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You will find information on muscle twitching at https://www.drugs.com/enc/muscle-twitching.html You doctor will be able to determine the cause of your muscle twitching.
Muscle twitching is caused by minor muscle contractions in the area, or the uncontrollable twitching of a muscle group that is served by a single motor nerve fiber or filament.
Muscle twitches are minor and often go unnoticed. Some are common and normal. Others are signs of a nervous system disorder.
* Diet deficiency
* Drug overdose (caffeine)
* Drug side effect (such as from diuretics, corticosteroids, or estrogens)
* Twitches not caused by disease or disorders (benign twitches)
o Often affecting the eyelids, calf, or thumb
o Normal and quite common, often triggered by stress or anxiety
o Come and go, and do not last for more than a few days
Nervous system conditions that can cause muscle twitching:
* Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS - Lou Gehrig's disease)
* Damage to the nerve that leads to a muscle
* Muscular dystrophy
* Spinal muscular atrophy
* Weak muscles (myopathy)
Symptoms that suggest a nervous system disorder include:
* Loss of, or change in sensation
* Loss of muscle size (wasting)
There is usually no treatment necessary for benign muscle twitching.
When to Contact a Medical Professional
Call your health care provider if you have long-term or persistent muscle twitches.
Your health care provider will take a medical history and perform a physical examination.
Medical history questions may include:
* When did you first notice the twitching?
* How long does it last?
* How often do you experience twitching?
* What muscles are affected?
* Is it always in the same location?
* Are you pregnant?
* What other symptoms do you have?
Diagnostic tests vary depending on the suspected cause. Tests may include:
* Blood tests to look for problems with electrolytes, thyroid gland function, and blood chemistry
* Nerve conduction studies
* MRI of the spine, and sometimes of the brain
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