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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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Moments of involuntary shaking and twitching. It starts in the hands & soon I feel it in my arms. I feel dizzy & really weak. When I try to talk, the words first come out stuttered. But then it gets more difficult. My lips tense up & and my cheeks fill wi

Moments of involuntary shaking and twitching. It starts in the hands & soon I feel it in my arms. I feel dizzy & really weak. When I try to talk, the words first come out stuttered. But then it gets more difficult. My lips tense up & and my cheeks fill wi

Hello.: Hello. I noticed that you have tagged both panic attacks and seizures here. I will start by describing panic attacks. Panic attacks are usually brief. They often last a couple of minutes to around ten minutes. Symptoms can include a sense of severe anxiety or panic as well as chest tightness or pain and a rapid or pounding heartbeat. There could also be areas of numbness or pins and needles type sensation. A person can experience hot flashes or chills and perspire heavily. There may be a tickle sensation in the stomach or nausea. When a person has a panic attack they may feel dizzy or faint and may become physically shaky. The person may fear that they are going crazy, they are out of control or that they are about to die. They may have a sense that they are unreal (a form of dissassociation called depersonalization). The sense that everything in the environment feels abnormal is derealization.
Although what you are describing sounds a lot like a panic attack; it is very important to have a full physical evaluation to rule out the possibility that this a medical problem. I recommend that you be evaluated by your family doctor. He or she may consult with a neurologist. Clearly these episodes feel really bad, so I hope you get a medically evaluated soon. ...Read more

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I have been experiencing involuntary twitching in my right index finger for a few days now and also have experienced twitching my right shoulder I and wondering what you think could be the cause?

I have been experiencing involuntary twitching in my right index finger for a few days now and also have experienced twitching my right shoulder I and wondering what you think could be the cause?

Benign most likely: Many causes for twitching which are entirely benign: fatigue, caffeine ingestion, listening to way too much rock 'n roll (I guess that's from my time not yours!! HA!) & the list continues. You'll hear people talk about potassium and bananas & wonder (as do I) where they get such notions because that's NEVER the explanation. If it doesn't subside soon and it bothers see your (or a) doc. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat involuntary index finger twitches/ spasms?

What is the best way to treat involuntary index finger twitches/ spasms?

Twitching: It depends on cause of involuntary twitches of fingers. Muscle relaxer, valium, and Botulinum toxin injection can helps. ...Read more

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Hi there. I've been stabbing pains in my chest close to my heart and last night I noticed an involuntary twitch on my left thumb. What could be it be?

Hi there. I've been stabbing pains in my chest close to my heart and last night I noticed an involuntary twitch on my left thumb. What could be it be?

It could be....: Time to close your computer and have someone transport you to the ER or UC clinic for further evaluation, diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Who do I need to see for involuntary muscle twitching in my hips? Only when I sit or lie down.

Int Med or Neurology: This does not, at first thought, sound like a surgical problem to me. I would consider seeing an internal medicine physician to confirm your overall well-being and then perhaps consider a neurologist if necessary. ...Read more

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I am experiencing an involuntary pulling downward in my face, lip and below lip. It happens several times a day and started with twitching of lip.?

I am experiencing an involuntary pulling downward in my face, lip and below lip. It happens several times a day and started with twitching of lip.?

? calcium deficiency: Low calcium can lead to a condn. Called tentany (not tetanus which is by a bacterial toxin) causing irritability of facial ms/ns. You need to get examined by your doctor as we need to some lab works with calcium, parathyroid hormone levels as well as clinical exam. Other possible causes like tics, parkinson's related problems and occasionally conditions like atypical sz, chorea, tourette's syndro. ...Read more

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A spot in my hand is twitching on/off since yesterday. It is very annoying, what can I do to stop it? (Think im healthy, just recently went to the dr.)

A spot in my hand is twitching on/off since yesterday. It is very annoying, what can I do to stop it? (Think im healthy, just recently went to the dr.)

Muscle twitches: Are normal from time to time in everyone and you have several conditions that make you more susceptible. You probably ARE healthy and should just ignore it and it will go away. ...Read more

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I get involuntary twitching while trying to sleep. Why?

I get involuntary twitching while trying to sleep. Why?

Sleep myoclonus: Please read the article below. It is probably nothing to worry about, but if it continues to worry you or interrupt your sleep, you may wish to see a neurologist who is also a sleep specialist.
www. Sleepassociation. Org/index. Php? P=sleepmyoclonus
sleep myoclonus: sleep myoclonus is a form of myoclonus which occurs during sleep, usually in the stage just before deep sleep. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What to do if I have painless involuntary forehead tightening twitching?

What to do if I have painless involuntary forehead tightening twitching?

Facial spasms: Does the twitching involve just one side of the forehead? If so it could be a condition known as Tic Convusif or hemifacial spasm. This typically involves the entire face eventually and can be treated with medication and possible surgery if the medications fail. ...Read more

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I have recently noticed twitching and weakness in my hands, what could be wrong?

I have recently noticed twitching and weakness in my hands, what could be wrong?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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I recently started experiencing tingling in the body, and occasional involuntary twitching although not during sleep. What could this be?

I recently started experiencing tingling in the body, and occasional involuntary twitching although not during sleep. What could this be?

Strange: See your doctor!
full family and personal history.
Medications, other drugs?
Worrisome and needs full evaluation and some testing, I think. ...Read more

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How is it that I might be experiencing involuntary body twitching and jerking?

How is it that I might be experiencing involuntary body twitching and jerking?

Potential answers: Sudden involuntary sharp jerks could be myoclonus, but you could also have a tremor issue, or even focal motor seizures. See a neurologist and get this diagnosed. ...Read more

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How do you stop yourself from involuntary muscle twitching fasciculations?

How do you stop yourself from involuntary muscle twitching fasciculations?

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

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Is constant involuntary body twitching/jerking, and body pain a sign of ALS or other neuro issues?

Is constant involuntary body twitching/jerking, and body pain a sign of ALS or other neuro issues?

ALS concerns: Are best addressed by a Neurologist who treats this. (Not all neurologists do) Exclude the many conditions that can cause muscle twitching first. Start with PMD and some blood tests and ask about a neurology consultation. ...Read more

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I am having twitching in my back area on my left hand shoulder blade base and sharp pains there?

I am having twitching in my back area on my left hand shoulder blade base and sharp pains there?

C6 radiculopathy: Sounds like pain from nerve pressure in the neck. I would get an exam and a MRI of the neck to evaluate this. ...Read more

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I have involuntary muscle movement and twitching... can being pregnant make it worst because I am pregnant and it seems like it has. Why is that?

I have involuntary muscle movement and twitching... can being pregnant make it worst because I am pregnant and it seems like it has. Why is that?

Possibly: Pregnancy is known to cause disturbances in electrolytes due the body causing an increase in water retention. Thus changes in concentration of substances such as magnesium may in turn lead to muscle cramps and possibly twitching as well. ...Read more

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Have twitching & sudden involuntary movements. Went to hospital & had an EEG done. It came back normal. What other tests can I take for movements?

Have twitching & sudden involuntary movements. Went to hospital & had an EEG done. It came back normal. What other tests can I take for movements?

Blood tests: Blood tests for electrolytes and certain vitamin levels would be helpful. A neurological evaluation may also be in order. Stress can be a factor. Are you on any medication? These are all possibilities. ...Read more

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What exactly can be the causes of involuntary head twitching?

What exactly can be the causes of involuntary head twitching?

Dyskinesias: Involuntary movements are broken down into those caused by a tremor, tics, myoclonus, dystonias, chorea, athetosis, and hemiballismus. Those hyperkinetic movement disorders that have a tendency to involve the head include tremors (titubation), tics, and dystonias. The cause for the aforementioned are mostly genetic but at times can be related to metabolic disturbances or meds. Well wishes. ...Read more

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My son, 4yrs old I've recently noticed involuntary facial "twitching" and faces. Healthy, very advanced for his age. Should I be concernd?

My son, 4yrs old I've recently noticed involuntary facial "twitching" and faces. Healthy, very advanced for his age. Should I be concernd?

Tic Disorders evolve: Over time. His 2 motor tics, facial twitches & moues (faces) can occur alone or as part of a neurodevelopmental disorder (asperger stndrome, adhd, or tourette syndrome). Are his conversational skills & reciprocal social interactions as good as his ability to talk about his favorite topics? Is there a family history of ts, ocd/ anxiety disorders, adhd? The tics won't hurt him; do tell his doctor. ...Read more

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What does hand twitching indicate?

What does hand twitching indicate?

Not Sure?: I am not clear on what you mean by hand twitching. If your hand has a tremor while at rest and this is new it should be checked out. If you have a tremor while trying to do something with your hand, an intention tremor, this too should be checked out by your doctor. If your hand seems to spasm after you have been doing something like writing this can be a sign nerve entrapment. See your doctor. ...Read more

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What does it mean if your hand starts twitching today?

What does it mean if your hand starts twitching today?

Twitching happens: Most of the time, twitching (an involuntary muscle movement, usually very small), is harmless and resolves quickly without treatment. High stress, dehydration, low blood sugar, certain medications, electrolyte imbalances and many other things can cause twitching that lasts a long time. If your twitching does not resolve quickly, then it is time to see y our family doctor! ...Read more

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What could cause painless involuntary forehead tightening / twitching?

Facial nerve: Facial nerve supplies the forehead muscles and anything that makes the facial nerve get active will cause this, idiopathic hemifacial spasm is the most common cause of this, sometimes it is from an actual compression of the facial nerve or due to its inflammation, consider neurological consultation for this issue as you need an MRI brain to r/o a mass and inflammation ...Read more

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43 yr old f, diagnosis 8/2012 with rrms. Past 3 mos both hands hv begun twitching, making use of touch screens hard. Could this be new MS symptom? Advise pls?

43 yr old f, diagnosis 8/2012 with rrms. Past 3 mos both hands hv begun twitching, making use of touch screens hard. Could this be new MS symptom? Advise pls?

GET TO DOC: Although could be relapse, could also be a co-morbidity, and in either case, sounds like you are having trouble and need help. If indeed relapse or progression, absolutely needs to be treated and reversed asap. See your neurologist, and make certain that your medications are potent, not the older self-injectables. ...Read more

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Why is my right arm/hand shaking and twitching? I need some advice.

Why is my right arm/hand shaking and twitching? I need some advice.

This is dangerous: You don't provide any other information, but you could possibly be having a stroke or a limited seizure or a severe chemical imbalance and my best advice is, you should be seeking medical attention right now. ...Read more

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6months ago I started having tingling in hands. Now I have muscle twitching all over my body. The tingling is more here and there.?

6months ago I started having tingling in hands. Now I have muscle twitching all over my body. The tingling is more here and there.?

Get neurology exam: When you first mention the tingling in your hands,
my first thought would be to evaluate possible
carpal tunnel syndrome
But the other symptoms are non specific
So I think you'll need a good neurology exam
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I have fasciculations and twitching of first web space of left hand for last one month. No diagnosis is being reached, please advise?

I have fasciculations and twitching of first web space of left hand for last one month. No diagnosis is being reached, please advise?

Probably benign: Unless this is associated with a progressive course or other serious signs or symptoms I don't think you have much to worry about. Thumbs and eyes are a common place for benign fasciculations to occur. ...Read more

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Hi, I've been having a lot of problems shaking. Mostly shaky hands, but latly my face has been twitching too? I have a healthy diet, so I don't know y I do tht

Hi, I've been having a lot of problems shaking. Mostly shaky hands, but latly my face has been twitching too? I have a healthy diet, so I don't know y I do tht

Twitching: In someone young and otherwise healthy, twitching can happen because of medicines, caffeine, anxiety, lack of sleep. There are other uncommon neurological and endocrine things that can cause this too, but I tell my patients to avoid the caffeine, stimulants and get lots of sleep first for a few days before doing extensive workup. ...Read more