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Neck. Pain shoulder pain scaping and cracking and popping when I turn my head plus been having painless. Muscle twitching in legs when at rest?

Neck. Pain shoulder pain scaping and cracking and popping when I turn my head plus been having painless. Muscle twitching in legs when at rest?

Neck pain: The crackling and popping in the neck are the facet joints in the cervical spine that are akin to cracking your knuckles. That is not a concern. What is a concern is the neck and shoulder pain associated with twitching or cramping in the legs. This may be a sign of pressure on the spinal cord from a disc. An MRI of the cervical spine and an evaluation with a neurosurgeon would be a good decision. ...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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Dipples in calves, cramping and leg twitching what could this be?

Dipples in calves, cramping and leg twitching what could this be?

Neurologist time: Primary care md will first order a doppler study (i don't know why) to work up leg symptoms. Cramping, dimpling and twitching suggests a problem with the excitability of the muscle due to muscle disease, neuromusclular problems, neuropathy or electrolite imbalance. If thyroid, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium and kidney function is normal, you probably need to be referred to a specialist. ...Read more

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Leg twitching and giving way have had a few falls?

Leg twitching and giving way have had a few falls?

Get seen!: We don't know enough details to be able to tell you exactly what is going on. You may have a problem in your leg or in your back, for example. To be safe and avoid serious complications, if this just started, go to the ER. If it has been happening for weeks or longer get seen soon and find out what is going on. Be sure to always hold handrails when on stairs. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the leg twitching to stop from abilify (aripiprazole)?

How long does it take for the leg twitching to stop from abilify (aripiprazole)?

Akathesia: You may be expeirencing akathesia. Sometimes medication like Cogentin (benztropine) or benedryl is required to treat this. ...Read more

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Could my leg twitching be connected to ankle injury?

Could my leg twitching be connected to ankle injury?

Twitching: Yes. Usually from the splinting of the muscles. Do find out why the injury occurred. ...Read more

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I suddenly stopped taking Prozac and Abilify (aripiprazole) and in 2 weeks I gained 10 pounds and I have been having leg twitching what could it be?

I suddenly stopped taking Prozac and Abilify (aripiprazole) and in 2 weeks I gained 10 pounds and I have been having leg twitching what could it be?

It is always: Preferable 2 discontinue meds progressively & slowly monitored by the doc who prescribed them 2 you. U should go back to ur doc, b frank and tell her/him the reasons u decide 2 stop ur treatment suddenly. A patient-doctor relationship is a 2 way street, u should feel comfortable 2 tell ur doc how u feel. Ur doc can help u w/ur weight gain & leg twitching. If u prefer a 2nd opinion see another dr. ...Read more

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I am experiencing night time leg twitching/jerking movements. What is causing this? This prevents me from falling asleep. What can I do

I am experiencing night time leg twitching/jerking movements. What is causing this? This prevents me from falling asleep. What can I do

Need evaluation: During that interval between wakefulness and sleep there is some normal shifting around of arms and legs. This does not normally require treatment.Anxiety can make these movement more pronounced and when anxiety is treated they lessen and sleep comes more quickly.
Sometimes however when the restless movements are very bothersome they represent restless legs syndrome (rls) and need meds. ...Read more

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Can low vitamin D be causing my symptoms? Been having leg twitching and calf cramps for a month along with pain under my left and right ribs.

Can low vitamin D be causing my symptoms? Been having leg twitching and calf cramps for a month along with pain under my left and right ribs.

Vitamin D: Unlikely the cause of your symptoms. Tell your doctor your concerns, you will be examined, and labs drawn. While waiting for the results you can by over the counter vitamin D (1000 or 2000 unit tablets/capsules with 100 per bottle). Not expensive and take one a day. Once you have the lab results some change may be needed but I expect not. ...Read more

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I've has these symptoms, headaches, leg twitching, weird sensation in arms, dizzy/lightheaded. I have been stressed and had some anxiety..

I've has these symptoms, headaches, leg twitching, weird sensation in arms, dizzy/lightheaded. I have been stressed and had some anxiety..

Symptoms: Our brain is very similar to how it was 50 thousand years ago. When it detected danger, threat vulnerability it caused us to fight or flee them. In order to do so it needed to prepare our body. Now our dangers are such that there is no place to run and no body to really fight (usually) - but the physical preparation still happens and manifests in many of the symptoms you describe. Www. Thecoachmd. Com. ...Read more

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20yr ago Herniated disc/sciatica, 8 yr ago calf atrophy began.5yr ago clean emg. Today still full mobility but further calf atrophy leg twitching, ALS?

20yr ago Herniated disc/sciatica, 8 yr ago calf atrophy began.5yr ago clean emg. Today still full mobility but further calf atrophy leg twitching, ALS?

Talk with your neuro: Logist post EMG to find out what nerve damage may have occurred that is contributing, especially since your EMG was normal. What was his/her advice to you? Herniated discs and sciatica don't normally cause calf atrophy. Ask him/her about your concerns with ALS, as you're not saying you have the typical symptoms of spasticity, spasms, cramps, fasciculations, or spreading of atrophy to other areas. ...Read more

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I get legs vibrations and occasionally leg twitches but it comes and goes. Better with exercise. Can it be sciantica?

I get legs vibrations and occasionally leg twitches but it comes and goes. Better with exercise. Can it be sciantica?

Not sciatica: Sciatica is pain radiating from lower back down one or both legs into the distal limb or foot. It can get worse with straining or coughing/ sneezing. You describe sensations or actions, not pain, so not sciatica. See your doctor or use our concierge service to uncover causation. ...Read more

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When I'm lying in bed at night I get violent leg twitches and spasms. Then they're really uncomfortable. How do I get them to stop?

When I'm lying in bed at night I get violent leg twitches and spasms. Then they're really uncomfortable. How do I get them to stop?

Stretch: Before bed do muscle stretching. No eating before bedtime. If that does not help get some labs (electrolytes, kidney function) done at the doctors office. If that does not lead to a solution consider a sleep study or a neurology consult. ...Read more

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What dose it mean when my leg twitches?

What dose it mean when my leg twitches?

Bengin concerns: This is usually of no consequence. Rarely could it represent
a neuromuscular condition such as ALS, commonly known
as lou gerhig's disease. Sometimes innocent appearing symptoms can be the heralding of a major illness but it usually would not be the only complaint as other problems would soon
arise ie weakness, loss of balance falling or tripping. ...Read more

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Having back and leg twitches, almost 30- 40 twitches a day. Most are in upper right leg. What could cause this? I have nf1 and chiari

Having back and leg twitches, almost 30- 40 twitches a day. Most are in upper right leg. What could cause this? I have nf1 and chiari

Peripheral nerve: Sheath neurofibromas can develop at pretty much any age in people with NF1. Your twitches signal the need to see your primary physician & your neurologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Have neurofibroma @ c6-c7 also chiari and have been having leg twitches and low back twitches what could cause this? My body just jumps in those areas

Have neurofibroma @ c6-c7 also chiari and have been having leg twitches and low back twitches what could cause this? My body just jumps in those areas

More info: NF and Chiari? This is going to require a careful neurological assessment. Look for signs and symptoms to localize the problem (brain, cord, peripheral nerve.) May need electrophysiologic testing like somatosensory evoked potential or MRI testing to sort this one out. Call your neurologist to inform them of the new problem. Find a neurologist if you don't have one. ...Read more

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Twitching all over body, mainly legs (mostly while resting), thigh vibrates hard, seems like it after huge stress/panic days. Supplements did nothing?

Twitching all over body, mainly legs (mostly while resting), thigh vibrates hard, seems like it after huge stress/panic days. Supplements did nothing?

Consult a neurologis: What you describe requires further questioning and testing and hopefully a physical exam. Involunteer movements are the scope of neurogists, and if they think so, they will refer again to another specialist, may be a psychiatrist. Given that you mention panic attacs, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder which exacerbates, worsens or even causes what you are dscriibing. ...Read more

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A headache for the past three weeks and I have getting constant right calf leg twitches and feels like my arms are pins and needles. Catscan bw clear?

Seizure or c spine: Seizures can sometimes present with just headaches and twitching or sensory symptoms. Cervical spine irritation can cause tingling in the arms and leg twitching. Ct scan won't show seizures or spine issues. You should be re evaluated with possible eeg and mri. ...Read more

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Leg, hip & groin pain for 2 mths, mostly at rest. Muscle twitching, burning and tingling. All the way to foot on rt side. Nothing helps.??

Leg, hip & groin pain for 2 mths, mostly at rest. Muscle twitching, burning and tingling. All the way to foot on rt side. Nothing helps.??

Sorry: A full review of your back, circulation, nerves needs to be conducted. Seeing your doctor who manages your testing will give you the most information. If pain is persistent and unrelenting seeing an Emergency Room doctor would be prudent. ...Read more

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Itchy feeling and irritable twitch feeling in both legs when resting after work.

Restless leg?: Consult your doctor to find out if you may have a neurologic disorder especially a condition known as restless leg syndrome. ...Read more

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With lou gehrid disease do the muscle twitches come and go? And do they only happen when the legs are at rest or are a continuous when stand up

With lou gehrid disease do the muscle twitches come and go? And do they only happen when the legs are at rest or are a continuous when stand up

Continuous.: Muscle fasciculations are continuous but cramps or spasticity intermittent initially. ALS can be seen in young individuals but is more common in older individuals. ...Read more

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Haven't slept well in 4 days. As I start to fall asleep something twitches; sometimes arms sometimes legs. What can I do tot prevent this & get rest?

Haven't slept well in 4 days. As I start to fall asleep something twitches; sometimes arms sometimes legs. What can I do tot prevent this & get rest?

Benign hypnic jerks: Nocturnal myoclonus, or benign hypnic jerks, are normal though sometimes bothersome. These may be worsened by alcohol, sleep deprivation, untreated depression, low potassium or magnesium, or hypoxia (low oxygen getting to the brain) from smoking/ sleep apnea/ lung disease or copd. Sleep hygiene should help. Good luck! ...Read more

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My boyfriend's hands, legs and arms twitches non stop during sleep and he tells me he never wakes up rested. I wonder if there's any way to help him?

See doctor: He may have a sleep disorder that has treatment and is easily diagnosed by a sleep study. He would then stop twitching and rest well and awaken refreshed. It is a common disorder known as pervasive movement disorder of sleep. ...Read more

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Thigh muscles ache/twitch after flu shot 4 days ago. Took blood labs no abnormalities. Neuro test reflexes/strength successfully. Told to rest legs and drink plenty of fluids, in 2 weeks emg. Opinions?

Thigh muscles ache/twitch after flu shot 4 days ago. Took blood labs no abnormalities. Neuro test reflexes/strength successfully. Told to rest legs and drink plenty of fluids, in 2 weeks emg. Opinions?

Sounds accurate: Cannot imagine a neurologic reaction to flu vaccine except that there have been some cases of guillion-barre syndrome (a form of ascending paralysis) associated rarely with vaccinations. The recommendation you received is good as long as you follow up quickly if you are not getting better and definitely if you develop any other symptoms. ...Read more