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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Kindly review the reports of my sister-in-law and give your opinion on her health.

Query: Hello doctor, I am sending the reports of my sister-in-law. She feels lazy, weak, and has abdominal pain with loose motion, frequent body aches, and flickering of the upper lip at the right side. Her current medications are Ecosprin 75 mg and A to Z multivitamin tablet. She had a hemorrhage in he...  Read Full »

Dr. Thiyagarajan T

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen her reports sent by you (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). 1) There are no clues in your laboratory report for abdominal pain and irregular motion. For now, I suggest her to take a fiber-rich diet. 2) Body pain, lethargy...  Read Full »

Is my muscle twitching due to the rare autoimmune disorder GBS?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19-year-old male. And I have been experiencing muscle twitching in my hands and legs for more than three months. And I also have occasional chest pains. My feet are too cold even when I am in a hot shower. I had my Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine 16 days ago. I read abo...  Read Full »

Dr. Florilyn Joyce Bentrez-cabanilla

Answer: Hello,Welcome to you for the query.Kindly answer me the following to help you better;1) Do you have any weight loss?2) Do you have weakness in the hands and feet?3) Do you have difficulty in breathing? I suggest you do ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate), CRP (C-reactive protein),...  Read Full »

Why is my calf muscle twitching in relaxing positions without pain?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had twitching in my calf muscle for the past five days. I do not have pain, and the twitching is more significant in relaxing positions. Both the calves are twitching at the same time. Is this something I should be concerned about? I am worried about ALS.Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and explain that your symptoms are not suggestive of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). It is a benign fasciculation. I recommend checking vitamin D and vitamin B12 for possible deficiency and blood electrolytes for possible imbalance...  Read Full »

Can anxiety cause muscle twitching throughout the body, even during the night?

Query: Hello doctor, I am experiencing muscle twitching throughout my body for the past two weeks. I feel weak and lost my appetite. Muscle twitching is involving my facial muscles also. I get twitches even during sleep, which make me stay awake. My muscles are weak and trembling. My voice is so hoarse....  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern, and I would explain that your symptoms are not suggestive of any severe medical disorder. Anxiety and vitamin D deficiency can cause muscle twitching. Regarding your change in voice and mucus, I would recommend performing a th...  Read Full »

Why does one side of my face alone twitch during stressful episodes?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 44-year-old female, and I experience a very intermittent twitch on my left cheek in the jaw area. I have experienced this twitching in my eye and thumb when stressed, but never in the facial area. I have been under a great deal of stress and suffer from some situational anxie...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Your symptoms are not suggestive of a brain tumor. Anxiety and thyroid dysfunction can trigger muscle twitching in every region of the body, including the face. Too much caffeine intake or insomnia may do the same. Coming to this ...  Read Full »

What is the reason behind my muscle weakness?

Query: Hello doctor, My age is 25 years. My height is 5'10" and I weight 78 kg. I am suffering from muscle twitches and extreme muscle weakness and muscle pain from last one month. I went to a neurologist and he says reflexes are normal and asked me not to worry and he put me on tablet Remylin-D. I am curr...  Read Full »

Dr. Prakash H Muddegowda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Based on your query, my opinion is as follows:Muscle twitches, muscle weakness and muscle pain since one month could be due to calcium deficiency. Has serum calcium level been evaluated? Associated dehydration along with anemia requires evaluation. At least 6-8 liters of ...  Read Full »

Will ectopic beats cause twitching of muscles near breast under armpit?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24-years-old female. I am experiencing twitching on the left side of my breast, almost under my armpit. It feels like fluttering, and it has been happening for the second day now. Three weeks ago, I had a Holter monitor, and it showed a lot of ectopic beats, but the doctor assured...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your Holter test is normal (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). There are ectopic beats, but the number is very low. You need not worry about that. Ectopic beats cause a feeling of extra beats or missed beats or fluttering in the neck or cough. ...  Read Full »

Can overuse or muscle strain result in muscle twitching?

Query: Hi doctor, I have twitching in my right triceps all day and night for a year. I also have it all over by mostly right triceps. I am on Pravastatin Sodium for high cholesterol and Amlodipine Besylate for high blood pressure. I stopped taking those temporary to see if my twitching would go away. It d...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your symptoms could be related to a pinched nerve or a possible bulging disc in the cervical vertebral column. Have you performed a cervical spine MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)? I would like to directly review its results if you could upload them here. Another po...  Read Full »

Will H.pylori cause muscle twitching in the legs?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old male, and I have been experiencing muscle twitches along my legs with occasional twitching in the arm for almost a whole year. It started ten months ago when I was diagnosed with H.pylori. At the time, I thought it was just nervous twitches because of anxiety with t...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would explain that the twitching could be related to different possible causes like inflammation, insomnia, straining physical activity, anxiety, thyroid gland dysfunction, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D deficiency, peripheral neuropa...  Read Full »

When should you worry about your shoulders twitching?

Query: Hello doctor, I am highly concerned about my muscles twitching in my bicep, shoulders, quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, and forearms. I am having this twitching for a week. They stop when I get up and move. But at rest, they are continuously twitching one after the other. I know that these can be ca...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Muscle twitching could be related to different etiologies like insomnia (sleep disorder), dehydration, increased consumption of coffee, straining physical activity. Other possible causes to consider would be deficiency of vitamin D or vita...  Read Full »

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