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Doctor insights on: Why Do My Legs Twitch At Night

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What causes twitching legs during the night?

What causes twitching legs during the night?

Several possibles: There are a couple types of movement disorders that occur mostly at night. One is a variant of restless leg syndrome, called periodic limb movements disorder of sleep. This can seem like kicking or writhing so might not be what you mean there are some other movement issues that could cause actual muscle twitching and smaller movements. If possible have a video taken to show doc or sleep eval. ...Read more

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My daughter is 5 and she's been twitching at night in shoulder to her leg and sometimes when awake what could this be?

My daughter is 5 and she's been twitching at night in shoulder to her leg and sometimes when awake what could this be?

Twitching: There is normal twitching and then twitching that can be seizure activity. Twitching can be gently stopped where as a seizure cannot be manually stopped. Take a video and show your doctor. That will help with the diagnosis. All the best. ...Read more

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I am experiencing night time leg twitching/jerking movements. What is causing this? This prevents me from falling asleep. What can I do

Need evaluation: During that interval between wakefulness and sleep there is some normal shifting around of arms and legs. This does not normally require treatment.Anxiety can make these movement more pronounced and when anxiety is treated they lessen and sleep comes more quickly.
Sometimes however when the restless movements are very bothersome they represent restless legs syndrome (rls) and need meds. ...Read more

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I have noticed muscle twitching after taking Zoloft (sertraline) 200mg at night in my arms and legs I usualy go 2 sleep straight away but not yesterday is this ok?

I have noticed muscle twitching after taking Zoloft (sertraline) 200mg at night in my arms and legs I usualy go 2 sleep straight away but not yesterday is this ok?

My opinion: No: Zoloft (sertraline) can cause a creepy crawly feeling or twitching in the arms and/or legs. This is thought to be due to spillover into dopaminergic neurons especially at the higher doses. It can be calmed down with klonopin, but you need to review the pro's and con's of having abnormal muscle movements with your treating physician. ...Read more

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56 year old male, do drink every night, have high ferritin. Recently find that muscles burn whilst working in workshop, legs cramp, twitching in sleep?

56 year old male, do drink every night, have high ferritin. Recently find that muscles burn whilst working in workshop, legs cramp, twitching in sleep?

Hemochromatosis?: High ferritin may be a sign of hemochromatosis, a disease of excess iron storage in liver and other organs. If diagnosed and treated early, its serious complications (cirrhosis and heart and gonadal failure) can be prevented or reduced. I recommend you see a hematologist. ...Read more

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Leg twitching and giving way have had a few falls?

Leg twitching and giving way have had a few falls?

Get seen!: We don't know enough details to be able to tell you exactly what is going on. You may have a problem in your leg or in your back, for example. To be safe and avoid serious complications, if this just started, go to the ER. If it has been happening for weeks or longer get seen soon and find out what is going on. Be sure to always hold handrails when on stairs. ...Read more

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Why do the backs of my legs keep twitching?

Fasciculations?: Is one type of twitching in muscles without pain or numbness. It can be benign or it can mean there is a disconnection between nerve and muscle. See you doctor. ...Read more

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Dipples in calves, cramping and leg twitching what could this be?

Dipples in calves, cramping and leg twitching what could this be?

Neurologist time: Primary care md will first order a doppler study (i don't know why) to work up leg symptoms. Cramping, dimpling and twitching suggests a problem with the excitability of the muscle due to muscle disease, neuromusclular problems, neuropathy or electrolite imbalance. If thyroid, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium and kidney function is normal, you probably need to be referred to a specialist. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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My muscles in my leg have been twitching for a few weeks now. What is going on?

Twitching legs: Muscular twitching can sometimes be seen in fatigue; this is called fasciculation. However, an evaluation is necessary to ensure this is not a neurologic or muscular disease. ...Read more

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My butt muscles and leg muscles keep twitching. .. No joke. This is weird! Why?

Muscle Twitching: Muscle twitching is often a sign of muscle fatigue. I.E. Overworking a muscle such as when one is over exercising or working out. If this is not the case for you then I am a bit stumped and would probably want to know more about the scenario you are living. ...Read more

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I was stretching my leg and my muscles started twitching crazily. Is this worrisome?

I was stretching my leg and my muscles started twitching crazily. Is this worrisome?

No: Twitching is common & happens to everyone; and is not dangerous -- usually just bothersome. .. Sometimes downright painful! Frequent twitching (in the absence of new meds, herbs, etc.) could indicate a deficiency of several salts: potassium, magnesium, calcium, manganese, selenium. A daily multivitamin can replace these salts if you are deficient. See your pcp to exclude more serious problems. ...Read more

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Right leg is twitching. When I tap it kinda hard I feel the sensation of twitching. Does not hurt. Any idea what it may be? Or why it is being caused

Right leg is twitching. When I tap it kinda hard I feel the sensation of twitching. Does not hurt. Any idea what it may be? Or why it is being caused

Most likely benign: In certain conditions called neuropathies, tingling and numbness etc are not common but more commonly due to transient imbalance in electrolyte and calcium etc may cause the symptom as we'll. If symptoms persist, you can get blood test to make sure you don't have any deficiency that can be easily correctly. ...Read more

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Why are my muscles twitching, in legs, sides and back?

Many reasons: Could be dehydration, overuse, neuropathy to name a few. Talk to your doctor and give a thorough history to get the reason and correct treatment ...Read more

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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.
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My right leg is shaking, twitching, jumping. Please help my "fit! " help me?

See your doctor: See your primary doctor about this. She or he can get a complete history and examine you. Based on this, testing or referral may be suggested. You could also consider seeing a neurologist. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the leg twitching to stop from abilify (aripiprazole)?

How long does it take for the leg twitching to stop from abilify (aripiprazole)?

Akathesia: You may be expeirencing akathesia. Sometimes medication like Cogentin (benztropine) or benedryl is required to treat this. ...Read more

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Hi, 24, male, healthy lifestyle. Have twitching 9in above ankle outside side of leg. Occurs randomly, about 20x per day, same spot, for 2 weeks now?

Hi, 24, male, healthy lifestyle. Have twitching 9in above ankle outside side of leg. Occurs randomly, about 20x per day, same spot, for 2 weeks now?

Benign fasciculation: If you're not having other issues such as weakness, changes in sensation, shooting/pins/needles/burning pain of foot or leg, or muscle bulk loss, this is likely benign muscle fasciculations, (such as the random recurrent twitching in the eyelid that people can experience). Not unusual to happen in bouts lasting days or several weeks. ...Read more

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Could my leg twitching be connected to ankle injury?

Could my leg twitching be connected to ankle injury?

Twitching: Yes. Usually from the splinting of the muscles. Do find out why the injury occurred. ...Read more

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What causes leg or arm twitching while sleeping?

PLMD: Could be periodic limb movement disorder which occurs during sleep. Please see a sleep specialist for further work-up. ...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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Legs twitching all over after walking what could it be?

Just legs?: Just legs and just after walking? Lots of possibilities you'll need to let a doctor check out. ...Read more