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Muscle twitching in legs could it be a start of Parkinson's disease?

Muscle twitching in legs could it be a start of Parkinson's disease?

Not likely: Micrographia often is the earliest sign of Parkinson.s disease. (redution in the size of hand writing. Blance issues and difficluty with initiation of mobement may come next along with a pill rolling tremor of one hand. Twitching and muscle loss in the legs can be caused by many conditions. (ALS-diabetic amyotrophy, neuropathy, spinal cord syndromes etc) ...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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Do I have Parkinson's disease? My muscles twitch, my hips ache, I get dizzy often, I've been hunching over a lot, but I just got over the flu.

Do I have Parkinson's disease? My muscles twitch, my hips ache, I get dizzy often, I've been hunching over a lot, but I just got over the flu.

Doubtful: Parkinson's is exceedingly unlikely in a 16-year-old woman like yourself! Unless there's a very strong history of it in your family starting at a young age, you need not worry about this. The symptoms--rest tremor that gets better with movement, slowed movements, stiffness, and instability while standing--sounds different from what you report. If you're still concerned, you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Over the last 3 years various different muscles twitch with my mother.Our doc says it a touch of Parkinson's. Will the twitching get worse.

Over the last 3 years various different muscles twitch with my mother.Our doc says  it a touch of Parkinson's. Will the twitching get worse.

See neurologist: "Touch of Parkinson's" may turn out to be full blown Parkinson's disease, or other progressive problem as time passes. Treatments are available, but get this properly assessed, diagnosed, and managed. Need specialty involvement. ...Read more

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My muscles/nerves sometimes twitch rapidly. Is this an early sign of something like Muscular Dystrophy or Parkinsons coming later in life?

My muscles/nerves sometimes twitch rapidly.  Is this an early sign of something like Muscular Dystrophy or Parkinsons coming later in life?

Not likely: I remember worrying about my muscle twitching as a young man. Neurodegenerative disease unlikely. It seems that we all twitch from time time, with little focal areas of fasciculation. 50 years later and I'm still not degenerating since my first concern (I think). Not the case, however, if accompanied with weakness, pain, or reduced sensation, in which case you would merit a neurologic eval ...Read more

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Please help! what is the main difference between alzheimers' and parkinsons' disease?

Please help! what is the main difference between alzheimers' and parkinsons' disease?

Movements: Alzheimer's disease affects mainly memory and other cognitive functions. Parkinson's disease affects movements, either by tremor or by rigidity. It does not affect cognitive functions in the early stages. ...Read more

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29 y/o male woke up with a muscle spasm in hand casing thumb to twitch. Worried about parkinsons/als?

29 y/o male woke up with a muscle spasm in hand casing thumb to twitch. Worried about parkinsons/als?

Ans: Well does not sound like Parkinson's. You need to give a good history. So best to see a doctor if the issue occurs again ...Read more

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With motor neuron disease would the muscle weekness come before the painless muscle twitching when at rest?

With motor neuron disease would the muscle weekness come before the painless muscle twitching when at rest?

Motor neuron disease: There are two types of neuronal loss in motor neuron disease. Upper motor neuron problem causes weakness without fasciculations (muscle twitch). Lower motor neuron involvement may present with fasciculations before any noticeable weaknees. Therefore weakness may come before, during or after the onset of fasciculations. You need to see a neurologist rather than worrying about the disease. ...Read more

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Can kidney diseases cause muscle twitching?

Can kidney diseases cause muscle twitching?

Yes : The kidneys are one of the main regulators of your electrolytes, such as potassium for example. So problems in the kidneys can cause electrolyte abnormalities which can affect muscle function and tone. Don't hesitate to be seen if you are having problems. ...Read more

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Can a liver disease cause muscle twitching on face and neck?

Can a liver disease cause muscle twitching on face and neck?

Yes: Liver damage can lead to the buildup of ammonia and other toxic materials in the body. The toxic materials can damage brain tissue. That could show up as impaired motor control, spasms, twitches. But if liver disease is mild it's less likely, but there are many factors that can result in both liver disease AND nerve/muscle abnormalities. It's worth getting checked out by your doc. ...Read more

Dr. Donald McCarren
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Muscle Twitching (Definition)

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