Top
20
Doctor insights on: Muscle Twitching Mean Als

Share
1

1
24m worried bout ALS muscle twitching all over body nothing really feels any weaker than norm just really worried about this awful disease?

24m worried bout ALS muscle twitching all over body nothing really feels any weaker than norm just really worried about this awful disease?

ALS: I would have it evaluated then. Put your mind at ease. See a neurologist or physiatrist and get a good evaluation and possibly an electrodiagnostic study. Twitching in muscle is common and usually benign. ...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


3

3
Intermittent random muscle twitching that jumps around. Without weakness is this most likely benign and not ALS?

Intermittent random muscle twitching that jumps around. Without weakness is this most likely benign and not ALS?

Usually benign: Fasciculations does not = ALS. They are more likely a symptom of excess caffeine, lack of sleep, anxiety, stress, etc. Diagnosis for ALS does include fasciculations in the criteria, but only one part of it, and must be accompanied by weakness in the same limb. Twitching as related to ALS indicates dying muscle and therefore weakness which does not come and go. See a Neurologist for eval if needed. ...Read more

4

4
For the past couple months I have noticed random muscle twitching. Lasts 2-3 seconds. No weakness. 34 yr old female. Chance of ALS?

Muscle twitch: Many causes of muscle twitches, ALS is not likely to be the cause of them. If they persist or increase in frequency or length of time, u should be checked. ...Read more

5

5
Since August 20 I started to have dayli muscle twitching all over my body that last a few seconds. Should I be concerned ALS, MS or something bad.

Since August 20 I started to have dayli muscle twitching all over my body that last a few seconds. Should I be concerned ALS, MS or something bad.

Fasciculations: This is quite common and nobody understands it. If everything else is good, relax. This is not how either illness presents. You may read up on "benign fasciculation syndrome" if you want. Some folks say that there are associated systemic symptoms such as fatigue; I doubt this. Best wishes. ...Read more

6

6
Can MS or ALS cause muscle twitching and headaches?

Can MS or ALS cause muscle twitching and headaches?

Yes: Either condition can cause these symptoms but there are also many less serious medical conditions that can cause them. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
Since last week I started to have muscle twitching, then burning n pain, now some spasm. I'm scare cos searching said ALS or MS. Could it be or not.

Pesky Doctor Google!: If your "searching" led you to jump to MS or ALS as possible coses of your symptoms, that shows clearly that you don't know how to evaluate what you're reading as it applies to your body. Stop "searching" and leave the diagnosing to the doctors. ...Read more

8

8
Sister died of ALS I am experiencing muscle twitching and tingling, no noticeable weakness. ALS?

Hereditary ALS: Genetic familial ALS is very rare, and clusters in folks of South Pacific backgrounds. Most likely you have benign fasciculations, but thyroid dysfunction may also be a culprit. Suggest you have these items checked by a neurologist, just to reassure you if nothing else. My condolences for the loss of your sister. ...Read more

10

10
Began this week - intense bilateral nonstop muscle twitching in feet/calves. No weakness. Does a bilateral onset suggest something other than ALS?

Several possibilitie: Unless someone, a doctor, told you that you have ALS, I don't think that is the first thing to come to mind. Electrolyte abnormalities (K, Ca, Mg) should be checked, along with thyroid function. Certain medications and illicit drugs can be a major factor. I suggest you consult with your family doctor. Good luck! ...Read more

11

11
Sometimes when using my hands they cramp up. What's the chance of this being ALS? 35 yr female? Have some muscle twitching all over random. Please adv

Fairly unlikely: ALS is possible, but not real common. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a much more common cause of what you are describing. I would not hesitate to be evaluated for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more

13

13
Can ALS have sudden onset within 3 weeks? 35 yr old female. Started hand aches, now right forearm tightness. Muscle twitching random. Scared

Hand symptoms: There are many potential reasons for hand and forearm symptoms such as those you're describing, so there is no reason to jump to the conclusion that you have ALS. If your symptoms are persistent, you should see your doctor for a physical exam, to determine the cause of your problem. Good luck. ...Read more

14

14
I have muscle twitching all over my body, buzzing and tingling, muscle pain (no cramps), tendon pain, no weakness. It is 18 months. Can still be als?

ALS: Als is a disease of the Alpha motor neuron and is a motor only disease. This means it affects the way muscles work. It can cause twitching in muscles. Buzzing and tingling is inconsistent with als. Consider seeing your primary care provider and possibly a neurologist. ...Read more

15

15
How common is ALS before 30 with no family history? 28/white/male worried about ALS due to 2 weeks of muscle twitching, possible weakness in arms/legs

How common is ALS before 30 with no family history? 28/white/male worried about ALS due to 2 weeks of muscle twitching, possible weakness in arms/legs

Not common: Not common, certainly, but if you are concerned I would not hesitate to be fully evaluated by a neurologist. ...Read more

16

16
I got tested for gonorrhea it came back posistive after I look on line seeing gonorrhea contract HIV I got scared stress started crying i.Get muscle twitching wen im up but not wen I sleep I loss my appetite can't focus im getn weird sharp pain but it als

I got tested for gonorrhea it came back posistive after I look on line seeing gonorrhea contract HIV I got scared stress started crying i.Get muscle twitching wen im up but not wen I sleep I loss my appetite can't focus im getn weird sharp pain but it als

Probably not HIV: I agree with previous reply. I'll add that although having or getting gonorrhea does increase the risk of HIV, gonorrhea is far more common than HIV and the odds are you don't have HIV. Get tested for HIV if not yet done; you can expect negative. HIV doesn't cause symptoms like yours; I agree it's probably stress/anxiety. If your gonorrhea hasn't yet been treated, get to the clinic or doctor ASAP. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
17

17
Have high anxiety. 35 yr old female. NormalCBC negative ANA, started muscle twitching random places, hand cramps. ALS? Brain MRI negative. Please advi

Have high anxiety. 35 yr old female. NormalCBC negative ANA, started muscle twitching random places, hand cramps. ALS? Brain MRI negative. Please advi

Ask your primary: Care MD for referrals to a psychiatrist & psychologist for diagnosis & treatment of your Anxiety Disorder (s). Anti-anxiety medications may help, at least during the 1st months of Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy. Also ask for a referral to a neurologist to address your concerns. A normal neurological exam helps confirm a dx. Of Illness Anxiety Disorder, but does not make its symptoms go away. ...Read more

18

18
Stiff fingers, hand feels weak, dizzy, tingly hands/feet, tremors all over, muscle twitching, trouble finding words. Had MRI's&Bld tsts. ALS?

Many issues: You describe a multitude of symptoms, and may possess a peripheral neuropathy. Unlikely that you have ALS, which is quite rare. An EMG study might help, but better yet, see a neurologist, and uncover your diagnosis. ...Read more

19

19
In my case I'm 22, I have twitching n n jerking in some body muscle, left leg and arm feal weak on and off, could that mean ALS, what's the %?

<1% chance of ALS.: It is common for people to experience muscle twitching phenomena. Be healthy, eat right, exercise, & do not worry. In the early stages amyotrophic lateral sclerosis presents with increasing weakness in one limb, usually a hand. Fasciculations (twitching muscle fibers) are usually subtle. Then speech & swallowing difficulties are seen, as is difficulty walking. Still worried? Your MD can do a test. ...Read more

20

20
Is muscle jerking and twitching on difrent parts of body signs of als, or only if it's in one part? Not constant they come and they go?

Relax: You may have muscular irritability, but your description is not at all worrisome for ALS, which is a rather uncommon condition in general. Might see your doctor and get examined, as many benign conditions can be reversed. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Donald McCarren
327 Doctors shared insights

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