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I get involuntary movements when very stressed/frightened /have flashing lights or screens in front of me/had lots caffeine/very lil sleep.What is it?

I get involuntary movements when very stressed/frightened /have flashing lights or screens in front of me/had lots caffeine/very lil sleep.What is it?

Anxiety: You may be suffering from an anxiety disorder in addition to excess caffeine effects. Consult with your doctor to understand the origin of your distress, if you are cleared medically consult a clinical psychologist to help you lessen your anxiety and learn new ways of coping. Anxiety is based for the most part on inaccurate perceptions. Best. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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For 2 year, I have had hyperactive bowel sounds, they get worse during stress . Sometimes, not always, i would have lose stools. Bowel movements:1 per day?

For 2 year, I have had hyperactive bowel sounds, they get worse during stress . Sometimes, not always, i would have lose stools. Bowel movements:1 per day?

Anxiety or not : Anxiety is associated, in fact it presents with physical symptoms including rumbling stomach, cramps, nausea, diarrhea, shortness of breath, chest heaviness, tingling, , hot flashes, chills, dry mouth among others. So a person can have any combination of the above. But there could be other physical underlying factors that need to be ruled out, the two may coexist. See ur dr. Help is effective. ...Read more

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Involuntary movement of head and shoulders just has movement getting worse

I'm : I'm sorry but this question is difficult to answer over the internet. What you need to do is to see a neurologist interested in movement disorder who will be able to diagnose the problem after seeing it. It could be any number of things that are potentially treatable. Good luck. ...Read more

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What to do if i continue getting these involuntary movements quite a lot, just all of a sudden. I've read many things but don't know which would apply to me?

What to do if i continue getting these involuntary movements quite a lot, just all of a sudden. I've read many things but don't know which would apply to me?

This is complex: You need expert help, unless you have unusual neurological expertise, you will not figure out how to manage this, and it is far safer to see a neurologist ASAP. You could have epilepsy with focal seizures, or even a movement disorder, and these issues require very specific directions. ...Read more

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Why do you get involuntary bowel movements? What causes this?

Why do you get involuntary bowel movements? What causes this?

Fecal incontinence?: Occasional incontinence of stool with fecal leakage is common, but loss of bowel control particularly without warning may signal a significant infection, inflammatory problem, maldigestive concern, or neurologic disorder. Sometimes, particularly in youths, the condition is behavioral. Often, anal manometry followed by biofeedback can be curative without the need of surgery or medication. ...Read more

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The Internet never agrees on this. Do you really need to have one to three bowel movements daily? Ever since reading that, I get stressed if I dont go

The Internet never agrees on this. Do you really need to have one to three bowel movements daily? Ever since reading that, I get stressed if I dont go

Relax: If you eat a well balanced, low fat, high fiber diet, drink lots of water, get moderate exercise and avoid medicines that slow down your bowels, like narcotics, you will be fine. Don't get caught up in the number of bowel movements someone else says you "should" have. ...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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Hi, I am suffering from tics, like involuntary movements of eyes, for the past 2 yrs, it's discontinues , comes and goes. Is there treatment for it?

Hi, I am suffering from tics, like involuntary movements of eyes, for the past 2 yrs, it's discontinues ,  comes and goes. Is there treatment for it?

Treatment of tics: Does sound like tics- they come and go (usually get worse when under stress or a new situation), and they can even change in type over time (like go from eye rolling to blinking to facial twitches, to clearing throat). If they are disruptive enough, medications like clonidine, topiramate, and others do help but can have side effects like drowsiness. ...Read more

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Involuntary Movements (Definition)

Involuntary movements are a clinical finding in which there are muscle contractions that are not intentional. These are caused by a variety of ...Read more