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Hello, everybody!

I have recently been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

I often worry about different things, mostly diseases + I am rarely able to totally relax.

The reason that I went to seek medical help was the fact that I started getting muscle twitches all over my body..My legs and feet (especially the right leg and the right foot) twitch almost constantly. But, the twitching is not restricted to my feet and legs. I also twich in my arms, shoulders, back, buttocks, chest...Name any part of my body - it has twitched (even my private parts...sorry to be graphic). This has been going on for almost a full month now. Beside muscle twitches, I also started getting the "pins & needles" senseation (+ feeling of coldness that usually accompanies the tingling). This happens mostly in my feet, but also elsewhere.

I should mention that all these symptoms developed soon after my grandmother was diagnosed with brain cancer and I started worrying about her.

The thing is - these muscle twitches do not seem to be going away. My Dr. says that it is all anxiety-related, but I mostly get them when I am relaxed (even before I fall asleep or while I'm sleeping).

My question is: Does anybody else here experience muscle twitches as a result of their anxiety. I have read a lot about the so-called "Benign Fasciculations Syndrome". It, however, sounds a bit too weird to me that I could develop BFS at the very same time when my anxiety became more pronounced (because of my grandmother's illness).

Any info. or experiences regarding anxiety and muscle twitches will be greatly appreciated.
My main question is: Can anxiety cause your muscles to twitch all over your body even at times when you are resting?

Thank you.
Sanguine,
thanks a lot for your reply.

I've read that eyelid, calf and thumb muscle twitches are relatively normal for people with anxiety, but what worries me insanely is that my fasciculations occur all over my body.

Strange...
WoW!

I wasn't here for a few days and look at all these replies.

I agree with Carebear and SlyJohn that chest twitches are the worst. Whenever they happen to me, I feel that my body is decomposing.

Thanks for all the insights, guys. I'm glad I'm not the only one with the twitching problem (Not that I wish these twitches to anyone).

My twitching seems to be getting better and, then, worse, depending on a day (or time of the day). Just when I think they're calming down, various muscles will start twitching uncontrollably. The worst fasciculations are in my right foot. It feels as if I have some bugs under my skin.

I still have hard time believing that all these twitches are caused by my anxiety, especially because they seem to be happening when I'm relaxed (also, they are worst a few days following a good exercise).

I have a feeling that these fasciculations are somehow triggered by anxiety and, once here, they become independent from stress, nervousness, anxiety and start acting on their own.

I started seeing a psychologist for my generalized anxiety, but I am in a very serious doubt that he'll be able to help me with these twitches...Oh, well,...At least my anxiety might improve...

Pauline,
I've read on BFS and it says everywhere that doctors don't really know what causes it. How do you know that BFS is caused by a virus?
The worst thing about BFS is that muscle fasciculations actually do not disappear with time and that you might have them for the rest of your life. That's, of course, the worst-case scenario.
Muscle fasciculations can also be caused by magnesium and/or calcium deficiency, lack of vitamin B, etc. Go figure...
I just hope we all get rid of them, because they can be extremely annoying...
Hello Group,

Reading your posts really made me feel better. Thank you. . In my case it is almost certainly the cause of anxiety. You may be interested in reading some of the work on stress by Robert Sapolsky:

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His dire consequences of long term degeneration does not apply to our cases. In short I believe the source of all of our neurological problems is the accumulation of damage to our cells by STRESS via the endocrine system! I had quite a few extremely stressful life events in the last 4 years, and my job is really stressful. The one difference is that I cannot seem to gain weight, all my life it has been this way, plus I am a nervous person. So I wonder if I have an over active Thyroid...?

My twitching started after a really intense squash match, followed directly by another stressful life event. My neurons just said, "OK, we give up!".

So I am going to take action:

my plan 1) a regiment of healthy food and exercise+vitamin B complexes etc..
++rexorubia salt mix may be included (says it helps for muscles and nerves)
2) a vacation
3) no more damn news media preaching fear
4) meditation (alan watts and mentally versing the japanese
alphabet)
5) go to a sports clinic and sign up for full body massage sessions.
6) more time with my hobbies (reading and music)

I advise anyone suffer from stress related disorders to TAKE ACTION to reduce the stress on the long term ASAP.

Please add to my list of relaxing activities, and also comment on how to know if I have an overactive thyroid.

thank you and good luck.

ps Ontaian-when you relax it is normal for it to get worse, due to the loss of control from your cortex, don't worry it is anxiety!





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