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How can I stop the muscle twitching in my leg?

How can I stop the muscle twitching in my leg?

Muscle twitching: Your electrolytes should be drawn along with thyroid function tests. An MRI of your lumbar spine should be ordered to evaluate for possible disc disease, along with emg; MRI of your brain may also be warranted.

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What to do if the right leg muscle twitching/spasm?

What to do if the right leg muscle twitching/spasm?

Right leg spasm: Apply ice to your low back for thirty minutes while laying face up. If symptoms subside then you seem to have a right sided lumbo sacral radiculopathy. compression of a nerve root in your low back. Good luck

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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.

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Can cancers cause constant painless muscle twitching in the legs?

Can cancers cause constant painless muscle twitching in the legs?

Not to my knowledge: Most people get these from time to time, but if these fasciculations are suddenly very frequently, it may be worth getting seen for evaluation of possible peripheral nerve disease.

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Can pinched nerves in the back cause muscle twitching in the legs?

Can pinched nerves in the back cause muscle twitching in the legs?

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!

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Have muscle twitching and pain in legs. Had same two years ago it went away. I am a nervous persin and anxiety is high.

Nerve irritation: Pain with muscle twitching usually indicates nerve irritation at peripheral nerve or spinal nerve root irritation. Please get an evaluation with rehabilitation medicine specialist or neurologist. Also may need to have electrolytes checked.

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Correlation muscle twitching throughout body developed 6 years ago, followed by low extrem tightness months later to unilateral low leg swelling 2013?

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.

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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)?

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.

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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)

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Could there be a connection between the muscle twitching throughout my body and the unilateral leg swelling below the knee? Neurological?

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?

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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?

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.

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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?

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?

Unusual problem: If this bothers you, go see a neurologist who can investigate for known causes and may be able to correct the problem if there is any electrolyte abnormaiity (Calcium deficiency etc).

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Injury to R foot 6m ago. Disuse atrophy to lower leg. Muscle twitching along inner aspect of foot, now up to inside of leg to calf. Suggestions?

Injury to R foot 6m ago. Disuse atrophy to lower leg. Muscle twitching along inner aspect of foot, now up to inside of leg to calf. Suggestions?

If the disuse: Is secondary to cast you may have nerve damage from the cast. I would recommend physical therapy. You must get that foot and leg moving. You may want to get a baseline EMG/NCV study and of course follow up with your doctor.

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