Involuntary Movements

When body parts move in an uncontrollable and unexpected way, it is called involuntary movement. These involuntary movements might range from rapid, jerky movements to lengthier tremors, seizures, and convulsions. Involutory movements can occur in nearly every part of the body. Some common causes of these involuntary movements are; dystonia (involuntary muscle contraction), Parkinson's disease, neurological disorders, Huntington’s disease, epilepsy, etc.

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When I am lying down my foot moves up and down. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, When I am lying down my foot moves. What it means is like my whole foot will move up and down (if this makes sense) sometimes my hips too. I cannot remember when this started to happen but it only happens when I lie down.  Read Full »

Dr. Murad Haider

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You seem to be suffering from hyperkinetic movement disorders. Many people who suffer from mild or moderate PLMS (periodic limb movements during sleep) can successfully manage their condition without medication. People often report that relaxation exercises like yoga...  Read Full »

Why is my father having constatnt uneven movement of mouth?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is having constant uneven movement of the mouth for the past three months. He feels like he is chewing which is really irritating him. Kindly help me on that.  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to This can be the side effects of the pills he is having. So let me know the list of entire medicines he is having. If not, then he will need neurological evaluation. Also, let me know if he is having any other symptoms elsewhere in the body like weight loss or blood i...  Read Full »

I have a problem with involuntary thumb movement. Am I at a risk of developing fits?

Query: Hi doctor,I am taking antiepileptic medicine Selzic 300 for three years now, and I have a problem with involuntary thumb movement. My doctor suggested Clonazepam along with Selzic, to control this thumb movement. From the last three years, I am fits free, and at the age of 5, I had meningitis. Plea...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You are saying that you are fits free for last three years. I need more detail. Since when you started to have involuntary thumb movements? Is it on one side or both sides? How long does it last? Were you not able to control it? And how frequent does it happen? What ...  Read Full »

What can cause involuntary body movements?

Query: Hi doctor, For the last one week, my body is having involuntary movement. The body continuously moves in simple harmonic motion (mildly) it gave me a false feeling that by a building is in simple harmonic motion and usually I afraid that it is an earthquake.  Read Full »

Dr. Prakashkumar P Bhatt

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Have you taken any new medicines or alcohol? Any stressful event happened in the last week? Any history of fever or sore throat? If not then it is seems acute panic attack of anxiety. You take following medicine for five days and follow up with me after five days. ...  Read Full »

Why does my baby open and close his hands while stiffening his arms?

Query: Hi doctor, My son is 7 months old. A few weeks ago I have started to notice some odd movement, like opening and closing his hands and mainly on the right hand (just like stimming). And when he was lying on his back sometime he will stiffen his arms and legs and grunts. My partner's aunt's (his mum'...  Read Full »

Dr. Faisal Abdul Karim Malim

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I would like to tell you that the age of seven months is a way too early to even comment about autism. So do not worry. The movements you are describing seem like normal movements of a growing baby to me.  Read Full »

How is fibromyalgia treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 61 year old and was lately diagnosed by a doctor as sick in fibromyalgia. In the last three years during the night time, I am suffering from aggressive involuntary movements while asleep. Those movements include kicking in the air and arching and bouncing my back and the whole bo...  Read Full »

Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Well, these involuntary movements do not sound normal at all. It looks more of chorea/hemiballismus (movement disorder). It can be drug-induced but at the same time considering your age, we should get an MRI scan for the brain done. If any problem there, we will have...  Read Full »

Feeling shaky and hand tremors and unable to do simple tasks..

Query: Hi doctor, I am 31 years old. I am a known diabetic. I have been experiencing perioral movements and tremors in hand. I am on Seroquel for depression. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Shazia Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to  I understand your concern and need more information to suggest better. How long have you been on Seroquel (Quetiapine) medication? Did you experience hand tremors, involuntary movements of jaw, mouth, etc., before starting this drug? Does the severity of tremor decr...  Read Full »

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