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Muscle twitching

Sep 18, 2015 3:03 PM

I have been experiencing alot of small muscle twitching in my legs in arms for the last week. Could be part of RA. Always fear the worst like ALS with muscle twitching.

Sep 18, 2015 3:11 PM

I get that too and cramping aswell saw gp today she didnt say much & gave me quinin tablets more drugs!! Its my fingers & calfs worse what about u? x

Sep 18, 2015 3:14 PM

It's in my calfs, feet and thighs. Sometimes arms. I seem my RA doctor today hopefully he has some answers

Sep 18, 2015 3:28 PM

I hope you get answers i too get it in thigh & OMG thats hell the times i get it im crying the pain isΒ awful & its my inner thigh that gets it worse & now hands etc sonow on quinine tabs

Sep 18, 2015 4:12 PM

My RA doctor just told me muscle twitching wasn't part of RA. So now I'm lost he told me to ask my neurological doctor

Sep 18, 2015 7:42 PM

Firemustang, I experienced some twitches, or jerky spasms in my thighs a few nights ago. I'm going to Mayo for tests this week, with Neuro. I'll let you know what they say. πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Sep 18, 2015 9:19 PM

Magnesium, calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B's especially B-12 and potassium could all be a factor. Have they ran a complete metabolic panel on you? For a little while I took Lyrica then gabapentin and even elavil seemed to help. After some time all of those drugs actually made leg twitching worse. Seems like the only things that help me now are: Epsom salt baths, massage therapy and stretching. It is a feeling like none other. I know that when it happens it consumes you even more than pain. I try to make sure that I am always well hydrated. Being dehydrated causes a host of issues from headaches, muscle spasms to urinary infections. I do not think that there is one answer. I just start down a long list of things that may help. I always head for a long hot Epsom salt bath to start with. Hopefully one of the things I mentioned will give you relief.

Sep 19, 2015 4:53 PM

Thanks I will try those things. I have appointment with my new GP on Tuesday so I will ask for blood work. With all the muscle twitching and pain I keep freaking out about ALS. I do have confirmed RA.

Sep 20, 2015 5:29 PM

Do the twitches hurt or sting? It's not usual for ALS twitches to do that. Also with ALS you would probably notice muscle weakness as well. I went through the same worry and had these things pointed out. Migraine, diabetes, fibromyalgia (me) all can cause these fascillations. But so could a bad few weeks of stress! Best of luck!

Sep 20, 2015 5:32 PM

They don't hurt but I have alot of muscle pain the areas of the twitches. Going to talk to my doctor more about the fibromyalgia. Thanks again.

Sep 21, 2015 5:16 PM

Mine hurt - bad. Like the muscle is tearing. Had EMG TODAY and pain is so bad so bad

Sep 21, 2015 6:21 PM

I'm so sorry. I heard back from my neurologist and he up my one med. The twitches themselves don't hurt but I get stabbing pains in my joints and muscles.

Sep 21, 2015 7:27 PM

I have those everyday. I blame them on my fibro. They happen a couple times a minute actually. More when I'm sleeping. If I excersise or walk a good distance my legs or whatever muscle was worked will rapidly twitch the instant I sit down and rela . The twitches are usually small and unnoticeable to anybody who doesn't happen to be looking at the part of my body. Though some are big and cause me to jerk a body part very obviously. I was diagnosed at 16 with fibro. I'm now 23 and don't know much about it since all I got was a diagnoses and nothing more... I blame my twitching on fibro

Sep 25, 2015 8:25 AM

Firemustang, Mayo did an EMG on my legs and hands. They said they were some delayed reactive responses on my right side, but they think my twitches & tremors are the result of a medicine, or combination of. Waiting to see another doc next week.πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Sep 25, 2015 9:08 AM

Flappsy, I am praying that when you go back to Mayo that they are able to find the cause and give you relief from the tremors and give you peace of mind without causing you to have more pain. You're in my thoughts.πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»

Sep 25, 2015 9:14 AM

I was told my twitching was the fibromyalgia. My doc gave me clonazapam.

Sep 25, 2015 9:16 AM

I have had Fibro for many years and don't have muscle twitching. Then again, it doesn't mean it's not possible. We are all different. I hope the medicine your doctor gave you helps.πŸŒ»πŸ™πŸ»

Oct 07, 2015 7:25 PM

My cav muscles hurt so much I got tons of knots in my legs, I'm still able to with= due to my Med, I stand a lot when I sit than get up my ankles won't bend= lastnite I got up to use restroom, I hurt so bad n sat on toilet n rubbed my cavs for like 10 min= cymbaltia 30 mg took all pain away than it got up to 60 an in few days pain was back= I knew it was to good to last! Just awful

Oct 07, 2015 9:15 PM

Standing a lot causes my calves to knot up. I contribute it to fibro, and I rub voltaren gel in before bed to evade night cramps. πŸ™πŸŒΌ

Oct 07, 2015 9:38 PM

I just starting using Voltaren gel and it's helped alot.

Oct 07, 2015 10:46 PM

Could it be Restless Legs Syndrome?

Or physical anxiety? Sometimes, I feel as if I am literally trying to jump out of my skin - I can't get comfortable, I can't stay in any one position for too long because it feels like something is building up painfully like a cramp is coming. My breathing become fast and erratic. I often burst into tears. I actually for a long time had no idea it was anxiety until my doctor told me. Lorazepam is the only thing that helps me.

Oct 08, 2015 2:54 AM

Wow. Our symptoms match. My legs are like stone except when they are twitching and that turns to cramps. The little muscles I my feet and ankles do it too. I'm on cymbalta 60. It stopped working for me too. But I get violently ill if I miss a dose. Did you twitch before Cymbalta? I'm at my ropes end the pain is excruciating

Oct 08, 2015 6:50 AM

Cymbalta is hell to withdrawal from. I took it for years. It didn't work for me. I hope you all get some relief! I don't have twitches, my shins and calves ache as well as my feet. They feel hot and my ankles swell. My doctor told me I need to lose a few pounds lol like I didn't already know that. I've gained weight over the past several years as my pain has gotten worse and my mobility has lessened. I was still in pain when I was thinner, can't remember if it was as bad as it is now. Of course I can't remember what I ate yesterday so that's not saying much.

Oct 08, 2015 7:50 AM

I get full body twitches that were worse when I was totally exhausted at night which was most nights. The twitching or spasms were so bad it would svare me. My Dr told me I had restless leg syndrome. I couldn't believe what she was saying and in the end I told her I think she is a great dr so I would trust her. After starting the restless leg syndrome medication to my surprise and disbelief it has stopped.

Oct 10, 2015 2:42 PM

Cymbalta is a heck of a drug. I've been on it for years, and yes, withdrawal is horrible. It's worse then withdrawal for narcotics, and it lasts a lot longer. I was put on it years ago for depression and anxiety, and they hoped it might help my burning pain. Nope. Definitely didn't help my pain, made me numb and angry in addition to depressed and anxious, and made me gain a significant amount of weight - 40 lbs. I've been trying to get help to get off it for years, but no one has done helped me. Finally, I saw a new psychiatrist on Thursday who gave me a new diagnosis (BiPolar2) and put me on a new medication (Lamictal), and hopefully I will be weaning off Cymbalta soon.

You guys are really making me think about this RLS. I think I might have it. For years I've been writing this off as anxiety induced, and had at least one doctor verify it, but I'll have these awful episodes where I will literally feel as if I am jumping out of my skin. It's always when I am trying to sleep. Sometimes it's my legs and arms, and sometimes it's just my legs. It feels like something is building up in my legs, making them tighten, then when I can't stand it anymore -a few seconds- I have to move to a different position and it all starts up again. I usually take double my anxiety meds to make it stop because they will knock me out. It's really awful, and now I am not sure what it is.

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