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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

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 have painless, intermittent muscle twitching in the base of my skull and a cold/wet sensation like a drop of water near my eye. Symptoms for ~3wks?

I have painless, intermittent muscle twitching in the base of my skull and a cold/wet sensation like a drop of water near my eye. Symptoms for ~3wks?

Watch and wait: It can really be anxiety producing when you experience new & unpredictable sensations in your body. It's never happened before, why now? These are both symptoms that seem to be related to the nervous system, but will likely resolve. Possibly some mild nerve involvement from a virus. I would watch, intensify stress management & relaxation, & see your doctor in another couple weeks if persists. ...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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Can cervical stenosis 8 mm cause irritation explaining why symptoms of intermittent muscle twitches felt all over including calfs/sensory sensations?

Can cervical stenosis 8 mm cause irritation explaining why symptoms of intermittent muscle twitches felt all over including calfs/sensory sensations?

Cervical stenosis: Yes. The nerve fibers in the spinal cord travel from the neck down to the back and into the legs. The medical term is cervical myelopathy. People with this problem often complain of cramps in legs at night, numbness in the hands, and difficulty with urinary retention. ...Read more

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Intermittent random muscle twitching that jumps around . Without weakness is this most likely benign and not ALS?

Intermittent random muscle twitching that jumps around . Without weakness is this most likely benign and not ALS?

Usually benign: Fasciculations does not = ALS. They are more likely a symptom of excess caffeine, lack of sleep, anxiety, stress, etc. Diagnosis for ALS does include fasciculations in the criteria, but only one part of it, and must be accompanied by weakness in the same limb. Twitching as related to ALS indicates dying muscle and therefore weakness which does not come and go. See a Neurologist for eval if needed. ...Read more

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For 13 months i've had all over muscle twitching & left upper arm pain, last 2 mos i've had a lot of twitching/intermittent pain in ears & throat-help!

For 13 months i've had all over muscle twitching & left upper arm pain, last 2 mos i've had a lot of twitching/intermittent pain in ears & throat-help!

Evaluation: Please get checked by a neurologist quickly. Muscle twitching (or fasiculations) particularly if it is affecting the throat as well can be a significant neurologic problem such as als. ...Read more

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Intermittent pain on left side/flank under rib and sometimes a Visible small muscle twitch below my sternum on left side. Gall stones No kidney stones?

Intermittent pain on left side/flank under rib and sometimes a Visible small muscle twitch below my sternum on left side. Gall stones No kidney stones?

It could be muscle: strain, inflammation of the stomach or spleen etc. Gallstones or gallbladder and liver inflammation present with right upper quadrant pain, not left sided discomfort. Kidney pain is usually located at mid-back and a Urinalysis will show blood and/or pus cells. Go see your Dr for a thorough exam. God Bless you! ...Read more

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What can I do to get help for a muscle twitch?

What can I do to get help for a muscle twitch?

Depends on the type: If your leg or arm jumps you could have restless leg syndrome which is treatable.Other remedies may include more rest or evaluation of your body chemicals such as potassium. ...Read more

Dr. Donald McCarren
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Muscle Twitching (Definition)

Muscle twitching is a symptom where a person has involuntary contractions of one ...Read more