Post # 1
So I experience quite a bit of twitching. It started out with a twitching inside my stomach. It was so bad that it felt like what I would think a baby kicking would feel like. I could put my hand on my stomach and FEEL it. This went on for about 3 or 4 months, then went away for a while. It still happens sometimes.
Recently, I have been experiencing something similar in my legs. It’s always my upper legs and it’s almost like a popcorn sensation. Several small spots on my legs will twitch for a few seconds, then stop for a while and start again. I’ve also been experiencing other muscle twitches as well.
For 2 days now, there has been a twitching in my ear. It doesn’t hurt or anything – it just is so ANNOYING. Tonight, it has been doing on and off for a couple hours straight (about every thirty seconds or so, it does it).
So are these muscle spasms/twitching a symptom of some disease? What are other symptoms? I just want to know if this is something that I should go to the doctor over. From what I’ve read online, the only illnesses that cause things like this are MS, Huntington’s, etc. I’ve wondered if I’m possibly developing MS. I just found out this past week that before my grandfather died, his doctor was questioning whether he had MS but he was never diagnosed. I also have 2 older cousins who’s doctors have questioned MS as well. Both were tested though and as far as I know, neither of them were diagnosed.
Post # 3
If it’s not bothersome to the point of interruption of daily activities or painful, I would wait until your next drs appt and mention it. You might be referred to a neurologist, especially given your family history.
Post # 4
I get chest ones, right above my breast bone. They are painful! My doctor just said it’s similar to an eye twitch and it’s nothing to worry about.
It’s probably a good idea to mention it to your doctor, but it probably isn’t something you need to worry about!
Post # 5
Muscle twitches and cramping can be due to something as simple as dehydration or electrolyte imbalance (potassium or calcium, primarily). These ions are key in muscle contraction. Of course it could be something more serious, but drink some gatorade or eat a banana and see if if gets better. It could also just be one of those things like an eye twitch that doesn’t have an obvious cause and then resolves itself…
Post # 6
@dayl20: sometimes muscle twitching can be a sign of magnesium deficiency. I used to have tons of twitching and I upped my dose of magnesium and D and they are gone now.
Post # 7
To my knowledge MS doesn’t cause your stomach to have muscle spasms. From what I know about MS it is more like your muscles give out so for example your face might feel like it’s sliding off but it’s just the muscles letting your face simple drop a bit. I could be wrong though since I’m not a doctor.
I suggest you go see a doctor because I doubt it’s normal to be having muscle spasms so often. Hopefully it’s nothing major.
Post # 8
Try eating more bananas, taking a good multivitamin, and drinking more water.
Post # 9
Oh, that sounds so annoying! I’m sorry to hear that you’re dealing with this right now. Have you noticed that the twitches get worse during periods when you’re under a lot of stress/not sleeping well/drinking more caffeine than normal? Does it improve, stay stable, or get worse when you exercise?
You might consider keeping a little “journal” to jot down when you notice these symptoms and then you can look for patterns.
In the meantime, try not to get too concerned. More likely than not, your twitches are from something benign, like stress or lack of sleep.
Post # 10
I get them as a side effect of medication I am on. Are you on any medication? I also get ones that feel different when I am very tired. It’s probably nothing to worry about, especially if you don’t have any other symptoms like muscle weakness, tingling, numbness, etc. I’m a terribly hypochondriac and the internet can be my worst enemy because I’m convinced that little out of the ordinary things mean I am dying. You are most like fine, but go to the doctor if you’re concerned. Assuming you have health insurance, there may be a number you can call to ask questions to a nurse to spare yourself the trouble of an office visit.
Post # 11
@FarleyNish: It could very well be a deficiency of some type. I don’t take vitamins anymore because they make me sick.
I don’t think it’s from dehydration. I drink lots of water every day.
@greymonkey42: I know twitching isn’t the main symptom of MS, but I found it listed as an early symptom on several websites. I don’t think I have it, but I guess I’m just freaking out a little now that I know they thought my grandfather had it since it’s genetic.
@wideeyes: I definitely need to keep a journal to see if I notice any patterns. It’s not worse when on my period. But it does seem to be worse of the nights.
@FisherQueen: Not on any medications. I do have pain, tinglingm and numbness in one of my arms – I went to the doctor over that years ago and they initially were worried about my heart since it was my left arm. All tests came back good, so they said they didn’t really know what was going on. I’m a hypochondriac as well, lol. You think I would have learned by now NOT to search symptoms on the internet. I always end up thinking I have some terrible disease.
Post # 12
@dayl20: Sounds like you might want to see a neurologist. It’s been going on for a few years and you have other symptoms. At the very least it will put your mind at ease. Don’t let yourself get too freaked out. I’e had all sorts of weird symptoms that come back to the fact that I have poor posture when using a computer and compressed a nerve.
Post # 13
I have this going on constantly. I have two consistent twitches (one in abdomen, other in neck). Then I get that “popcorn” sensation in my legs too. Saw my MD and a neuro about it, and all they can tell me is that it’s benign.
Are you high anxiety? I am, and it definitely causes this.
Post # 14
I get them daily–in my legs, arms, neck, stomach, face, you name it. They don’t hurt and they don’t last more than 15 minutes sometimes. I have tried a number of things to get them to stop mid-twitch but nothing I have found works. I assume if they don’t hurt, you will be fine.
Post # 15
@dayl20: You could try magnesium oil if you can’t take it orally. I have some in a spray, and you would spray where you are having trouble twitching. I know it stinks trying a bunch of things that you aren’t sure are going to help but sometimes that’s the only way. I’ve had that experience with excema. The doctor’s were no help (besides giving me steroid creams) and I tried different diets etc only to find out that it was something as simple as taking acidophilus and it’s been gone for years but it didn’t help my best-friend. So the best you can do is research and try as many “solutions” that you can find and hopefully you’ll find one that is right for you.
Post # 16
I get random twitches all the time too. Legs, shoulders, eye lips, lips…
I often feel like someone is poking me or tapping me on the shoulder. It makes me paranoid!
During the wedding planning, my entire face was twitching every 30 seconds. It made me crazy! I attributed it to stress. I always ask my husband if he ever gets twitches like that and he said no. It isn’t painful but I always wondered if anyone else experienced this. The hydration and magnesium seem like legitimate solutions from what others had posted. Mine usually go away when I’m stress-free.