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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 the cause of your strain if possible
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Try rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE)
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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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I've been getting muscle twitches in the sides of my head for awile now. Its not painful but it is annoying. Just want to know what it can be.

I've been getting muscle twitches in the sides of my head for awile now. Its not painful but it is annoying. Just want to know what it can be.

Multiple reasons: Source could be from trigeminal or facial nerve irritation from a virus, bacterial infection, or pressure/inflammation from a tumour/ mass. Any head injuries? Do you box or play contact sports? Might be as simple as electrolyte imbalance from lack of magnesium, potassium, or calcium. A blood test can determine that. Might be genetic if relative has similar presentation. ...Read more

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Does herpes cause muscle twitching?

Does herpes cause muscle twitching?

Muscle twitching: I have had some patients complain of this issue. Herpes is a virus that lives in the nerves and when a nerve is irritated it can become hyper excited and cause the Twitching sensation. This should subside once the flare goes away. ...Read more

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Is muscle twitching a sign of leukemia?

Is muscle twitching a sign of leukemia?

No: Muscle twitching is not a sign of leukemia. Twitching can happen for many reasons, including drinking too much coffee or not sleeping enough. ...Read more

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Can MS cause muscle twitching all over the body?

Can MS cause muscle twitching all over the body?

Rather unlikely: Muscle twitching isn't usually associated with multiple sclerosis, and more likely would represent a problem with your thyroid, or a medication reaction, or even issues with metabolic imbalance. Less likely for your age, muscle, nerve, and motor neuron issues. You might possibly have benign fasciculations. See a neurologist and get this diagnosed; ...Read more

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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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How can excess of water may cause muscle twitching?

How can excess of water may cause muscle twitching?

Dilution: Excess water (lots of water) can dilute some electrolytes in your blood. Those electrolytes are important in nerve conduction. Nerves activate your muscles, so if there are "electrical" disturbances, your muscle can twitch. ...Read more

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Can a malabsorption problem cause muscle twitching?

Can a malabsorption problem cause muscle twitching?

Possible: Nutritional deficiency can highly impact your muscle mass and strength. Twitching however may be caused by electrolyte imbalance. Thus it all depends on what kind of malabsorption you are concerned with. On the other hand, a drug reaction (bronchodilator for asthma), too much caffeine, or a neurologic disorder may cause twitching as well. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of muscle twitching in my shoulder?

What could be the cause of muscle twitching in my shoulder?

This could be: An electrolyte abnormality such as hypokalemia (low potassium) or hypercalcemia (high calcium). It could also be due to dehydration, muscle spasm from over exertion. Be sure to drink plenty of h2o and if it persists see your doctor for blood work. ...Read more

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Muscle twitching is driving me nuts, what can I do to stop this?

Muscle twitching is driving me nuts, what can I do to stop this?

See below: These symptoms need to be fully and thoroughly evaluated by your physician who can then explain them to you and discuss with you what's best. ...Read more

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Does insufficient sleep cause muscle twitching or does it affect the nerves?

Does insufficient sleep cause muscle twitching or does it affect the nerves?

Yes impacts brain: Yes, it seems to cause muscle twitching due to its effect on your brain. Nerves are not affected by sleep, they are just basically wires that connect your brain to your muscles. ...Read more

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Are there any neurotransmitter imbalances that would cause muscle twitching all over body?

Are there any neurotransmitter imbalances that would cause muscle twitching all over body?

What an odd question: The role of neurotransmitters in myoclonus is still under study. What you're describing can be caused by problems elsewhere in the body, and in fact very often is. The brain is just an unfortunate bystander. The underlying cause is what needs to be found. See your doctor and let him/her figure it out. And I'm afraid if you bring up neurotransmitters, you'll probably just get a blank stare. ...Read more

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Is muscle twitching in the thighs normal after a workout? The twitching only lasts a few minutes.

Is muscle twitching in the thighs normal after a workout? The twitching only lasts a few minutes.

Yes especially if a: Hard workout. Not to worry. This is most common if you really push it. They feel weak and quiver, but this is short lived. Keep well hydrated and take a day off between heavy workouts. ...Read more

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I have been having muscle twitching almost 2 years now and its better somedays and worse somedays, is this bfs? I twitch when just stretching too

I have been having muscle twitching almost 2 years now and its better somedays and worse somedays, is this bfs? I twitch when just stretching too

Neurologist: I suggest you seek an evaluation by a neurologist. You may need nerve conduction studies or other evaluation methods to help determine if these twitches are a sign of something more involved, or just a physiologic quirk. Good luck. ...Read more

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Chronic intermittent muscle twitching. Occurs bilaterally and in ue and le as well as trunk (usually extension spasm). Increasing frequency. Causes?

Chronic intermittent muscle twitching. Occurs bilaterally and in ue and le as well as trunk (usually extension spasm). Increasing frequency. Causes?

Neurologist: Some muscle twitching can be harmless and in these cases there is no muscle pain or weakness. With such generalized twitching I recommend an evaluation by a neurologist for diagnosis. Calcium and magnesium deficiencies and neuromuscular conditions will be considered. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get muscle twitching?

Is it normal to get muscle twitching?

Can most times: Usually due to being tired or not getting enough rest. But if it persists or worsens you could be having a metabolic problem such as low potassium, calcium or magnesium. ...Read more

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Can exercising cause muscle twitching?

It could: Whenever you exercise your muscle loose oxygen and produce lactic acid. This does result in cramping of muscles. Electrolyte imbalance cause this so energy drinks do help. However, if you are really concerned follow up with you doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause persistent muscle twitching?

What can cause persistent muscle twitching?

Nerve pressure: Possible causes include pressure on the nerves from muscles or spinal discs. There are neurologic conditions that can cause it as well as metabolic ones. Need to see a doctor. ...Read more

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Does physical exertion cause muscle twitching?

A twitch is: A muscle contraction, and it can be caused by electrolyte imbalances, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, or acid-base changes brought on by exercise that builds up lactic acid. Rubbing mobilizes products, increases circulation and re-established homeostasis. ...Read more

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


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