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many issues can cause twitching muscles.
low blood potassium
lack of sleep
excessive muscle strain or fatigue
which muscles are twitching?
have you been drinking enough fluids? are you dehydrated?
you are in ghana?
It differs from time to time, Most of the times its in my legs and calfs
I am in ghana yes
many issues can cause muscle twitching.
and it is not all the time
occational muscle twitching can be from lack of potassium in your blood stream.
you can get more potassium by eating bananas and drinking juices like orange juice or guava juice.
this might help boost your blood's potassium levels and help stop muscle twitching.
also drinking enough fluids and getting proper sleep can help as well.
but when the muscle starts twitching it can twitch for a day or 2, on and off.
try to drink more fluids and try to drink more juices to get more potassium in your system.
Especially when I think about it. But there is no muscle weakness as I exercise 4-5times a week
this might help.
if it doesn't help, you might need to see a doctor and get blood testing
that is good that you exercise.
are you drinking enough fluids before and after exercise?
I try to, living in ghana I sweat a lot as well.
I will try the potassium things.
sweating a lot can cause you to loose quite a bit of salt and potassium
good luck to you
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Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX question, does stress and anxiety bring this on?
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excessive anxiety can cause muscle tension and can cause muscle twitching as well.
relaxation and mediation and stretching can help with this.
ok, i will see what I can do
if you feel anxious, you should try to take slow deep breaths.
if the anxiety is bad, your doctor might have to give you medications to help decrease anxiety .
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Normal individuals do not get dehydrated to the point .they obtain muscle twitching. This would require a medical problem to happen, and you have given no indication that you are dehydrated.
There is a syndrome called benign fasiculations, which usually resolves itself. However, you do not meet the full criteria for this.
Potassium depletion is not common without illness, it is in almost all vegetable foods. Magnesium deficiency [relative] is far more common, but all electrolytes should be checked.
Twitching can come and go in the early stages of more serious illness such as lyme disease, ALS and MS, so any new onset of muscle twitching is a reason to talk to your doctor, not simply wait and see if it goes away as you were advised.
I would see the doctor, have routine labs, plus magnesium, calcium and thyroid studies.
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