Posted on May 07, 2009 | Comments 1
There are many people that have to deal with constant muscle twitching, some as often as every ten to twenty seconds. It can range from a twitch in the eyelid, to all over the body.
Sometimes, the most frustrating thing is that doctors are unable to determine the cause of the twitching.
Medications are available, but many have significant side effects.
Some Causes of Muscle Twitching
Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome is one of the potential causes for constant muscle twitching. Many soldiers returning from the Gulf have this particular symptom, and it seems like treatment programs are wide and varied.
Fibromyalgia is another cause of muscle twitching, coupled with constant aches and pains. Multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease or ALS, and some brain injuries will also cause muscle twitching. Anxiety, Muscular Dystrophy, and some medications can cause this problem as well.
Unfortunately, there are so many different illnesses and injuries that can cause this problem; it’s often hard to narrow down the specific cause. While testing is available, it’s usually extensive. Sometimes, at the end of the tests, there is still no answer.
There are several medications that may help, such as Sinequin and Klonopin. However, it should be noted that these medications do have side effects. Your doctor will be able to help you decide whether a medication is best for your situation.
Increasing the amount of the magnesium, calcium, and potassium in your diet can often help alleviate some of the twitching. Some herbal remedies, such as lady’s slipper, skullcap, and common hops have also showed some promise; however there is not a scientific study to back up the effectiveness.
Acupuncture has also been known to relieve some of the muscle twitching; however, this treatment option is not for everyone and can be difficult to find.
No matter which treatment option you may choose to try, it’s best to speak with your physician.
Other Options for Relief
Reducing stress seems to be one of the best ways to alleviate the twitching. While it is certainly easier said than done, you need to find one way that helps you relax.
It could be sitting in a warm bath, or taking a hot shower. Meditation or yoga may help. Even sitting in a dark room with soft music is often reported to have a significant calming effect. The important thing is that you find what works best for you.
Constant muscle twitching can negatively impact your life in many ways. Sometimes, you may not have the dexterity to complete even the easiest of jobs. Other times, you may find activities you once enjoyed are no longer possible.
Depending on the severity of the twitching, some people are embarrassed socially and this can often lead to depression.
Don’t ignore this problem, as it might be a sign of a significant illness or a side effect of a particular medication. Speak with your doctor to determine your best course of action to reduce the occurrence of constant muscle twitching.
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