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Why Do My Leg Muscles Twitch
Minerals and water: Your muscle twitching is most likely due to dehydration from not drinking enough water and /or you are not getting enough magnesium and potassium in your diet. You should try to drink enough water each day to keep your urine pale yellow to clear all day. You need to increase the your fruit and vegeatble intake to 5-7 sevings per day to get enough magnesium and potassium. We are what we eat. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
An adrenalin effect: Nervousness or anxiety releases epinepherine or Adrenalin which energizes muscles getting you ready to fight or run. Meds like oral steroids or water pills as well as caffiene can cause hyper-sensitive muscle fibers too. New or over-exercise can also over-use muscles and cause them to feel "watery" and loose and twitchy. ...Read more
Muscle activity: Muscles tend to ripple, or vibrate, when they have undergone changes in activity. If they were very busy (and tired) from heavy exercise, they will twitch and vibrate more often. A similar sensation occurs when trying to lift something very heavy. Consider the word fasciculation and see if that fits what you are describing. Hope that helps! ...Read more
Cramps: If you are older they amy due to a vascular obstruction. If you have them at rest they amy be due to magnesium or potassium deficiency or sometimes calcium deficiency. Also there are nerve damage problems from the low back to consider. It is probably good to ask you physician to sort all this out. ...Read more
Myokymia: Most commonly twitching over the eyelid is rather benign, and is associated with fatigue, eye strain, stress, etc. However, less commonly, may be seen associated with problems at the brainstem (pons). The latter more likely involves more widespread areas of the face. Get reassured by a visit to an eye specialist. ...Read more
Mus tear/irritated: Why do your muscles spasm/twitch? An injury to the muscle or its nerve supply will result in twitching or spasming. The body tries to repair the damage and as the nerve fibres are reconnecting beyond the injury site, they go through a period of twitching till they recover. ...Read more
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Muscle Twitching: 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. ...Read more
When does it happen?: Pay attention to when you get the spasms - maybe you are doing something as simple as gripping too hard. Perhaps it comes from hunched over posture. Take stretching breaks and arch your back and open up the front of your shoulders(where nerves are) otherwise muscle spasms respond to: adequate water intake, magnesium (glycinate won't give you the runnies that oxide and citrate will) and calcium. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Method: Check your method , or have a trainer review with you. ...Read more
Spasm: Most likely a fairly simple muscular spasm of very tight or injured para spinal muscles of the back and neck. Bending your head forward (flexion) causes stretching of these muscles and like a rubber band that is stretched too much, the muscles snap back and spasm causing your symptoms. Typical treatment involves careful and purposeful stretching, prescription muscle relaxants and often massage. ...Read more
Past injuries: Once you have injured a muscle, it is more likely to be injured in the future. You can lessen this chance by strengthening the muscle off the field and performing adequate stretching before playing. ...Read more
Leg cramping: leg cramps can reflect a relative salt deficiency, or potassium deficiency, or calcium deficiency, or magnesium deficiency; extreme over use of muscles can result in nocturnal cramps too; it is unlikely you have a circulatory problem - try a bit more of the above minerals - natural sources are best. ...Read more
Had all over muscle twitching for 4 months. I feel a one-time twitch in one part of my body and then it moves to another. Mostly legs. Bad or benign?
Fasciculation: May be either or both. Twitching is related to involuntary movement of the muscle under the skin. The majority are benign and most or all people have at one time or another. It may be associated with diseases of the motor neuron, such as als. If persisting would have evaluated to a degree that it is concerning would have a neurologic evaluation. ...Read more
Is it normal to have a lot of muscle twitching (face area) and what feels like I'm being shocked/jolted on the legs?
Nope: I would recommend you visit a doctor. ...Read more
I recently had two epidural injections for my herniated disk about a month apart for my L5/S1 vertebrae now I’m experiencing muscle twitching and throbbing not just my legs but arms now is this a side effect or there’s something else happening here ?
Something else: Epidural injection for L5/S1 problem puts steroid in the very bottom of your spine and it really does not go anywhere else. Therefore, it does not affect the arms. What you are experiencing is not likely from the steroid injection. ...Read more
Yes- it is possible: It depends on what nerves and what muscles. If you were to say however the twitching is all over, it may not be fair to say it came from the back. Do you know if you have pinched nerves in the back, or do you have twitching only? Where is the twitching, and how much is there? Maybe start by answering those last two questions. Good luck! ...Read more
Have muscle twitching and pain in legs. Had same two years ago it went away. I am a nervous persin and anxiety is high.
What could be cause of random muscle twitching in the hips area that makes me want to move my legs? It happens only when I am lying down or sitting.
Correlation muscle twitching throughout body developed 6 years ago, followed by low extrem tightness months later to unilateral low leg swelling 2013?
One leg swelling: does not tie into the previous two problems (atrophy could) Swelling can be caused by leaky vessels, tissue injury, deep vein thrombosis, clogged lymphatics, bleeding into the leg, etc. Twitching followed by tightness of muscles obviates a good neurological assessment. ...Read more
I left strenght training 3 months ago. Now there are muscle twitching in my whole body, no weakness , no atrophy. But nowthere are pins & needle (leg)?
One possibility..: Although rare, there is a neurologic condition, benign fasciculation syndrome characterized by twitches, cramping, tingling without weakness (that is a quick summary). See a neurologist or a physiatrist for evaluation to be sure. Whether it is this or something else, physical exam can reveal a lot. It could be a simple electrolyte imbalance. If neurologic, the nerves can be tested easily. ...Read more
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
Leg muscle twitching when i wake up. Have disc bulge/herniation. How is my disc issue causing fasciculations and why only after sleeping does it occur?
Had weakness on left side of my body few months ago. tingling/needles sensation on my legs
started it again 1month ago n recently muscle twitching too?
See doctor now: You need full evaluation and now. I do not know how old you are but you better get going ...Read more
I am experiencing muscle twitching mainly in arms legs back and abdomen. It's been happening for over a month and is concerning me now
Myoclonus?: I am sorry but we can't diagnoses this. Consider assessment. ...Read more
Could there be a connection between the muscle twitching throughout my body and the unilateral leg swelling below the knee? Neurological?
Highly doubt it: You basically outlined the answer and its rationale in your question....Bravo....that's an artistic flare. Something focal vs. something generalized and not only that but we're talking about symptoms that little to nothing in common with each other.....twitching or possibly muscle fasciculations vs. swelling or edema. The question is what is the edema or swelling due to? Trauma, infectious dz? ...Read more
Had FSGS for ten years. Legs/wrists have cramps, calves non stop muscle twitching, test results ok. Why muscle twitching? how can I stop it?
Define FSGS: Statins are always suspicious in this setting. You can try Quinine but your insurance copy may not allow this for leg cramps. The FDA it only allows this to treat malaria but we have used it for 40 or more years for nocturnal leg cramps A lot of people have success with magnesium supplementation and this may be an approach. ...Read more
Been having muscle twitching in arms, peitoral muscles, abdomen and legs for 2 or 4 years now, very frequent, happen several times a day for some seconds each. What should I do ?
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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