medicine specialist or neurologist. Also may need to have electrolytes checked. ...Read more

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I waterproofed my deck it took 2 days to finish. I've been experiencing muscle twitching. My doc says it's just anxiety. Am I in danger of nerve damage?

I waterproofed my deck it took 2 days to finish. I've been experiencing muscle twitching. My doc says it's just anxiety. Am I in danger of nerve damage?

Nerve damage?: From what you describe, there is no clear connection to nerve damage indicated. But even if your Dr is right that you suffer anxiety - it is worth correcting. Consider an eval for CBT psychotherapy where you'll learn skills to manage anxiety. Don't worry or suffer - learn ways to help yourself. ...Read more

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Can my muscle twitching that's body wide (started 2 weeks ago)anxiety & lack of sleep im super anxious to the point I need counseling and now this?

Can my muscle twitching that's body wide (started 2 weeks ago)anxiety & lack of sleep im super anxious to the point I need counseling and now this?

Anxiety & insomnia: Hello. Your twitching may be related to your anxiety. If the anxiety & sleep problems are brought under better control and you still notice a muscle twitching - then medical evaluation could shed more light on the symptom. If you are not already in some form of counseling - recommend that. Cognitive behavioral therapy is especially helpful. Use excellent sleep hygiene. Take care. ...Read more

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Can extra stress and anxiety lead to nausea, other stomach problems, headache, muscle twitching and hypersensitivity? Or is this something else?

Can extra stress and anxiety lead to nausea, other stomach problems, headache, muscle twitching and hypersensitivity? Or is this something else?

Yes and yes. ..: Stress can have a lot of physical effects but it could be something else as well. If getting worse or if not improving when Your stress improves see your MD. Also, check out this site for tips on how to manage stress and healthy living. ...Read more

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Can 3 months of Tension headache, muscle twitching, and a week of lightheadedness be triggered by anxiety only? Blood tests and MRI scans normal

Can 3 months of Tension headache, muscle twitching, and a week of lightheadedness be triggered by anxiety only? Blood tests and MRI scans normal

Physical anxiety: Anxiety can present in a wide variety of physical ways, including muscle twitching, lightheadedness, & headaches. It can raise blood pressure, cause tingling of fingers/toes, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, and so on. If the dangerous and the likely both have been ruled out, anxiety may be the suspected cause. If symptoms change, the degree of suspicion for anxiety vs something else may change ...Read more

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Can muscle twitching in calves and eye lids and some other body parts and weight loss last for 3 months or so with depression and anxiety?

Can muscle twitching in calves and eye lids and some other body parts and weight loss last for 3 months or so with depression and anxiety?

Depression wt loss: Yes, anxiety can cause a variety of symptoms including twitching (not twerking), and depression can lead to weight loss as there are appetite changes and you just don't feeling hungry. ...Read more

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Restless legs, constant crying, muscle twitching, wakes up a lot @nite, constant worry on health, tingling, can't focus, very tense upper back/neck muscle is this anxiety? Wifes symptoms, can't help her : (

Restless legs, constant crying, muscle twitching, wakes up a lot @nite, constant worry on health, tingling, can't focus, very tense upper back/neck muscle is this anxiety? Wifes symptoms, can't help her : (

Need psych evaluatio: You are describing elements of depression
(crying spells, sleep disturbance and inability to concentrate). Need full psychiatric evaluation to rule out medical disorders as cause and treatment asap. ...Read more

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Have high anxiety. 35 yr old female. NormalCBC negative ANA, started muscle twitching random places, hand cramps. ALS? Brain MRI negative. Please advi

Ask your primary: Care MD for referrals to a psychiatrist & psychologist for diagnosis & treatment of your Anxiety Disorder (s). Anti-anxiety medications may help, at least during the 1st months of Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy. Also ask for a referral to a neurologist to address your concerns. A normal neurological exam helps confirm a dx. Of Illness Anxiety Disorder, but does not make its symptoms go away. ...Read more

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Dr says fibro - ANA slightly high, depression, restless legs, muscle twitching, fatigue, tingling, joint pain headache, elbow/wrist pain, anxiety dr right?

Dr says fibro - ANA slightly high, depression, restless legs, muscle twitching, fatigue, tingling, joint pain headache, elbow/wrist pain, anxiety dr right?

Fibromyalgia: Though patients who meet the criteria for diagnosis of fibromyalgia can have many associated symptoms, and usually have poor quality sleep, the focus of that diagnosis is about the pain and tender areas. It is not usually about joint pain, and though ANA elevation is not diagnostic, you may want to discuss your symptoms with rheumatologist as there could be other issues. ...Read more

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On&offupper left back pain nerves or muscle? Could this also cause pain in arm& (chest warm twitching sensation) all this is giving me anxiety symptoms

On&offupper left back pain nerves or muscle? Could this also cause pain in arm& (chest warm twitching sensation) all this is giving me anxiety symptoms

Pain Management: Complaints of anxiety and chest/arm pains can be purely a muscle involvement however your complaints should be taken more seriously because they may represent conditions involving your heart. I would recommend to you that a full evaluation by your primary treating physician take place to assure you have no associated cardiac or other serious involvement in your case. ...Read more

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Weight. Loss can gain weight loss of muscle dizziness some painless muscle twitching in body had a rough year can it be aniety and u no any other cause?

See your PCP.: I am not sure if you are asking if weight loss or anxiety is causing muscle twitchings. Anxiety can certainly cause muscle twitches and also weight loss because the tension may make it difficult to eat. On the other hand, anxiety can also cause "anxious eating" or smoking or drinking alcohol. Your doctor could also rule out Hyperthyroidism which causes anxiety and weight loss. ...Read more

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Can depression amd axiety cause muscle twitching in legs calves eyes lids and loss of weight without trying?

Definitely, yes: Anxiety is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild episodes of anxiety are common and do not usually require treatment, more severe forms can be chronic and debilitating. See your PCP for evaluation and referral to a specialist. ...Read more

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Intermit zap "pain" suprapubic area dozens of times a day over last 5 days. No probs yest. H/o bodily muscle twitches perhaps anxiety related. Cause?

May be neuropathy: You could have some type of pudendal nerve neuralgia or neuropathy due to trauma (i.e. from sexual activity, other physical activity, childbirth, sharp blow to the crotch area, etc.). You may need blood urine, urine sample, and an examination by a physician. There may be specific mediation that can help depending on the diagnosis. Want more info in private consult? Www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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I have anxiety. Many physical symptoms, including muscle twitches and occasional parasthesia, can anxiety really cause that? Blood work clear.

I have anxiety. Many physical symptoms, including muscle twitches and occasional parasthesia, can anxiety really cause that? Blood work clear.

Yes is possible but-: Severe anxiety can cause muscle twitches and parasthesia especially when associated with hyperventilation. You mention you also have other physical symptoms. These symptoms plus the ones you describe can also be due to various medical conditions. In addition to the blood test you should have a complete history and physical examination. ...Read more

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Panicking about this doctors conclusion about my muscle twitch, I have health anxiety. >"But muscle twitches can be caused by some diseases as well."?

Panicking about this doctors conclusion about my muscle twitch, I have health anxiety. >"But muscle twitches can be caused by some diseases as well."?

Anxiety shows itself: In may ways. Once can mentally obsess over things that frighten the person or do behaviors to keep danger away, e.g., ritual behaviors, checking and re-checking. Physically there can be heart palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, sleeplessness, etc. Please go to a mental health professional for support if you think you have an anxiety disorder. Please see your doctor first. ...Read more

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Can general anxiety disorder cause physical neurological symptoms like muscle twitches?

Can general anxiety disorder cause physical neurological symptoms like muscle twitches?

YEs: General anxiety disorder as you know can be very debilating. But before you write this off as anxiety see your doctor who will likely tell you that muscle twitches can be related to yourproblem ...Read more

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Can anxiety cause muscle twitches all over body? I am having severe anxiety. Anticonvulsant meds for weight loss.

? medication rxtn: Depending on which medication you are taking, potential adverse reaction may explain your symptoms. But, would certainly wonder about other causes such as hyperthyroid or chemical/metabolic imbalances. Maybe due to the constellation of your symptoms, best to have a comprehensive visit with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have severe anxiety. Can that cause physical sympt such as muscle twitches/electric feeling in hands and feet? I'm a healthy person, just diagnosis with anxi

I have severe anxiety. Can that cause physical sympt such as muscle twitches/electric feeling in hands and feet? I'm a healthy person, just diagnosis with anxi

Seek therapy: Chronic prenatal anxiety exposes a fetus to excess glucocorticoids, which may cause enduring neuroendocrine changes. The effects on stress-related behavior, emotions, and cognitive abilities in offspring from infancy through adulthood are well-documented, as are the increased risks of premature labor, low birthweight & low Apgar scores. Ask your OB to refer you to a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist. ...Read more

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Could the constant stress, anxiety, and fatigue of having Crohn's disease cause muscle twitches and muscle pain?

Could the constant stress, anxiety, and fatigue of having Crohn's disease cause muscle twitches and muscle pain?

Not exactly: Teen w. Crohn's anxiety, fatigue, "muscle twitches" & myalgias. These are all symptoms; which can occur in Fibromyalgia. Primary cause of FM officially "unknown". Are IBS & Crohn's/Ulcerative colitis, IBD, varying intensities of bowel smooth muscle dysautonomia? I found pelvic joint instabilities in IBS & IBD; per ODG diagnostic criteria. Functional disorders of presacral plexus impingement? ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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