Muscle Jerking

Discussion in 'Health and Fitness' started by Faustic, Sep 10, 2009.

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  1. Hey all.

    Right, for the past couple of weeks now i've been noticing alot more muscle jerking/twitching than it is usual to get. It's mainly in my legs but sometimes in my arm aswell. It doesn't happen when i'm on the move, only when im sitting relatively still (on the computer, watching TV etc). They're not extreme movements, only small minor ones that probably wouldn't be noticed unless I pointed them out to someone.

    I've done a bit of research and alot of people are saying that it is linked to Anxiety, however i'm not really under any stress or anything of the sort, so I don't think that that's the case.

    Just for reference, i'm 16.


  2. Unfortunately, I suspect a lot of people on this forum do not have medical training sufficient to cover neuromuscular bits and bobs. If it's happening a lot (ie few times a minute) then you might want to see a doctor. If it's happening once a day or so, and you're not pouring boiling water on yourself every time, then you might be ok.

    However, the overarching advice for anything you're worried about is, go to see a doctor. Even if it's just to put your mind at rest.
  3. :?
  4. Oh yeh, forgot I had my name change. Will edit now :D
  5. Go see a doctor.

    I remember reading magnesium deficiency leads to muscle spasms, and athletes are chronically magnesium deficient.

    However, to the doctor with you incase it's something serious.
  6. Drink a lot of energy drinks perchance ?
  7. You are probably thinking of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) - it is believed to be caused, in part, by magnesium deficiency. There's nothing small about the spasms (in my case) from RLS. My wife has punched me on a number of occassions after my restless legs have kicked her while I am asleep. Furthermore, I don't think it occurs in the upper body.

    See a doctor Faustic - if I wanted a diagnosis, I would not be asking Arrse :roll:
  8. Could well be.

    I will add that I used to get muscle spasms when falling asleep, but that was due to boxing I believe and being very relaxed.

    But again, Faustic, to the Doctor go you
  9. I've had this for over twenty years. I wouldn't worry too much - look closely at a dossing dog; they get it as well.
  10. I'd make sure you're doing plenty of stretches to warm up/down before and after exercise but going to see the doctor is the best advice.
  11. Thanks for the replies everyone, i'm going to leave it over the weekend to see if it gets any better as (so far) it hasn;t been as bad tonight.

    Thanks for everyone's advice.
  12. Let me give some exercise tips to you people....

    1.See your doctor before you start any exercise program. Get a full physical to make sure everything's in working order, then find a personal trainer in your neighborhood and make an appointment with him or her for a consultation. Most trainers will give you a free consultation and help you figure out what your fitness level is, your body fat and circumference
    measurements, and the right way to start a program.

    2.Start Slow! Many beginners make the mistake of doing too much when they first start out. If you haven't worked out in a while (or ever) start with a walking program of about 20 to 30 minutes, 3 days a week. Each session, add a few minutes to your workout to progress each week.

    3.Write down your workouts every day, making notes about what you did, how you felt and how you improved since your last workout.

    4.Schedule your workouts each week, just like you would a doctor's appointment.

    5.Harass your best friend, spouse or significant other into working out with you!

    6.Every day, ask yourself how you will make your life healthier. It can be as simple as drinking more water or parking farther away from the front door.

    7.Reward yourself! Give yourself a massage when you reach your goals, or maybe some new workout clothes.

    8.Set daily or weekly goals. Long term goals are great, but are so far away we often forget why we're working so hard. To stay motivated, write down a daily or weekly goal and then follow number 7 (rewarding yourself) if you reach it.

    9.Prepare for your workout the night before by packing your gym bag or, if you work out at home, laying out your workout clothes so when you get home, you're ready to go.

    10.Eat regularly throughout the day so you don't bonk during your workout.
  13. Your not taking any opiates like codeine are you? They can cause spasms in the legs, often at night. When I broke an ankle I was given Tramadol, which made me have quite violent leg spasms. Not really what you want when your in plaster with a broken ankle!

    Its probably nothing to worry about. I still get minor leg twitches today occasionally.