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Muscle twitches
Aug 21, 2006
For the last 2 weeks I have been having muscle twitches everywhere. It started in my right leg with pins and needles sensations and itching. Then spread everywhere. It is so worrisome and drives me crazy. I have not been able to sleep well unless I take ativan that my doctor prescribed me for anxiety. He said this was all related to anxiety and didn't think it was anything to worry about neurogically. I am still going to go see a neurologist but I'm wondering if anyone has had this and how long did it last. I am thinking about getting on an antidepressant to help with anxiety, but haven't decided for sure yet, worried about the side effects. I have a 10 month old baby that I love so much and I feel like I'm going crazy and nobody understands. My husband is really supportive but thinks I need to get help with anxiety/stress/depression. I have been stressed out lately but my anxiety got really bad when these muscle twitches started. It seems really bad at night when sleeping because all I do is lie there and think and worry and then don't get enough sleep. I don't want to have to depend on a drug to sleep forever plus I don't even know if my doctor will prescribe it forever since they say it is so addictive. I've read so much on the internet, anywhere from it being ALS to taking magnesium. I did go buy magnesium supplements and have started taking them 2 days ago. I will try anything. Does anyone have any suggestions before I go crazy and drive my family crazy too.:confused:
Re: Muscle twitches
Aug 21, 2006
I have had lots of muscle twitching for many years now. When i first got it, it really made me anxious and all i could think about was, what terrible nerve disease am i getting. I thought forsure i was getting ALS. The more anxiety i got the more I twitched. I did finally go on an antidepressant and it helped my twitching tremendously. Now i am not on anything and i still getting twitching but i do not worry about it. If you have lots of anxiety it can cause twitching, but if you are really worried about it i would go to the doctors. It will ease your mind.
Re: Muscle twitches
Aug 22, 2006
Do I ever experience muscle twitching? I am right now! In my calves mostly, though I get them all over. Mine started in May, when I thought I was coming down with a horrible disease, and I've had them ever since. I told my doctor about them and she just smiled and told me not to worry about them. This was right after she put me on Effexor, and I was wondering about side affects, though I had the twitches before I ever popped one of those pills. Funny thing is, many of the side affects of the drug are pretty much the same as anxiety symptoms, which is so incredibly retarded. :dizzy:
Re: Muscle twitches
Aug 22, 2006
Yeah, my health concerns were the same as your - within the realm of neurological problems. I think cyberchondria, you know, health anxiety aggravated by googling symptoms, is just going to get worse for everyone.
I'm still nerveous, especially in the morning, and I'm paying way to much attention to my body...but there ya go. It's going to take awhile before I cut this crap out. :p
Re: Muscle twitches
Aug 23, 2006
I even get muscle pain like in my right leg, it comes and goes, sometimes it's pretty bad. Can all of this be because of anxiety? I just wonder sometimes. And it's not even after I've had an attack or anything.
The twitches are there no matter what, feeling good, no anxiety anything. I just feel so lost sometimes on how to feel and wonder if I am going to have to deal with this for the rest of my life. I'm tired of worrying and being frustrated and crying. I do have an appt. with a neurologist, see what happens with that.
Re: Muscle twitches
Aug 23, 2006
My doctor and my psychologist both told me muscle twitches are nothing to worry about. As far as your leg pain goes, well, if you're as keyed up as I am, then your muscles are probably wound tight. Muscle pain is inevitable. Also, you know how people have a nerveous facial tick? Our muscle twitches are another version of that. I have them all over by the way...arms, legs, rear-end, neck. The kick up especially when I'm trying to go to sleep. The fact is, our nervous systems are juiced up from anxiety, so things like twitches happen. Also, look up the "flight or fight" trigger on the web (but please, don't look up symptoms!), it explains how being nerveous or scared makes the body react in a certain way. :)
Re: Muscle twitches
Aug 23, 2006
Thanks for all the replies, it makes me feel like I'm not so alone.

I just find it so hard this is all anxiety related. I don't even feel anxious a lot of the time and still get all they symptoms? If anything the symptoms make me anxious!!!

When will this all go away? Has anyone ever recovered from something like this? All the stories I read have been from people still suffering?:confused:
Re: Muscle twitches
Aug 24, 2006
No jennifer1978, I haven't been to a neurologist. I told my doc about these bodily sensations, and I know one thing, if she felt I needed to go to one, she'd send me. Just think about it, all the liability out there, it would be no skin off her back to send me to a neuro for an appointment if she suspected something. So keep that in mind, because it sounds like you've been going to a doctor already. Is it hard to believe these weird feelings are just from anxiety? Oh yes. Two weeks ago, I had trouble believing it, but no one else around me did. Once you reach a certain point with anxiety, your body does "things" even when you're not consciously nerveous. I still have doubts about things, mind you, I'm not cured. I just don't jump to the worst conclusions anymore. I keep hearing stories about people with our symptoms - and worse (one man even lost the use of his leg for a little while), and they got MRI's and they turned out clean. So try to think of that.;)
Re: Muscle twitches
Aug 24, 2006
I have had twitches for 5 years. I get them all over my body. The legs are the worse. I have been to a Neurologist and he says it is Benign Fasciculation syndrome. Nothing serious. One thing for sure, it does get worse with anxiety. Even when I'm not anxious, they are there 24/7 just not as pronounced. As the years went by I just accepted it. Try not to worry about it because if you do, they will be worse. After I went to the Neurologist they were not as bad because he made me feel better. I think you will feel better to.
Re: Muscle twitches
Aug 24, 2006
How do you sleep? Just get used to it? I have a hard time sleeping. What does the neurologist say about the reason for benign fascisculations? There has to be a reason. I've read a lot about magnesium deficiencies? Was that mentioned?

Today I went to my GP and she gave Buspar to take at night. It is for anxiety. Not sure if I want to get the presc. filled or not. I'm just not that into taking meds. Although I've had to to be able to sleep. She wouldn't give me anymore xanax, says it's to addictive and would in the long run cause even more anxiety. That sucks because atleast that was allowing me to sleep. I feel so lost. Do neurologist prescribe anything for BFS?
Re: Muscle twitches
Aug 25, 2006
Jennifer - motherhood does weird things to a person. I have two children 5 and almost 3. When my youngest was a little over a year, I started getting tingling on one side of my face that spread to my hands and feet. Freaked out I ran from my doctor to neurologist, had an mri which was normal, saw another neurologist had another mri and blood work which all showed nothing. I was told it was anxiety and given ativan to take as needed. That was 1 1/2 years ago.

I didn't believe (and still sometimes doubt) that the tingling, pin stick feelings I still get - are all due to stress. I don't know how old you are - I'm in my 30's, but stress never affected me this way. Maybe it is hormonal. I know my symptoms get worse with the onset of my period.

Initally, ativan was the majic bullet. When I take the ativan those twitchy feelings go away - however the drug is not as effective for me now as it once was - I don't like the way I feel the next day.

You said you have a 10 month old. That is an enormous responsibility and a huge stress. Give yourself a break. Reassure yourself. See the neuro - it will probably put your mind at ease. Worry and anxiety, I think are natural to parenthood - especially moms. Have you had any time to yourself? To read a book, have a spa day, go shopping by yourself? That is so important. As a mom, you need to take care of yourself so you can take care of your family.

I sympathize. Anxiety is no fun and the symptoms it brings create a vicious cycle. If you have problems sleeping - try this. When my kids were infants both of them had a hard time sleeping at night. My mom got me a cd with lullabies that have a heart beat in the background that I would play for them. It put me and the kids to sleep. Try it.

Knowing that others are experiencing what you are and that you are not crazy means alot. I really hope you feel better soon.
Re: Muscle twitches
Aug 26, 2006
In time you do get used to it. I had a hard time sleeping at first to, but it's not as bad now.

Whenever doctors call something a syndrome, they don't know what causes it. They gave me tests to rule out the bad things, then called it BFS.

My doctor wanted to give me Klonopin to help me sleep, but I didn't want to start taking it if I didn't have to. I feel the same way as you do about meds. I resisted it and I am glad I did. There is nothing they can give you for the BFS. If Anxiety is making the BFS worse, they can give you something for the anxiety.

Try and hang in there. After having it for so long, you just learn to ignore it.
Re: Muscle twitches
Aug 26, 2006
Hey Jennifer, Man I have had some awful spasms for the last couple of days and they are driving me nuts! I am under tremendous stress (you wouldn't want to hear my story) but anyways I know it is due to high anxiety. I take Lorazapam in the morning and can take one at night if needed. I haven't been able to sleep well at all so I know how you feel. :confused: I am a mother mine are much older but they can stress you out also but if you have a 10 month old I can understand. Take all the great advise everyone has given and try to relax more it shall get better. Take care Jules.;)
Re: Muscle twitches
Aug 26, 2006
jennifer1978,

My symptoms are not as bad as when they first started. I don't get the facial twitching but now the right side of my tongue and lips occasionally buzzes/burns. I would get tingling in my thumb, index and middle finger on both hands but not at the same time and also in my right food - that's gone too. I now get traveling pin stick feelings on my arms and chest but they are fleeting.

I have other problems (kidney and gall stones) that cause pain and anxiety over a impending attack. I have had episodes of both and had my "twitches" flare up with each.

The ativan does help. I can sleep and it does relieve the physical symptoms. When I first began taking it, it would totally relax me and put me to sleep within 30 minutes and I would feel good (anxiety free) for a day or so. Now it takes the anxiety away for about 6 - 8 hours, but it doesn't have the same muscle relaxation effect it once did. Earlier this year, when I thought I had to have gall bladder surgery - I was taking them every day. When I didn't have to have surgery, I was relieved so I stopped. The worst depression of my life followed - it was awful. My doctor said I was having withdrawal symptoms and that I should probably stop taking it. Seven months passed before I took it again. I only use ativan when I absolutely need it. I have to deal with the weepiness/grumpiness afterward. I don't like to take alot of pills either, but that is the only thing I have tried that nips the anxiety attack in the bud.

Regarding sleep, I know when my kids were infants, their wakefulness would often disrupt my sleep. It takes time to get your sleep rhythm back. Does your baby keep you up? Are you anticipating her waking - so you get up? Does she have any health issues that are concerning you so you feel the need to constantly check on her. I went through that. I can tell you it gets better as they get older.

Check out your sleeping area too. Maybe move the tv out and get rid of any clutter and try to make it a relaxing retreat. Try relaxation breathing - sort of like what they taught in lamaze - deep conscious breathing. That may help you to fall asleep.

Let me know what the neuro says. You might ask your therapist/doctor too about post partum depression. It is not always the weeks immediately after birth - sometimes it comes out later. I experienced that too. Again, with help - it will get better.

Maybe find a moms group in your area. Mothers and More has chapters all over the country. Check with the hospital where your child was born or with your pediatrician - they can probably hook you up with a local group. Sharing your experiences with other moms going through the same challenges will help.

Wishing you luck on Wednesday! I hope you get some rest.
Re: Muscle twitches
Sep 21, 2006
Jennifer,
Hi, I don't have twitches only when I was trying to take Wellbutrin once. The drug I take is Buspar, so just thought I would give you my experience with that seeings your Dr. has prescribed it for you. At first I felt more anxious, though nothing I couldn't stand. Buspar relieved my heart skipping a beat, doesn't hardly do it at all anymore. It did take almost 12 weeks though at 20mg. a day broken into 4 times a day at 5mg. to start working. If you can get through the side effects Buspar can really relieve the stress and anxiety in some patients and it has been used long term now. It's an older drug, been around since 1986. It's not addictive and I have come off of it twice before and stayed off for 3yrs. at a time. I am prone to relapse though and am now back on again. Everything I've read about Buspar in the medical field only makes me feel more comfortable taking it. It is not supposed to have any withdrawal symtoms either, so if you try it, good luck.

I always feel incredibly calm after being on Buspar for about 6 months and I really am able to get back to my normal life. It is also very easy to adjust the amount you take after you start feeling better and you can take a maintenance dose for many years if you want, such as 5mg. a day only. Let us know how you do on the Buspar if you decide to try it, and remember it takes a few weeks to start working.





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