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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


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Almost constant twitching in left calf and some in right. I have mild lumbar scoliosis with hypertrophy and spinal stenosis. Could this cause this?

Almost constant twitching in left calf and some in right. I have mild lumbar scoliosis with hypertrophy and spinal stenosis. Could this cause this?

Twitching: How long has this been going on? It may be ok. It is a common symptom. Twitching could be caused by some changes in your back, in particular if there are changes around S1, which is a common site for stenosis. What is more important- are the calves strong? Do they seem like a normal size? If you can stand up on your toes/balls of your feet, it may be ok.

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Can spinal cord injury (no known trauma) cause twitching through out the body? MRI of brain normal. Take magnesium, calcium, D3, but no help.

Can spinal cord injury (no known trauma) cause twitching through out the body? MRI of brain normal. Take magnesium, calcium, D3, but no help.

Unlikely: What type of spinal cord injury might you be referring to if you are saying there is no trauma in the history? In addition, for twitching throughout the entire body to be related to spinal cord damage that would imply that virtually the entire spinal cord itself would have to have been affected and that is highly improbable. Bottom line-spinal cord injury not responsible for body twitching.

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Experiencing jerks and twitches post-op spinal surgery. Is this common?

Not really: Although it varies somewhat based upon when you had surgery and what type of surgery you had, it is not really a typical postop complaint. I would certainly make sure your surgeon is aware. Thank you.

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Hello I have spinal stenosis, im 55 two fusions in c5 c6 one plate in front two in back now I am having a twitch in my chin any ideas if conected? Th

Hello I have spinal stenosis, im 55 two fusions in c5 c6 one plate in front two in back now I am having a twitch in my chin any ideas if conected? Th

Not likely: The nerves that supply your chin and the rest of your face exit directly out of the brain and so are not affected by abnormalities in the neck. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated.

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Can l4-5 spinal stenosis + left sided herniation cause muscle spasm in both legs? Why do I feel weakness in leg as it twitches?

Yes: Spinal stenosis generally causes diffuse weakness in both lower extremities and get aggravated with activity. Leaning forward as you would on a bike or sleeping in a fetal position flexes the spine and generally alleviates the pain from stenosis. You appear to have a one level disc herniation which would cause numbness, weakness, spasm in the muscles that are innervated by that nerve root.

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Why are my nerves always twitching?

Why are my nerves always twitching?

Nerve dose twitch: Muscle twitches are caused by our muscles tightening up involuntarily in other words when we're not actually controlling them muscle twitches can happen for lots of reasons like stress too much caffeine a poor diet exercise or as a side effect of some medications most twitches go away in a few days and are nothing to worry about some time the cause nerve problems or other medical conditions.

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My question is what causes twitching to occur?

My question is what causes twitching to occur?

Lots of things: Many reasons to have twitches - from completely normal, to a tired muscle to some serious diseases. Depends on where the twitching happens and how long it lasts/when it occurs.

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How come I have twitching, but nobody else in the family has it?

How come I have twitching, but nobody else in the family has it?

Twitching?: This term is difficult for us as neurologist it mean different things among which tics? Myoclonus, tremors? Seizures? So what cause it? Where? How frequent? Need neurology evaluation--bring video.

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My kidney feels like its twitching?

My kidney feels like its twitching?

Rest assured that...: ...your kidney, for as many years as it sits in the back of your body attached to a bladder full of wet urine, perhaps always trying to absorb the shock of your poor posture as well as when your babies were squishing the heck out of them while you were pregnant....that they are not looking to move down the street by jumping out of your body and slithering away. Twitching's for MUSCLES not beans!

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How long does anxiety twitching last?

How long does anxiety twitching last?

Muscle twitches can: POSSIBLY be from low magnesium. Please see you doc to rule out other conditions. He/she can also measure your magnesium w/blood work. Then you can supplement if needed. Peace and good health.

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Does compressed nerves cause twitching?

Does compressed nerves cause twitching?

Yes: Acutely compressed nerves can result in muscle twitching, muscle spasm and typical painful radiation patterns. This is due to the abnormal signal the nerves are now sending to the muscles which are reacting to its signal. Sometimes this is an involuntary action in which the nerve is reacting like a reflex arc that is on replay. This cycle of nerve signaling needs to be broken to improve this.

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How can I stop twitching/jerking my head?

How can I stop twitching/jerking my head?

Find the cause: To stop a problem, generally you have to know what causes it. Multiple causes for head jerking occur, including nervous tics, huntington's disease, parkinsons, excessive caffeine, stimulant drug abuse, prescription drug side-effects.

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Where is my face twitching on the left side?

Where is my face twitching on the left side?

Some may be a nerv-: -ous facial twitch. Many times it's hard 2 find the reason why they develop. If this of a great concern, make an appointment 2 see your PCP, & get referrals if warranted.

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What can cause uncontrollable facial twitching?

What can cause uncontrollable facial twitching?

A couple possible: Facial myokymia and hemifacial spasms would be fairly recognizable causes. Tardive dyskinesia, and Tourette's might present this way. Have you seen a neurologist??

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I am constantly twitching my head, what's wrong?

I am constantly twitching my head, what's wrong?

You might have: A tic or a tremor. Medical evaluation should lead to an accurate diagnosis - however, the cause is not always discernible. Take care.

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Why does my eyebrows keep on twitching in the day?

Why does my eyebrows keep on twitching in the day?

Blepharospam: Consider myokymia, which is quite benign and often due to eyestrain, fatigue, stress, but also, blepharospasm which causes squinting and irritation. Might check with your doctor to see if an underlying irritant is present.

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Could you tell me why I always keep twitching my head?

Could you tell me why I always keep twitching my head?

Comments: Best to visualize your movements, but possibilities include essential tremor, hemifacial spasms, spasmodic torticollis, tardive dyskinesia, Tourette's syndrome, as a few examples. A face to face visit with a neurologist should help.

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Left chest quivering and twitching internally. Normal?

Left chest quivering and twitching internally. Normal?

Just relax: May be you just exited or anxious. Just relax yourself!! Drink tea, camomile tea is good. Take a rest. It's not normal, but may happen with anxiety.

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My boyfriend keeps twitching in his sleep. Is this normal?

My boyfriend keeps twitching in his sleep. Is this normal?

No: One possibility is a condition called restless leg syndrome. An overnight sleep test can determine this and/or other conditions that may be at play. A sleep specialist can then diagnose and recommend the right treatment for your friend.