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My calf muscles twitch and spasms more and more lately. Concerns?

My calf muscles twitch and spasms more and more lately.  Concerns?

Claudication: Depending on what you mean by spasms this could be a serious condition. Pain in the calves can be do to what we call claudivcation. There are 2 main types, vascular and neurogenic. Depending on your age and other medical problems either is possible. If you are an athlete both are unlikely. Other causes of calf spasm could be electrolyte imbalance and or taking medications for high cholesterol. ...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


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What causes excessive muscle twitches? My thighs, calves, thumbs, and other body parts will twitch for months at a time?

What causes excessive muscle twitches?  My thighs, calves, thumbs, and other body parts will twitch for months at a time?

Muscle twitches: There are many causes of muscle twitches, such as electrolyte imbalances, medication side effects, or too much caffeine. They are usually self-limiting. When they are excessive, they are concerning. There are neurological conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als) that can cause muscle twitches. Please go see a physician for a thorough history, exam and appropriate testing. ...Read more

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I have muscle weakness, head aches, loss of focus eye and thought and the slightest exercise seems to make my internal muscles hurt for days.any ideas?

I have muscle weakness, head aches, loss of focus eye and thought and the slightest exercise seems to make my internal muscles hurt for days.any ideas?

Muscle weakness: headache, eye problems. These are symptoms that need to be evaluated by your doctor. Please see him/her asap. Lyme & Fibromyagia are a few of the possibilities. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I keep getting muscle spasms here and there and also sharp pain on buttocks, neck, back, and legs like I pulled a muscle. Is this fibromyalgia?

I keep getting muscle spasms here and there and also sharp pain on buttocks, neck, back, and legs like I pulled a muscle. Is this fibromyalgia?

Probably not: If the painis limitedto the neck and back it is unlikely to be fibro. See a rheumatologist. Spondylitis is a much more likely diagnosis in a young male. ...Read more

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One week of lexapro, (escitalopram) muscle twitches in left arm and calf muscles, headache, and stomach pain. Do i need to see dr. Or keep tolerating side effects?

One week of lexapro, (escitalopram) muscle twitches in left arm and calf muscles, headache, and stomach pain.  Do i need to see dr. Or keep tolerating side effects?

More to it: Give it a little more time and see if the side effects diminish. If not, talk to your doc about trying a different med. However, understand that medication alone is not optimal treatment for depression (if that is what you are treating). For most depressed patients, the benefits of meds are indistinguishable from placebo. Good treatment for depression is psychotherapy (with or without meds). ...Read more

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Hands have been very cold...I feel weak, anxious, and muscles are tense & achy in neck/back of shoulders. More than just stress and poor diet?

Hands have been very cold...I feel weak, anxious, and muscles are tense & achy in neck/back of shoulders. More than just stress and poor diet?

Possibly.: There are many conditions that can cause your symptoms among them are low blood sugar, hypothyroidism, poor sleep and diet, poor posture, medications, and of course anxiety. Please see your pcp so he can give you a thorough evaluation. ...Read more

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My muscle twitch sometimes and i also have tingling and hot sensations in my leg and hand, thoughts?

My muscle twitch sometimes and i also have tingling and hot sensations in my leg and hand, thoughts?

Twitching : Muscle twitching or fasciculation in the absence of weakness or atrophy (thinning of the muscle) is a common benign occurrence. The tingling and hot sensation in the hand/ leg could indicate some form of nerve function problem. The cause of the twitching may be related to the tingling sensation. This could be due to compression, or neuropathy. Check with your doctor for correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Do muscle twitches start before weakness in ALS ?muscle twitches for past 12 days.arm feels weird and that's arm w twitches but twitches other places

Twitches: Muscle twitches are often present in ALS, but there are many causes of muscle twitching that are not ALS. For many people, such a symptom is entirely benign. It appears the internet information out there generally indicates ALS for muscle twitching- that is not what most of us would say in clinic. Here is another resource: http://www.neurocuro.com/muscle-twitching-and-fasciculation/ ...Read more

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Had painful sensations in arm, muscle twitches in arms, legs and face and having lately painful joints, feet and leg muscles. Is this a nerve problem?

Had painful sensations in arm, muscle twitches in arms, legs and face and having lately painful joints, feet and leg muscles. Is this a nerve problem?

It could be, or more: Your guess is pretty reasonable, but it could also represent a metabolic or central nervous system issue. Medicines you take could also be a contributing factor. See your family doc to be sure.. ...Read more

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Muscle spasms and their causes... I have frequent muscle spasms all throughout my body... What causes these? They are constant !

Muscle spasms and their causes... I have frequent muscle spasms all  throughout my body... What causes these?   They are constant !

Many causes: Muscles in our body contract and relax consciously and unconsciously. A muscle that involuntarily contracts without our consciously willing it is called a "spasm." if the muscle maintains a sustained "spasm", it becomes a cramp, as can be seen with exercise. Overuse, spine problems, posture, fatigue, diminished blood supply, injury and certain diseases can contribute to spasms. See doctor. ...Read more

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Calf muscle hurts in left legLike it's about to cramp but doesn't. Feel it more when resting. Some tingling and numbness with cold feet. Also tired?

Calf muscle hurts in left legLike it's about to cramp but doesn't. Feel it more when resting. Some tingling and numbness with cold feet. Also tired?

Many things: There are many reasons for you to have the above described symptoms! It could be as simple as a muscle strain or cramp. Sometimes, diabetes and or hormonal imbalances could present with fatigue and numbness. ...Read more

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Twitching and muscle and joint pain. Been twitching for 15 months first calf and now bodywide. Pain in arms and shoulder. Can it be ALS after 15months?

Here we go again: Pain is a minor symptom of ALS, and joint pain is never a symptom. The cardinal symptom of ALS is weakness. No weakness, no ALS. That furshlugginer ice bucket challenge thing unleashed an epidemic of ALS anxiety among perfectly healthy mostly young people. I hope no one gets any more harebrained ideas like that one. ...Read more

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What causes muscle spasms I've been having muscle spasms constantly but worse at night. It happens in nearly every part of my body like chest, ribs, back, shoulder, legs and neck. My muscles always feel tense and i can't relax them at all. Im very tired a

What causes muscle spasms I've been having muscle spasms constantly but worse at night. It happens in nearly every part of my body like chest, ribs, back, shoulder, legs and neck. My muscles always feel tense and i can't relax them at all. Im very tired a

Physician evaluation: Muscle twitches are often seen in normal individuals after exercise, with physical or emotional stress, as part of a syndrome called benign fasciculation syndrome and may be caused by a wide variety of other problems such as electrolyte abnormalities, thyroid disease, and nerve root compression. Cramps can also be a side effect of cholesterol control medications. You should be evaluated by your md. ...Read more

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I have motor tics and I also have a dull pain in my arms and shoulders. My tics involve me tightening my muscles. Is my pain related to the tics?

It is possible: Spasticity is different than spasms, sounds like you are suffering from spasticity. My first choice of muscle relaxer would be one that works on the CNS. Baclofen, Gabapentin or riluzole. Valium is a possibility ; too many side effects. You really should be evaluated by a neurologist she can determine the best treatment for your tics. Meds not always the answer. Diet, exercise, sleep qualit ...Read more

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Is it normal for 900mg Gabapentin (I now take this 3x/day for Polyneuropathy) to make my throat feel numb and cause a lot of muscle spams in my arms, legs and face and also very quick sharp pains?

Is it normal for 900mg Gabapentin (I now take this 3x/day for Polyneuropathy) to make my throat feel numb and cause a lot of muscle spams in my arms, legs and face and also very quick sharp pains?

Not normal for sure.: I'll start by saying that the symptoms you describe are NOT normal ever, whether you're taking gabapentin or not. Gabapentin is supposed to treat painful conditions, not cause them. Based on the way it works, it isn't unikely to cause muscle spasms. Please inform your doctor about these symptoms. ...Read more

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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