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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

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

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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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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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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I have twitching/involuntary movement around both my eyes. Could they be due to chronic sinusitis?

Highly doubt: Chronic sinusitis has nothing to do with involuntary twitching movement "around both my eyes." It's unclear what you're describing and should see your doctor. But sinuses it sure ain't. Good luck. ...Read more

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Involuntary movements an issue? Have invol. Movements only when I try sleeping. Lip puckering/ twitching. Jaw moving. Muscle twitch. Face twitching.

Involuntary movements an issue? Have invol. Movements only when I try sleeping. Lip puckering/ twitching. Jaw moving. Muscle twitch. Face twitching.

Could be normal.: Involuntary movements may occur during the dreaming phase of sleep. Some people may have difficulty getting to sleep because they worry a lot and when they finally fall asleep their muscles twitch which can cause them to wake up. It can also happen when you are very tired and yet you may have a hard time to relax and sleep. I wouldn't worry too much about this. ...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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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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What are possible causes of involuntary muscle twitching of the face? Particularly the mouth? No previous history.

What are possible causes of involuntary muscle twitching of the face? Particularly the mouth? No previous history.

Hemifacial spasm: Hemifacial spasm is an involuntary twitching of the facial muscles. Usually around the eye and corner of the mouth. It is thought to be caused by an artery that compresses the seventh cranial nerve. Treatment begins with medications to calm the nerve irritation. Botoxin injections is the next option and surgical microvascular decompression of the seventh nerve is performed for intractable spasms. ...Read more

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Causes of Involuntary eye lid twitching Only right eye lid twitch, happening last 2 days?

Causes of Involuntary eye lid twitching Only right eye lid twitch, happening last 2 days?

Eye tic: Involuntary eye twitching is called a tic. While distressing, it is seldom serious. It is often related to stress, so adequate rest and stress reduction techniques like meditation should help. Also often related to magnesium deficiency. Take 400 mg of magnesium (ideally as magnesium taurate or glycinate) and a good B complex. If not improved in a week or so see a doctor to evaluate. ...Read more

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Possible causes of involuntary movements/twitches?

Possible causes of involuntary movements/twitches?

Some causes: Hereditary dystonia, Tourette's, myoclonic jerks and myoclonic epilepsy, Parkinson's, Huntington's, post-traumatic reactions, tardive dykinesia, medication reactions. ...Read more

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Why would someone have involuntary eye twitches as well as excessive eye blinking?

Why would someone have involuntary eye twitches as well as excessive eye blinking?

Blepharospasm: Refers to excessive eye blinking, and the twitches could represent myokymia. Several underlying problems may cause this, and it is best to seek the consultation of an ophthalmologist to diagnose and achieve treatment success. ...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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I have involuntary facial twitches accompanied by back pain and frequent anxiety attacks. What could be the problem?

I have involuntary facial twitches accompanied by back pain and frequent anxiety attacks. What could be the problem?

See your Dr.: Your symptoms could be due to several things ranging from psychological to hormonal to other things or could be nothing serious. The best way to find out is to get evaluated by your primary care doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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In the last year I have developed a eye twitch. I don't realise I do it but its noticable to others, its like an involuntary hard blink.

In the last year I have developed a eye twitch. I don't realise I do it but its noticable to others, its like an involuntary hard blink.

Question please: Understand the info provided but not sure what your question is. Please consider resubmitting with a clear and specific question. ...Read more