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Muscle twitches/spasms

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 1, 2006
  • 01:28 AM

I recently started reading some online articles about muscle ticks, twitches, and/or spasms. I wasn't able to find anything that summarized what I experience in regards to muscle twitches, so I thought I'd discuss my issues here to see if I could get some feedback.

I get muscle twitches almost everywhere in my body, and it drives me crazy. My muscle ticks/twitches were mainly in my upper eyelids, and they'd get worse when I was dealing with anxiety and stress. But now I get persistent and repeating twitches in my lower eyelids, deep in my stomach, deep in my chest, arms, buttocks, thighs, area between my nose and upper lip, around my eyebrows, inside my ears, lower legs, back, and fingers (in regards to my fingers, and entire finger can be jerking/twitching, and no matter how hard I flex my muscles, I cannot control the movement of the certain finger). The twitches can last for a few seconds to almost a minute, and the muscle or muscle group that is experiencing the twitches usually go through a series of twitches off and on during a few minutes (sometimes five-ten minutes or more). Sometimes the twitches/jerks are fast and violent, and sometimes they're slow.

Most of my muscle jerks/twitches are usually visible to the eye, and they can be felt if someone places their hand on the affected area. But sometimes the twitches are too deep within me, like in my stomach or chest, to be seen or felt by someone else. My muscle twitches don't interfere in my daily life (well, the ones in my eyelids can make my eyes water and obscure my vision sometimes), but they are *extremely* uncomfortable and annoying.

I also have chronic lower back pinched nerves, and I have heart palpitations that get worse when I am stressed. I have knee issues (pain when I stand up, walk up stairs, run up hills, jump, and so on, but I take vitamins and it helps a lot, but not entirely). I am an anxiety-ridden mess.

Oh, and I'm 18. None of these problems I've listed are new, they've just been getting worse.

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  • I'm not certain what's going on, but I've had many similar instances that are perplexingly similar. I'm not sure that it doesn't have to do with a subluxation or other nurve constriction in the lumbar region, which I too share.But, it may have to due with a low carb diet or diebetic syndrome associated with one of the 2, that have lead to a ketoacidic blood ph, at least that might account for the muscle spasms. Which leads me to an additional question. Do you smoke?.. Please someone tells what this might be all about and how far off I am.
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  • look here:h**p://www.health24.com/Default_old.asp?action=article&ContentID=18030replace "**" with "tt"Here is part of the answer I believe...
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  • seventh77,I've suffered twitches similar to you - mine turned into neurological symptoms, lightning spasms, horrific cramps, involuntry movements, facial grimaces, tics, numbness, pins and needles etc.I experimented with a simple treatment - I've posted my info under N - Nervous system disorders - easy treatment etc., on 7-12-2006 by ainee.Have a nice day.ainee
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  • I recently started reading some online articles about muscle ticks, twitches, and/or spasms. I wasn't able to find anything that summarized what I experience in regards to muscle twitches, so I thought I'd discuss my issues here to see if I could get some feedback.I get muscle twitches almost everywhere in my body, and it drives me crazy. My muscle ticks/twitches were mainly in my upper eyelids, and they'd get worse when I was dealing with anxiety and stress. But now I get persistent and repeating twitches in my lower eyelids, deep in my stomach, deep in my chest, arms, buttocks, thighs, area between my nose and upper lip, around my eyebrows, inside my ears, lower legs, back, and fingers (in regards to my fingers, and entire finger can be jerking/twitching, and no matter how hard I flex my muscles, I cannot control the movement of the certain finger). The twitches can last for a few seconds to almost a minute, and the muscle or muscle group that is experiencing the twitches usually go through a series of twitches off and on during a few minutes (sometimes five-ten minutes or more). Sometimes the twitches/jerks are fast and violent, and sometimes they're slow. Most of my muscle jerks/twitches are usually visible to the eye, and they can be felt if someone places their hand on the affected area. But sometimes the twitches are too deep within me, like in my stomach or chest, to be seen or felt by someone else. My muscle twitches don't interfere in my daily life (well, the ones in my eyelids can make my eyes water and obscure my vision sometimes), but they are *extremely* uncomfortable and annoying.I also have chronic lower back pinched nerves, and I have heart palpitations that get worse when I am stressed. I have knee issues (pain when I stand up, walk up stairs, run up hills, jump, and so on, but I take vitamins and it helps a lot, but not entirely). I am an anxiety-ridden mess.Oh, and I'm 18. None of these problems I've listed are new, they've just been getting worse. I feel what you get I told my doctor and he told me oh its just false siezures it dont feel like it I am 20 years old my name is Moonlight:(
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    • August 21, 2006
    • 11:50 PM
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  • Hi I am new here I have a syndrome called Velocardiofacial syndrome I dont no if any of you heard of it. anyhow I have been getting Ticks, jolts,twitches and sometimes it looks like a seizure I dont know what it could be I even cry at nite because I dont want this in my life! I am unemployed too because of that problem:( I just hope that there are people out there with my condition. my mom thinks its to get attention but I know very well its not. An some times it affects my speech then I cant talk for an hour or 2 it some times looks like turret syndrome but I dont no if it is help :eek: . I am hoping that God will anwser that someone out there has what I have. your sister in *****t Moonlight
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    • August 22, 2006
    • 04:35 PM
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  • i just seen a show on hbo about A.L.S. that says these twitches could be a sign of the disease. i have been having twitches for about 6 mos now along with muscle fatigue and clumsiness. am trying to find a way to be tested with no insurance.
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    • August 30, 2006
    • 04:09 PM
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  • you guys should check into systemic Candida infections. Look up the symptoms on google and see if you qualify for it. it happens alot with teens and early adulthood because diet sucks so bad with tons of fast food loaded with carbs etc.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 16, 2006
    • 06:37 PM
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  • I feeeeelllll your pain! I have had the same problem for over 5 years now. Just driving me batty! I may and any given moment have any where from 2 to 20 spots twitching at one time. Really weird when it is my whole side of my butt, or 1/4 of my torso at one time, or sometimes that rebel thumb that will twitch for days. I am desperately trying to find answers too.
    twitchyone71 1 Replies
    • January 3, 2007
    • 00:28 AM
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  • same issues and i dont eat fast food.
    lizzi9983 35 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 07:21 PM
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  • Listen guys - - just wanted you all to google some of these words and maybe you will find your answers. First of all, try web searching "Myoclonic Seizures," you'll be surprised at what you read and then you should research "Tetany" and "Low blood Calcium" and finally, "hyperventilation." You may get your answers or may have more questions - - either way, it's worth checking out. jgmt619w6tfsq
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    • February 4, 2007
    • 06:50 PM
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  • hello! this may sound nuts i believe i have an answer to ur problems. i suffered from this also, the twiches and spasms you all discribe in your accounts,well, they were all to common for me.im a 22 year old female and i guess this started around the age of 20. like yourselves i desperatly started seeking answers, wondering if this was the onset of somthing worse,worried the ***l out of me for months, saw numerous doctors untill, after so long an many failed antideppessant courses i decided to try and take charge myself.sick of feeling sick and ill everyday i told myself i could ever stay like this or change my perception.anything was better than feeling that way.so i gradually began getting back my life, doing the things i loved to do,meeeting friends, something i thought i couldnt face again at one point.and you no what. the twitches faded.gradually i began to feel normal again, rise out of the dark depression that had so engulfed me in previous months,and began to live again.that was around a year ago now.and i still get them from time to time, but i dont think that will ever change, what can change is how u handle it, do not feer the worst. it doesnt necessarally mean your seriously ill.tention stress and trauma can all play a part, conciously or subconciously as i have learned(not previously being a great believer in the subconcious playing a part in health matters).well i do now, and if this helps just one person i will be glad i shared this experiance.hope u can find peace x
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    • February 7, 2007
    • 00:43 AM
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  • Lyme disease causes MS, Fibro, Tourettes and much more. The blood tests sometimes give false negatives, so please get retested, if you had a neg in the past. I had alot of facial twitching a and even thought someone was poking my shoulder all the time. I went undx'd for over 20 yrs, with other misdxs. Please do a google search and check for yourself. Hope you Feel better soon.
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    • February 7, 2007
    • 00:59 PM
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  • Hi I am new here I have a syndrome called Velocardiofacial syndrome I dont no if any of you heard of it. anyhow I have been getting Ticks, jolts,twitches and sometimes it looks like a seizure I dont know what it could be I even cry at nite because I dont want this in my life! I am unemployed too because of that problem:( I just hope that there are people out there with my condition. my mom thinks its to get attention but I know very well its not. An some times it affects my speech then I cant talk for an hour or 2 it some times looks like turret syndrome but I dont no if it is help :eek: . I am hoping that God will anwser that someone out there has what I have. your sister in *****t MoonlightSorry to hear about your heath problem but you might want to look into ALS.
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  • Sound like rheumatoid arthritis
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  • sounds like rheumatoid arthritis
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  • I read your story about muscle twitching. I also had muscle twitching, especially facial . Also my eyelids and all over. I also have jerking and many other multi symptoms. I finally was diagnosed with Lyme disease and Bartonella (another tick borne illness which accounts for the nervous system problems.Have you ever been tested for Lyme and the co-infections? Keep in mind that you can have Lyme and still show negative. Also, the blood should be sent to a lab equipped for testing Lyme. Write back and let me know if you were ever tested. Good luck and God Bless. mva
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  • Twitches and spasms can drive you crazy. I know. What helps me is taking magnesium. I started taking it for those annoying twitches and it really helps. When I run out my twitches and spasms come back. Get a good quality Magnesim Citrate supplement and start with 400-800 mg a day. Takinging it at night will help with sleep too. Too much can cause the runs so don't over do it and give it time to work. It's not an immediate cure. Sometimes it's best to start with the simple things. Good luck!
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  • For everyone having these symptoms: are you on any medications, including birth control? Muscle twitching is often a side effect of certain meds, and is overlooked by docs and patients alike. Birth control pills can often have a huge array of side effects. Just a thought.Best wishesDOM
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  • i HAVE THE SAME SYMPTOMS AND IT IS RHEUMATOID ARTHIRITIS
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  • I just wanted to shed some light on a condition that I have that also causes twitches, horrible cramps, burning and fatigued muscles. I also have swelling in my hands and feet at times. I have went through batteries of tests that took me from my home state of Michigan to Atlanta Georgia and a few places in between, in a time spam of about 2 years. I was finally diagnosed with a Mitochondrial Myopathy, with defects in the OXPHOS ( Oxydative Phosphorilation Defect ) as well as defects in 3 of the 4 complexes that make up the Electron Transport Chain Function. The 4 complexes basically break down the food you eat and turn it into ATP to give your body the energy to function. There is a great foundation that has a lot of information if your curious, it's called the "United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation". I have been put on a full regiment of medications and vitamins to help my symptoms, however for me, i still seem to be declining. The twitches happen anywhere in my body and can last for long periods of time..but they are more of an annoyance than anything else. The cramps i get on a daily basis at times make it difficult to " get around " and are extremely painful. The odd thing that i have yet to figure out is the difference in the " Cramps " i get. Most of the time i can feel the muscle " knotted" up while the cramp is active. However, there are times where i have a painful burning / cramping sensation without muscle tightening in the area of the pain, and they hurt worse than the " Normal " cramps i get. If anyone has any idea what these are, i'd appreciate any information.
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