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Muscle Twitching

Muscle twitching, otherwise called muscle fasciculation, is an involuntary contraction of muscles. The common causes of muscle twitching are dehydration, stress and anxiety, after physical activity, too much caffeine intake, cigarette smoking, nutritional deficiencies, and drug overdose. Muscle fasciculations are also seen in severe conditions like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), damage to the nerves, muscular atrophy, etc.

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I am having twitching and discomfort near my old gall bladder surgery site from 20 years ago. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I had gallbladder surgery almost 20 years ago and still have an 8-inch scar showing it. It twitched lately, and I can feel it when my shirt rubs up against it. This has happened before, but just for approximately two days. I am on the following medications: Lisinopril, Carvedilol, and C...  Read Full »

Dr. Madhav Tiwari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please provide the following information so that we can get to the bottom of your problem: Based on the size of the scar, I believe that was an open gallbladder surgery rather than a keyhole. How long has the twitching been going on? Is this after you have moved anythi...  Read Full »

Can muscle twitching be due to deviation in right ulnar nerve?

Query: Hello doctor, I have some questions in regards to some symptoms I have had recently. Two years back, I had a twitching feeling around my body, such as my forearm, face (cheeks), eyebrows, and fingers. Occasionally in my biceps and shoulders. The twitching was very random and could be two days in my ...  Read Full »

Dr. Seyedaidin Sajedi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. A comprehensive clinical examination is critical because fasciculation would be a grave sign only when it is accompanied by weakness, atrophy, or clinical signs of upper motor neuron involvement. The results of your electromyography (...  Read Full »

I have twitching symptoms all over my body. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 31-years-old, and I have started having symptoms of twitching all over my body. I did a quick internet search and met with some scary answers. I do not have any weaknesses. I am still very strong, but I have a balance issue only when I stand. I can run and walk just fine. I have t...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to know some further details about your symptoms: 1) Have these twitches started in the past ten months, or have they been present even before? And how frequent are these twitches? 2) These twitches occur in which body parts? 3) Are these twitches vis...  Read Full »

I have twitching in my legs, arms, and sometimes chest. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been suffering from twitching in my legs and arms for about a week. Sometimes, I can feel the same in my chest and body. When I wake up every morning, my arms and legs feel like I have done work out, although I have not.I have had nerves and back issues as far as weight training....  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello,Welcome to would like to know some details about your symptoms. Kindly revert with the following information.1. Is the twitching visible or only felt from inside?2. Do you have any muscle thinning in the leg or arm?3. Have you had pain in your legs or arms these days?4. Do you fe...  Read Full »

Can anxiety pay way for a habit of head twitch?

Query: Hello doctor, I am concerned about a head twitch. I have gotten in a habit for seven months of twitching my head. If I am consciously thinking about what I am doing, I can stop it. However, it is extremely difficult and I feel an overwhelming impulse to do it, similar to how one would feel when cra...  Read Full »

Dr. Suresh Kumar G D

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From your description, it looks like you are experiencing a motor tic. Do you have any other symptoms? How old are you at present? You mentioned this tic started befor seven months. Have you experienced any tics before? Any vocal tic? Tics can be suppressed tempora...  Read Full »

Is muscle twitching a predominant sign of motor neuron disease?

Query: Hello doctor, For about two weeks now, I have had a twitch in my left arm (triceps) that seems to be worse when I have my arm straight and down by the side of my body and less noticeable when I have my arm over my head and bent at the elbow. The twitch seems to be worse at times without any particu...  Read Full »

Dr. Upendra Kumar Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This is acute onset localized twitches, started after strenuous activity. This seems to be physiological twitches that are occurring due to minor muscle or nerve injury. Just check for any weakness or loss of muscle mass in the region where you are developing twitches, ...  Read Full »

I have difficulty in swallowing with muscle twitching. Do I have ALS?

Query: Hi doctor,About two months ago, I started experiencing difficulty swallowing solid foods. I visited my PCP, who ordered a swallow study. Results from the swallow study came back normal, nothing neuro-muscular. Additionally, I had an endoscopy and a laparoscopy. Both concluded evidence of LPR/GERD. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Gursimran Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, I am so sorry about your symptoms. The first symptom is difficulty swallowing solids. Now mainly neurological and neuromuscular weakness leading to difficulty in swallowing is always for liquids and not for solids. So the symptom is that patients cannot sw...  Read Full »

What causes left arm twitching?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 38 year old male, and I have been feeling twitches in my arm. I started feeling this constant twitch about six weeks ago. I did not experience any weakness in that arm or anywhere else in the body. The twitches lasted for about a week and then went away. The twitches have now appea...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concerns. First of all, I will suggest you consider other possibilities before jumping to conclusions. There are a number of conditions which can present with twitches without any disease, and ALS (amyotrophic lateral scleros...  Read Full »

I am experiencing extreme fatigue and muscle twitching. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had this problem for 8 years with no proper solutions. Please help. Strange sensations, tiredness, feeling of heaviness in the arms and legs. Hands and feet become warm. I have an electrical shock like feeling in face. I have extreme fatigue, unsteadiness and muscle twitching...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concerns. From the available description it appears that you are suffering with fibromyalgia syndrome. This is a disorder which generally occurs in middle age women (I am not aware about your age and gender). It...  Read Full »

Why do I have constant muscle twitching in feet and legs?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having tiny random muscle twitching all over my body which seems like a constant thing at bottom of my feet, in both legs, both forearms, and even my stomach for almost two months now. I am scared of ALS diagnosis. I do not have any muscle weaknesses or balancing problems....  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read carefully your question and would explain that your symptoms do not seem to be related to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). You should know that there are a lot of benign causes underlying muscle twitching like anxiety, physical activity, thyroid gland d...  Read Full »

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