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Whats the difference with an MS twitch and overuse muscle twitch?

Whats the difference with an MS twitch and overuse muscle twitch?

Terminology: Not sure whether you are asking about an MS "hug", which is a tightness over the trunk due to spinal cord lesion. Muscle cramping in legs can occur in normals, but may also be a manifestation of spasticity. Are you wondering about muscular fasciculations, which could feel like a twitch? ...Read more

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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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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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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. ...Read more

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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

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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.

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

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I get muscle twitching all over body for over year. Brain MRI showed lesions on frontal lobe not pathological. Do all lesions mean ms?

I get muscle twitching all over body for over year. Brain MRI showed lesions on frontal lobe not pathological. Do all lesions mean ms?

Lesions: Rarely do brain lesions cause muscle twitching. There are are many causes of brain MRI lesions. Some causes are benign/nonpathological (falsely termed) due to not portending a specific progressive/degenerative process such as gliosis/lesions seen in migraine patients. Some lesions are definitely pathological like in MS. But diagnosis is clinical - based on history of symptoms, MRI, LP, & bloodwork ...Read more

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Imvision loss, muscle twitching, tingling in right leg, neuropohthy of both feet and vertigo. Mri clear also bloodwork. Doc said no ms. What then?

Imvision loss, muscle twitching, tingling in right leg, neuropohthy of both feet and vertigo.  Mri clear also bloodwork. Doc said no ms. What then?

Polyneuropathy: You basically have a neuropathy affecting multiple areas. If you haven't seen a neurologist, you need to. Polyneuropathy can have a wide variety of causes, including exposure to certain toxins, poor nutrition (particularly vitamin b deficiency), and complications from diseases such as cancer or kidney failure. An EMG will likely be helpful. ...Read more

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Does a numb patch on foot along with random muscle twitching including eye sound like early MS symptoms? Had a clean MRI and emg but still worried

Unlikely: especially given your negative workup. Many other conditions can cause these symptoms. If you notice progression of the symptoms, or develop new symptoms, call your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Numb patch in foot along with body wide muscle twitching and prickling skin. Brain/neck MRI normal.worried about ms. What other tests should I have?

Numb patch in foot along with body wide muscle twitching and prickling skin. Brain/neck MRI normal.worried about ms. What other tests should I have?

Prob not MS: With the normal MRI tests, it is probably not MS. If the numbness area is large, an EMG may help. You may find this tool helps the information about how to diagnose MS http://www.neurocuro.com/how-do-you-know-if-you-have-ms/ ...Read more

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My neurological symptoms have stumped the doctors.....?

My neurological symptoms have stumped the doctors.....?

YOU HAVE:: A proven skin punch biopsy diagnosis of small fiber neuropathy, and you possess one of the many causes of such an entity. Could be pre-diabetes, but with the ANA issues, might look further into collagen vascular categories. Other considerations, include Celiac disease, Sjogren's, HIV, paraproteinemias, B-12, etc. Would check anti-GM-1 with IgG, IgM, as you might have an autoimmune sensory neuropathy, and might respond to a course of IVIG. Can you visit a neuromuscular specialist? ...Read more

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35 male eye twitching, dizziness, face numbness, arm and leg weakness & fatigue, tight muscles MRI clear for MS what are other possibilities?

35 male eye twitching, dizziness, face numbness, arm and leg weakness & fatigue, tight muscles MRI clear for MS what are other possibilities?

Asthenia: The other possibilities are anemia, thyroid problem , adrenal cause, connective tissue disease, vitamins, mineral deficiency &hypoglycemia. You have asthenia. The possibility of cancer and anorexia should be sought. Please see your doctor who knows you well. Thanks. ...Read more

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Right calf muscle pain and twitching right arm feet tingling and pain shortness of breath pain in chest area diziness light headedness is it ALS or ms?

Right calf muscle pain and twitching right arm feet tingling and pain shortness of breath pain in chest area diziness light headedness is it ALS or ms?

Doubt it : you have a variety of symptoms which I cannot categorize with one diagnosis. This is where you should see your physician, get clarification, possibly see a neurologist, or other consultants to help clarify your symptoms. ...Read more

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Can an anxiety disorder mimic symptoms like ms? Muscle twitches ,prickly sensation, numbness ? Had normal brain,neck MRI and clean emg.

Can an anxiety disorder mimic symptoms like ms? Muscle twitches ,prickly sensation, numbness ?
Had normal brain,neck MRI and clean emg.

Effects of anxiety: Symptoms of prickling, numbness and twitching can occur in anyone, and they can be more noticeable to someone feeling anxiety. Your tests are ok. That is great! Means those nerves are healthy. Maybe just oversensitive. ...Read more

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Muscle twitches and pain, numbness in limbs, pain behind my eyes, slightly worsened coordination: ms? (i also have epilepsy, no seizures for 7 years)

Muscle twitches and pain, numbness in limbs, pain behind my eyes, slightly worsened coordination: ms? (i also have epilepsy, no seizures for 7 years)

? Side effects: It is possible your symptoms could be due to MS. there are other causes too. This question will be difficult to answer online. The best way to get attention for these symptoms is by visiting with your neurologist. A conversation and an examination are a good way to start. Some symptoms can be a side effect of medication. Have there been any changes in the medicines you take? ...Read more

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Numb patches on one foot and muscle twitches including in the eye.Concerned about MS but had normal brain and neck MRI and clean emg.Anxiety?

Numb patches on one foot and muscle twitches including in the eye.Concerned about MS but had normal brain and neck MRI and clean emg.Anxiety?

Well now...: This being HealthTap and not a doctor's office, you won't get an answer to what it IS, but normal MRIs pretty much rule out MS and a normal EMG/NCS rules out a large-fiber neuropathy. Not everything our bodies do has a precise name or explanation. Sometimes you have to take the practical approach: If it goes on for 1-3 yr without change or anything else developing, it's probably benign. ...Read more

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Anxiety & multiple sclerosis sure do have the same symptoms.How do you tell the difference? Doc won't test for ms,even though twitching & eye problem.

Anxiety & multiple sclerosis sure do have the same symptoms.How do you tell the difference? Doc won't test for ms,even though twitching & eye problem.

MS vs anxiety: Can be tricky in some cases, but usually anxiety has "extra" symptoms and signs which are unlikely to be caused by MS. Also signs of anxiety may be fleeting. Eye twitching alone is not likely to be MS. I do not know what your eye symptoms are, but a dilated eye exam can rule out involvement of the optic nerve which is a key finding for MS. ...Read more

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Can MS cause weakness in legs and twitching?

Can MS cause weakness in legs and twitching?

Potential causes: Many possible etiologies, including problems within brain, neck, middle and lower spines. Certainly, MS can present with leg weakness and spasticity, and often these initial lesions are within the spinal cord in the neck. But your description can apply to many other causes and best to have a neurologist assess the situation and decide an approach to confirm diagnosis. ...Read more

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Muscle Twitching (Definition)

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