HomeAnswersNeurologymuscle twitchingWhat could be the cause of my muscle twitching, tingling sensations, and lower back pain?

Can muscle twitching be caused by electrolyte imbalance, vitamin deficiency, or post-infectious inflammation?

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Published At September 22, 2023
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have been experiencing muscle twitching throughout my body consistently for the past two weeks, along with tingling sensations in my hands and feet. These symptoms worsen when I lie in bed, and I also have lower back pain.

Thank you.

Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Based on your description, you have been experiencing generalized muscle twitches with tingling in your hands and feet for the past two weeks. To narrow down potential causes, I would like to ask you a few questions.

  1. Is the tingling sensation constant or intermittent?

  2. Have you noticed any muscle weakness?

  3. Are you experiencing any balance issues?

  4. Have you encountered any urinary problems, such as frequent urination or difficulty voiding?

  5. Have you experienced any visual problems, such as blurred vision or double vision?

  6. Have you had any recent difficulties with walking?

  7. And finally, have you recently had a severe respiratory infection or diarrhea?

Please revert back with the answers. Thank you.

Patient's Query

Thank you for the reply doctor,

The tingling is intermittent, and there is no muscle weakness, balance issues, urinary problems, or vision problems. There have been no difficulties with walking. However, there were gastrointestinal issues for the past few months that resolved a week ago. I exercise twice a day but do not consume enough water. Additionally, I have been experiencing lower back pain that has been bothering me this past week.

Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

The possible diagnoses for your symptoms could include:

  1. Electrolyte imbalance or vitamin deficiency: Alterations in electrolyte levels (such as calcium, magnesium, or sodium) or deficiencies in vitamins (like B12) can lead to similar symptoms. I recommend ensuring adequate hydration by drinking enough water and considering intermittent use of effervescent calcium and magnesium tablets. You may also benefit from taking a B12 supplement.

  2. Cervical myelopathy: While you mentioned lower back pain, it is important to note that lumbar discopathy cannot typically cause generalized muscle twitches or tingling sensations in the hands. However, cervical myelopathy (usually due to discopathy with spinal cord compression in the neck area) can present with similar symptoms. Therefore, I strongly suggest considering a cervical MRI to evaluate this possibility.

  3. Post-infectious inflammation polyneuropathy: Sometimes, after an infection, the immune system may mistakenly attack the nerves, leading to symptoms such as mild tingling in the limbs or even weakness and paralysis.

Since I am unable to conduct physical examinations in an online consultation, I cannot narrow down the list of possible diagnoses. I strongly recommend scheduling an appointment with your physician for further evaluation. It would be advisable to undergo a set of blood laboratory tests and a cervical MRI at a minimum. If the results are inconclusive, an EMG-NCS study may be necessary for further investigation.

Thanks and regards

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Seyedaidin Sajedi
Dr. Seyedaidin Sajedi

Neurology

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