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Muscle Twitching: Is It A Health Risk?
What Is Muscle Twitching
Muscle twitching is the sudden and fine movements of a small area of muscles in the body. It is caused by minor muscle contractions and relaxation simultaneously. It may happen suddenly for a few seconds and it may be experienced for a few days. In most cases, it disappears suddenly just as fast as it had appeared. You may have experienced this before because almost everyone experiences muscle twitching one way or another.
When muscles start to twitch, it is most often visible especially to the person having it but there are times where it is not noticeable. When smaller muscles are twitching, the twitches may not be noticeable for other people but the person having it will definitely feel the twitch.
Which Body Parts Are Most Commonly Affected?
The eyelids and the muscles at the side of the mouth are probably the most common facial muscles that are affected by muscle twitching. On other parts of the body, the muscles around the biceps, the inner thighs, the fingers, the toes, and the calves may be more prone to muscle twitches. Other parts of the body and facial muscles may also be affected, it is just that the mentioned parts are more prone to twitches.
In Healthy People, What Causes Muscle Twitching?
Lack of magnesium is the main cause of muscle twitches but there are other factors that should be considered.
- Lack of other essential vitamins and minerals
- Stressful lifestyle
- Poor eating habits
- Lack of sleep and rest
- Muscle fatigue
- Excessive exercise
- Caffeine overdose
- Certain medications
- Excessive drinking
Should It Be A Cause For Health Concern?
Muscle twitching is usually not a cause for concern. In fact, even the healthiest individuals can experience it sometime in their lives. It becomes a cause for concern though when the person who has it continues to experience it for months. If the muscle twitching is accompanied by other discomfort and by loss of muscle (muscle wasting), muscle weakness, and loss of sensation in the affected area then it is time to seek medical help.
When Is It A Health Risk?
Muscle twitching is usually benign and is not a cause for concern but sometimes, it can be a symptom of an underlying health problem and should not be neglected. The problem usually involves the nervous system, the spine, or it can be a symptom of a neurological disease.
Severe muscle twitching is most often associated with serious and chronic medical condition such as epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS), Lyme disease, or spinal injury. There may be other causes but these are the more well known causes of severe muscle twitching.
People who are recovering from a very serious illness, injury, or accident may also experience chronic and severe muscle twitching due to the weakening of muscles and nerves in the face or body.
Can You Get Rid Of Muscle Twitching?
For the benign case of muscle twitching, the easiest way to get rid of it is to keep the body hydrated throughout the day and eating foods that are rich in magnesium. Relaxing and having the right amount of sleep and rest may also help.
For severe muscle twitching, it is best to consult a doctor to help prevent a severe health problem to take effect, if it’s possible.
For twitches that happen due to a serious illness or injury or accident, it is best to continue the medication and therapy that the doctor has prescribed. Ignoring a serious health problem will not help in getting rid of the muscle twitches and may pose a more serious health risk in the future.