Muscle twitches are fine movements of a small area of muscle.
Alternate Names : Muscle fasciculation, Fasciculations of muscle
Muscle twitching Treatment
Review Date: 11/13/2008
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; and Daniel B.
is caused by minor muscle contractions in the area, or uncontrollable twitching of a muscle group that is served by a single motor nerve fiber.
Muscle Twitching in Children
When your child is suffering from muscle twitching it can be a very uncomfortable and nerve-wrecking for you as a parent.
, also known as muscle fasciculation, is marked by small muscle contractions in the body.
Your muscles are composed of fibers, tissues, and nerves. When a nerve is stimulated or damaged, it may cause your muscle fibers to twitch.
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is the presence of uncontrollable muscle contractions that might be temporary or chronic.
Muscle cramps are involuntary and often painful contractions (movements) of the muscles.
, stiffening, muscle weakness or loss of consciousness, occurs in some types of Seizure.
Not all Seizures have the generalized twitching and loss of consciousness that many people expect with a Seizure.
Muscle twitching, cramps, stiffness, and muscles that tire easily
Slowed speech that becomes progressively harder to understand
Difficulty breathing and swallowing; choking ...
visible under skin (fasciculations)
There is evidence for frontal lobe dysfunction in many patients with ALS. Usually, it is detectable only when looked for specifically with focused tests.
Trouble using your hands and fingers to do tasks.
Problems with speaking, swallowing, eating, walking, and breathing.
ALS doesn't cause numbness, tingling, or loss of feeling.
Involuntary jerking movements
Inability to control the bowels or bladder
Inability to move or open the eyes completely ...
cramps, muscle weakness, clumsiness, muscle twitching, muscle wasting
Adult SMA ... fasciculations, limb muscle atrophy, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, decreased deep tendon reflexes
Adult T-Cell leukemia ... fatigue ...
They may present with localized or contractions of the fingers of one hand, the face on one side, or one foot; and sometimes a series of these movements build up to a contraction.
The earliest symptoms include muscle twitching, cramping, stiffness, or weakness. Speech may become slurred, and later there is difficulty chewing or swallowing.
ALS often begins with and weakness in an arm or leg, or sometimes with slurring of speech. Eventually, ALS can affect your ability to control the muscles needed to move, speak, eat and breathe.
As hyponatremia becomes more severe, muscle twitching and seizures may occur. People may become unresponsive, aroused only by vigorous stimulation (stupor), and eventually cannot be aroused (coma). Death may follow.
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Hearing loss accompanying any other severe symptom
, spasms or seizures
Nausea with or without vomiting
Severe bone pain
Sudden abdominal, pelvic, or lower back pain that may be severe ...
Difficulty walking or moving your arms or legs
Loss of muscle control
Loss of muscle tone
Loss of dexterity
Inability to move a part of the body
Common symptoms of autonomic neuropathy include: ...
loss of appetite
nausea and vomiting
puffy eyes, hands, and feet (called edema)
shortness of breath
a yellowish-brown tint to the skin ...
Motor problems, such as involuntary muscle twitching
Nerve compression or injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Nerve root injury, such as sciatica ...
neuromuscular diseases, such as myasthenia gravis
motor problems, such as involuntary
nerve compression or injury, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
nerve root injury, such as sciatica
muscle degeneration, such as muscular dystrophy ...
Even a tiny drop of nerve agent on the skin can cause sweating and muscle twitching where the agent touched the skin. Exposure to a large dose of tabun by any route may result in these additional health effects: ...
The typical features of PPS include unaccustomed weakness, muscle fatigue (and sometimes "central" fatigue), pain, breathing and/or swallowing difficulties, sleep disorders, (fasciculations) and gastrointestinal problems.
Abnormal body movements, such as muscle twitching, may or may not be present. How often the seizures occur and how severe they are depend on the cause of the seizures and the area of the brain involved. For more information, see the topic Seizures.
Opioid withdrawal symptoms: rapid breathing, perspiration, runny nose, agitation, increased heart rate, fever, tremors, , aching muscles, loss of appetite, abdominal cramps, diarrhea
Signs of infection, including fever and chills ...
progressive muscle weakness, muscle twitching
difficulty swallowing and drooling
difficulty breathing ...
Pain, which can be intense, numbness and tingling in the area around the sting, but little or no swelling
Unusual head, neck and eye movements
Myoclonic seizure - Characterized by muscle twitching.
Clonic seizure - Where the sufferer experiences involuntary muscle spasms.
talking or thinking in a rambling manner
tachycardia (speeded-up heartbeat) or disturbances of heart rhythm
periods of inexhaustibility
psychomotor agitation ...
muscle or movement problems, such as involuntary muscle twitching
muscle weakness from nerve disorders or diseases such as muscular dystrophy
nerve problems caused by conditions such as diabetes, pernicious anemia, and heavy metal poisoning.
See also: Weakness, Cramp, Headache, Fatigue, Death