Muscle twitching – Causes, Symptoms, Treatments
Because muscle twitching is mostly associated with ALS disease, many people who have experienced muscle twitching one time or more often worry they have ALS. Muscle twitching is quite common, especially when you drink too much coffee when you don’t have enough sleep, or you are too much stressed.
Of course, when people have a symptom of muscle twitching, the first thing they do is, run to Dr. Google and search to know what it means, its symptom, causes, and treatment. When Dr. Google brings up the search results, the first thing you see is Wikipedia definition which suggested it is associated with ALS. Of course, that will cause a natural panic, but don’t panic, take a breath. Different things can cause muscle twitching.
Muscle twitching occurs as a result of minor muscle contraction in the area and mostly goes unnoticed. Some are normal and common, while others are a sign of disorder in the nervous system.
Causes of muscle twitching
The causes may include:
• Lack of sleep
• Taking overdose of drugs such as amphetamines, caffeine, and other stimulants
• Side effect of drugs such as from corticosteroid, diuretic or estrogens
• Insufficient nutrients in your diet (deficiency)
• Exercise (muscle twitching mostly occur after exercise)
• A pinch nerve in your spine
• Muscle cramp
• Peripheral neuropathy
If you watch a basketball game, there seem to be many people dealing with a leg cramp on the floor. A symptom like muscle cramps and muscle twitching doesn’t say much about themselves; they are non-specific and common.
Symptoms of muscle twitching
• Change or loss in sensation
• Loss of muscle size
Treatment of muscle twitching
• Wait for some days to see it goes away on its own. Most time, muscle switches need no treatment because it will relief you on its own.
• Drink more fluids. Sometimes, dehydration can cause it. Drink more non-caffeinated beverages and water.
• Reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine can make you feel more anxious when it dehydrates you. Ensure you limit caffeinated coffee, soda and tea in your diet.
• Take time to relax and rest
• If the twitches are affecting your eyes, use some lubricating drops.
• Eat foods that are very rich in magnesium and calcium.
However, it is important to find out from your doctor if any of the medications you are taking is the cause of the muscle switches as a result of a side effect. If the medications are to blame, your doctor will put you through alternative treatments.