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Muscle Twitches (Overview)

The twitches you can see and feel in muscle are contractions of irritable muscle fibers. They are sometimes seen with muscle fatigue. I sometimes see young people with fasciculations who google the word and come in afraid they have ALS . There is also an entity called benign fasciculation syndrome that is sometimes accompanied by cramping. Caffeine and theophylline (in tea) can provoke them.


Muscle Twitches (Overview)

The twitches you can see and feel in muscle are contractions of irritable muscle fibers. They are sometimes seen with muscle fatigue. I sometimes see young people with fasciculations who google the word and come in afraid they have ALS . There is also an entity called benign fasciculation syndrome that is sometimes accompanied by cramping. Caffeine and theophylline (in tea) can provoke them.


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What does it mean when your leg muscle twitches when you're on a level 3 ADHD medication?

What does it mean when your leg muscle twitches when you're on a level 3 ADHD medication?

ADHD medication: Stimulant medications can cause muscle twitchings and cause an underlying tic problem to surface or get worse. Moderate to severe tics should be a reason to discontinue the stimulant med. ...Read more

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Managing Eye Twitching (Checklist)

Reduce caffeine intake
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Reduce alcohol intake
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How do you treat persistent muscle twitching after stopping benzodiazin?

How do you treat persistent muscle twitching after stopping benzodiazin?

Time...: Typically it will take time. Benzos act on the brain similar to alcohol, and withdrawal can cause many things, including twitches. Remember, taking benzos or alcohol may help temporarily, but the problem will just be delayed. If you are taking other medications (such as meds for mental illness), see your dr to make sure these are not contributing, as the benzos could have been covering this up. ...Read more

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What could calf/eye/arm muscle twitches(non painful)in an 18yr old girl mean? I just finished treatment for amebiasis. Twitching since week 2 of sick.

What could calf/eye/arm muscle twitches(non painful)in an 18yr old girl mean? I just finished treatment for amebiasis. Twitching since week 2 of sick.

Many possibilities: Muscle twitches can be caused by a wide variety of things. More common causes are caffeine, stress and nutrient deficiency. If you were having a lot of diarrhea with your amebiasis, you might have also had some nutrient loss. Persistent muscle twitching can also be a symptom of a more serious problem. I recommend you see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Treating Muscle Strain (Checklist)

Determine cause, if possible
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Try R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
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Ease back into activity. Don't overdo it!
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Consider physical therapy or range-of-motion massage
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Is there any immediate cure for muscle twitching?

See a doc: It is important to try to find the underlying causes of muscle twitching. Usually if this is done, the twitching can be "cured". There are many reasons for muscles to twitch including, fatigue, too much caffeine, thyroid disorders, disorders of calcium or magnesium metabolism, toxins and some neurological disorders. See your doc and have it evaluated. ...Read more

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Lou gedrid disease and alzeimers do.people gets painless muscle twitches when the muscles are already dead?

Lou gedrid disease and alzeimers do.people gets painless muscle twitches when the muscles are already dead?

Alzheimers disease: ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) and Alzheimer's disease are both neurodegenerative diseases. The muscles are not dead. It is the neurons that are dying. In ALS it is the motor neurons that are dying and in ALzheimer's it is the neurons of the hippocampus (temporal lobe) that are dying. People with ALS maintain their cognitive function but the Alzheimer's patients do not. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Muscle Twitching (Definition)

Muscle twitching is a symptom where a person has involuntary contractions of one ...Read more