What Makes Your Muscles Twitch and Spasm?
You tell your muscles what to do without even thinking about it, but they can’t relax when they pulse or contract. Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky, MD on September 08, 2019 at 12:30pm ET (19:30am GMT).
Twitches and spasms are most common in the thighs, calves, arms, belly, ribcage, and arches of your foot. While doctors aren’t always sure why they happen, a few common triggers include stress, smoking, bright light, too much caffeine, and a lack of sleep.
What causes muscle spasm?
A muscle spasm is a sudden, involuntary movement in one or more muscles, also known as a charley horse, muscle cramp, or twitch. It can occur in any muscle of the body and is very common. Muscle spasms are commonly caused by stress, exercise, or dehydration.
How do you relieve muscle spasms?
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Stretching the muscle spasm area can usually help improve or prevent the spasm from occurring.
- Ice or heat.
- Mild exercise.
- Nonprescription remedies.
- Topical anti-inflammatory and pain relieving creams.
When should I be concerned about muscle spasms?
Any muscle spasms that occur on a regular basis. Muscle spasms that do not resolve on their own with rest, hydration, and proper nutrition. Any pain or injury that occurs as a result of a muscle spasm, especially back spasms.
How long do back spasms last?
Low back pain caused by any strain or injury usually goes away in 3-6 weeks, so if you’ve been in pain for longer than that, you should seek medical help.
What is the best medicine for muscle spasms?
Diazepam (Valium) is a sedative that is used to treat muscle spasms caused by inflammation, trauma, or muscle spasticity. It works by increasing the activity of a specific neurotransmitter, which reduces the occurrence of muscle spasms. Diazepam can cause drowsiness, fatigue, and muscle weakness.
What is the best natural muscle relaxer?
The 7 Most Effective Natural Muscle Relaxants
- Cayenne pepper.
- Vitamin D.
- Cherry juice.
- Blueberry smoothies.
- Vitamin D.
Is there a shot for muscle spasms?
Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is a protein that is injected directly into the muscle to prevent muscle spasms. A spasm occurs when your muscle contracts or moves on its own.
Can stress cause muscle spasms?
Excessive muscle tension caused by psychological stress or high anxiety levels can result in muscle twitching. Muscle twitches caused by stress can occur anywhere in the body.
Can anxiety cause muscle spasms?
Anxiety and stress can cause muscle twitching by releasing neurotransmitters from the nerves supplying the muscles; additionally, anxiety can cause you to hyperventilate, or breathe faster, altering the ions concentration and pH in your body, predisposing you to muscle twitching.
Is it normal to have muscle spasms everyday?
Could it be the start of ALS if a person’s muscles twitch frequently, or even on a daily basis? A: Muscle twitching is very common, especially when people have had too much coffee, too much stress, or not enough sleep.
What does ALS feel like in the beginning?
Muscle weakness, tightness (spasticity), cramping, or twitching (fasciculations) are common early symptoms of ALS, and this stage is also associated with muscle loss or atrophy.
Can muscle spasms be permanent?
Muscle spasms, also known as chronic, recurrent, permanent, or widespread muscle spasms, are longer-lasting, forceful, and involuntary contractions of one or more muscles. A chronic muscle spasm occurs when a muscle contraction is abnormally sustained and is extremely painful.
Is ice or heat better for muscle spasms?
If there is swelling or inflammation, ice is usually the first step; for conditions such as muscle spasms, heat is used to help relax the spasm; and ice is used if the condition is painful or irritable.
What’s a back spasm feel like?
A back spasm can feel like a tightening, pulling, or twitching of the muscles in your back, with some muscle spasms being hard to touch or showing visible twitching. The intensity and duration of each muscle spasm can vary.
Why does my back keep spasming?
Back spasms are sudden tightness and pain in your back muscles that can be caused by overuse or injury. Things like sleeping in an unusual position, bending, lifting, standing, or sitting can all cause a spasm.