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Involuntary movement of the leg?

Involuntary movement of the leg?

PLMD: During sleep this could be plmd. Many other cause are also possible. Need to see a neurologist. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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Involuntary Movements (Eg, Lip Smacking, Picking) (Definition)

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


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What's the cause of restriction in body movement?

What's the cause of  restriction in body movement?

Many possibilities: Muscle tears or injuries, arthritis, spinal injuries, surgical fusions, excess muscle tension, medication side effects, psychiatric disorders, neurological disorders, strokes, somatoform disorders and even personal injury attorneys and litigation. ...Read more

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What organ handles most involuntary movement in the body?

What organ handles most involuntary movement in the body?

The brain: The brain and central nervous system are generally responsible for voluntary and involuntary movements in the body. Twitching in muscles can be caused by a calcium deficiency and other causes. You must see a "neurologist", a specialist in nerve problems. ...Read more

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What type of muscles control involuntary movement?

What type of muscles control involuntary movement?

Invol. muscles: Called smooth muscles, such as muscles in eye which cause constriction & dilation of pupils, muscles in intestinal tract, etc. ...Read more

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What causes involuntary muscle contractions of the eyelid?

What causes involuntary muscle contractions of the eyelid?

Stress and dryness: You're referring to a 'blepharospasm', which is a flickering of the eyelid that usually resolves spontaneously after a few months. It's almost always caused by stress (including not sleeping well) and dryness. Try using artificial tears 4 times a day. If it doesn't go away after a few months, get checked. ...Read more

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What controls eye movements and the size of the pupils?

What controls eye movements and the size of the pupils?

Cranial Nerves: Cranial N II (Optic) subtends vision, III (oculomotor) subtends levator, superior rectus (sup. branch), medial rectus, inferior rectus, inf. oblique & pupillary constriction (inf. branch); IV (trochlear) subtends superior oblique; VI (abducens) subtends lateral rectus; and sympathetics along the arterial pathway subtend pupillary dilation. CN's on the left and right. Nuclei in the brainstem. ...Read more

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What body movements are involved in tardive dyskinesia?

What body movements are involved in tardive dyskinesia?

Dystonic: Movements can actually be of any sort, although slow writhing is usual. Tremors, spasticity, cramping can occur. Movements are asymmetric and poorly organized, coming at irregular intervals, although the intervals may be quite brief. ...Read more

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What sorts of movements usually damage the acl?

What sorts of movements usually damage the acl?

Pivoting and cutting: Acl injury commonly occurs with pivoting and cutting activities. Patients often recollect a definitive pop and near immediate swelling at the time of injury. Subsequent complaints of buckling and giving away are also common. ...Read more

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Whats the cause of shaking of the body and absent mindedness?

Whats the cause of shaking of the body and absent mindedness?

See your doctor: If you are not fully aware of your surroundings, it may be seizures, but you probably have to talk more with your doctor if it does happen quite frequently. ...Read more

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What are sudden, short jerking movements occurring when the body begins to relax in bed?

Hypnic jerks: Jerking movements occurring as one is falling asleep are called hypnic jerks and are normal. Jerks during sleep may be periodic limb movements if they are repetitive, brief, and occur in series. If they cause poor sleep or daytime sleepiness, they can be treated, but they often occur in normal subjects. Jerks may occur with sleep apnea , parasomnias (abnormal sleep behavior), and seizures. ...Read more

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In dystonia are the muscles subjected to the involuntary contraction ever damaged from the involuntary contraction?

In dystonia are the muscles subjected to the involuntary contraction ever damaged from the involuntary contraction?

Bulk up: In all the dystonias i've seen, i can't think of one where the abnormal contraction itself caused muscle injury. Usually, the muscle bulks up due to repeated "exercise" from the dystonia. Over time there can be damage to adjacent joints. For example, torticollis can damage the neck joints over the years due to extra wear and tear. Dystoniascan cause the muscle to hurt, but not damage. ...Read more

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What part of the body provides structure and rigidity?

What part of the body provides structure and rigidity?

The bones: Our bones, held together at joints and by ligaments create our structure and height. The cranium (head) is a complex group of bones that protects the brain and special organs (eyes and ears) with its rigid structure. ...Read more

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What part of your brain controls your head movement?

What part of your brain controls your head movement?

Lots: Sounds like a simple question but it is not. Some of it depends on what kind of movements. Not just one area. Movements of the tongue and other parts of the face are often assessed in cranial nerve examination, but motor strip areas, subcortical areas, and cerebellar play a part. ...Read more

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What is causing the involuntary contractions in my muscles?

What is causing the involuntary contractions in my muscles?

Usually normal: Spontaneous twitching of muscles is common in normal individuals. The twitching can involve the eyelids, facial muscles, chet wall or muscles of the limbs. There are some neurological conditions that can also present as twitching muscles. However in that case there are other symptoms too. So if your symptoms are significant then you should see a physician, preferably a neurologist. ...Read more

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Involuntary muscle contractions within the torso area that causes abnormal breathing?

Diaphragm: If you have started into an aerobic program and notice this pain it could be spasms of the diaphragm. This is a large muscle in thelower torso which can become overworked if just starting on a new aerobic program. If it does not get better over a short time period seek medical help to find out what is going on. ...Read more

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What part of the human body provides structure and rigidity?

The skeletal system.: The bones of the skeletal system provide the structure and rigidity. Crustaceans in the seas, however, are soft on the inside and have outer shells to provide this same structure and rigidity. ...Read more

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Involuntary muscle contractions in the arm are happening. Why?

Involuntary muscle contractions in the arm are happening. Why?

Various Reasons: This could be due to an electrolyte imbalance like low calcium or potassium. It could also be due to stress or anxiety. Could also be from caffeine, medication, exercise or lack of exercise. If its bothersome or persistent, a doctor can help evaluate from history and labwork exactly why this is happening in your muscles. ...Read more