Muscle spasms occur involuntarily, and they can be annoying when they happen. Sometimes they occur due to less serious reasons such as stress or anxiety; however, they can also occur when someone has an underlying condition or nerve damage. Anyone experiencing consistent nerve twitches should also make sure they don’t have any other symptoms that can indicate a more serious problem.
The Common Causes of Muscle Spasms
If you have consistent muscle spasms or twitches, you might want to get it checked out by your doctor. Your doctor will ask you a series of questions to find out the following information:
· How often twitches occur
· Where the twitches are located
· How long they last
· Other symptoms you might be experiencing
· When the twitching first started
Many times muscle twitches are caused by less serious factors such as stress, anxiety, consuming too much caffeine, and deficiencies of certain nutrients. To rule out serious causes of muscle twitches, EMG machines are used to access the overall health of your muscles and nerve cells.
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More Serious Causes of Muscle Twitches
There are times when muscle twitches are the result of a more serious condition involving your nervous system. Serious conditions that can cause muscle spasms include:
· Neuromyotonia or Isaacs Syndrome
· Muscular dystrophies
· Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS
· Spinal muscular atrophy
When it comes to these serious conditions, there are also other symptoms to look out for including weakness, loss of muscle size, and change in sensation. Muscle twitches are a cause for concern if they have been going on for some time without stopping and if you also feel weak and have loss of muscles.
Natural Remedies to Help Relieve Muscle Spasms
If your muscle twitches are not being caused by a serious condition, there are ways that you can relieve them. You’ll need to focus on finding ways to relax your muscles, like with acupuncture or massage. Some other ways to help find relief from muscle spasms include:
· Getting plenty of rest
· Progressive relaxation exercises
· Using heat on the twitching muscle
· Eating foods high in potassium and magnesium
· Reducing tension and stress
· Reducing consumption of acidic foods
· Improve your posture
· Increase consumption of electrolytes and magnesium
How Are Serious Problems Diagnosed?
Other than using an EMG machine, there are several other methods your doctor will use to figure out the cause of the problem. Your doctor may use some of the following:
· CT scan of your brain or spine
· Blood tests
· MRI scan
· Nerve conduction studies
The blood test will be able to determine if you have any problems with your thyroid gland function, your blood chemistry, or your electrolytes. If you do have a serious condition causing the muscle twitches, there are numerous types of treatment available to help stop the twitching and relieve your other symptoms including medication, surgery, and lifestyle changes. Depending on the condition you have, more than one treatment option may be necessary.
Even though muscle twitches are annoying, they usually aren’t anything that you should worry about. If they don’t go away and if you have any other symptoms that go along with the muscle spasms, you should definitely get checked out. If you don’t have a serious condition, muscle twitches will usually just go away on their own or by using natural remedies such as muscle relaxation techniques.