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   Posted 6/1/2010 6:19 PM (GMT -7)   
The last two days have been left hand and left calf.   I was awake off and on last night, it's driving me crazy.  It's not painful just feel like a freak.  Tingling in the legs too, fun, NOT.
Last week, I had shorts on, my daughter somehow rubbed her jeans against my leg and I wanted to scream back away.
Today I was leaning with one hand on the door, the arm started to tremble.  Clean glass my muscles hurt.
The pain isn't bad, that comes and goes, I can deal with that.
You know not being diagnosed can drive a person crazy, I'm about ready to call the doctor but I feel like she doesn't take me seriously.
I looked it up anixety can cause these symptoms but I don't feel anxious;  ok I am worried about what is going on but I also tell myself 3 months ago, I struggled to lift a gallon of milk and now can do it without problems.
I don't know what to do, I want to hear that I will be ok.  shakehead

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   Posted 6/1/2010 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the twitches ALL the time...I seriously never seem to have a completely still body. I think in my case it's side effects from the various drugs I'm on....and I might have to start taking a muscle relaxant during the day instead of just at night.

I don't know if you are currently on any meds, but you might want to ask your doctor or pharmacist about using an OTC muscle relaxant, or a prescription one if needed. It's possible your muscle twitches could be a side effect from something else you're taking, like mine are, or they could be a symptom of a vitamin deficiency or other problem. I think it's always good to see your doctor when a new symptom shows up for the first time, so that might be a good first step...even if you don't feel she takes you seriously.

Good luck to you!

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   Posted 6/1/2010 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Are they muscle twitches, or muscle spasms? I take norco for the spasms. And it really helps if I get tense to relax the muscles in my shoulders. Soma is a good muscle relaxer if that is what you need, there are many kinds though. So I don't know what the doc will give you. Probably flexeril. That is like the weakest one I think that they make. Skelaxon is another one, but it makes my head feel woozy. Soma will for a few minutes it will go away.

Best wishes to you.

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   Posted 6/2/2010 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I get twitches all the time. Dont worry i was just at a neurologist and had testing done because they were so bad. Now they have gotten better. I get them in weird places too.

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   Posted 6/3/2010 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   

I twitch, tingle, and spaz constantly.  The twitches and tingles are annoying but not painful--I call it "the weirdness."  The spasms are another story entirely.  Lately, though, I find my extremities "falling asleep" at the oddest times.  Like my leg and foot falling asleep WHILE I AM STANDING!  Say what?  Pre-fibro, that only happened when I "sat funny."  I do have the deep muscle pain that tears us all up, but I am pretty heavy on the strange neuro sensations.  I especially hate them when I am trying to go to sleep--twitch.......tingle tingle......twitch.....buzzzz......twitch (you get the picture). 

Any ideas for dealing with the "falling asleep" business?  It is embarrassing and painful.....

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   Posted 6/4/2010 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Just something to check out: Muscle twitches CAN be caused by medications, especially the stuff we take for fibromyalgia - pain meds, SSRI. SNRI, especially in combination. It's the beginning of seratonin syndrome, can get worse or even lethal, often dose-related. I sometimes get it from tramadol, usually if I take a third one in a day. I've also had it from taking tramadol along with Zofran.

There's a decent list on Wikipedia if you look up seratonin syndrome.

Also look up each med you take. I had a horrible case of twitches/muscle spasms from Lexapro, and had long-lasting facial twitches from long-term metoclopramide.

Plain old tingling or numbness is generally pinched nerve, says my neurologist.

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   Posted 6/4/2010 10:41 AM (GMT -7)   
wow, I just came on here to look this up! I, too have muscle twitches all over my body. I am still waiting to rule things out. So far, I found out I have a protruding disc in my lower lumbar, but I have a feeling there may be more to it then that because I have a TON of symptoms and a lot of them also sound like it could be Fibro or MS.

The twitches are all over my body. Last night I had a constant twitch in the top of my stomach, like in between my rib cage, and it lasted about 5 hours! I just can't imagine that would be just from a protruding disc. My back doesn't even hurt that badly! I also get tingly hands and feet and sometimes tingly legs and arms, plus electric shock symptoms. I really hope to figure this out soon!

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   Posted 6/4/2010 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been having terrible joint pain, burning deep in my shoulder joint, then the other shoulder, my wrists, my knees, etc.. I have a rotator cuff tear in my right shoulder but the joint pain has spread all over. My shoulder muscle was previously hurt(contracted muscles behind scapula) then the joint pain started and spread. The whole thing began the day after I had a cortisone shot in my right scapula area. I had a horrific electric type pain in the middle of my back that shot down both my biceps and made them super sore and weak later. My heart rate went through the roof and I almost passed out. That lasted about 15 minutes. Then all the muscle/joint pain and weird symptoms began(a month and a week ago). I have muscle spasms and twitches ALL OVER the place and ALL the time. I also have tingling in the hands and feet constantly. I have Reynaud's Phenomenon but right now it's acting up EVERY day. My hands are blue once and hour. This has been going on for a little over a month. I decided to start taking magnesium and I think it might be helping. Maybe the magnesium will help with twitches? I'm not sure yet but mine have definitely eased up...not sure if that is due to the time that has passed or the magnesium. I also started taking vitamin D. I am having blood work done on Wednesday with my regular doctor and then I'm setting up an appointment for a rheumatologist. Try looking up magnesium deficiency and muscle twitches. As I'm typing this, my left forearm is twitching like is my thigh. UGGG. Oh, the muscles in my abdomen twitch as well. It's not as bad as it was a week or two ago though.
I'm going bananas with all these nutty symptoms. I feel like my regular GP doesn't take me seriously as well and it's extremely frustrating. I wonder if I have fibromyalgia? I guess the rheumatologist will figure it out. I just wish it was sooner than later.
I'm thankful to see I'm not the only one going through this type of thing.
Best wishes to all.

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   Posted 6/5/2010 8:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Do you all ever feel like you are trying to piece a puzzle together.

I'm starting to think when I over do it with my muscles that is trigging the twitches, anyone else notice that??

Since yesterday the calf has slowed down on twitches but I realized last Sunday I may have over used that muscle.

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   Posted 6/5/2010 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
btw, I know someone mentioned meds, but I am not on any so it wouldn't be from that. At least I know I am not alone in all these weird symptoms! Here's hoping to a diagnosis for all of us!

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   Posted 6/19/2012 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
If I can just caution that Wikipedia is not a reputable medical site...It's just a website that anyone can post things on there...

There are reputable places to look online like the Mayo Clinic...or NIH...etc. And obviously that is only to do a bit of research on something but nothing takes the place of speaking with our own Dr. about any questions we have.

But I would only take anything you read on Wiki with a grain of salt as you or I could write something and put it on there:)
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