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Muscle twitching/ jumping/ spasming

Just wondering if anyone else out there gets muscle twitching and if you have found anything that helps with that? I can literally see the muscle 'jump' underneath the skin and it does this for hours! The twitching is the worst in my feet, but I also get spasming in my hips, hamstrings and calves as well.



  • tran92ttran92 Posts: 183
    edited 06/29/2012 - 12:11 PM
    i get random muscle twitches all over the place. they can last seconds or hours. very freaky feeling. i've ask my GP about it, and he blames it on chronic pain/ insomnia. or in translation, he hasn't got a clue. i mostly ignore them now, i've got too many other things to worry about with my back. i find moving whichever limb is affected at the time its bothering me, usually settles it down. but thats about all i can say.
    Microdisectomy / hemi-laminectomy 6/2010 and revision 10/2010
    Cervical fusion C4-5 and C5-6 9/2011
    Lumbar Fusion L5-S1 6/2012
  • I have muscle twitching and spasms in my legs below my knees. It looks like something is crawling under my skin. Mine have been twitching for the last 5 years 24/7 non stop. It's not painful and is a by product of the nerve damage in my lower back. It's really nothing to worry about, just really creepy to see and experience.

  • Mine was bad in my leg but found a muscle relaxant and Cymbalta and even icing or using heat helps or stretching. It used to drive me crazy but seems I must be getting better or don't notice it as much anymore. More like 3 or 4 times an hour rather than 60 X. Massage Therapy may have helped some and the warm water therapy or whirlpool. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • My right calf used to twitch all the time and I used to get cramps in that calf all the time too. I have found that I am having fewer cramps and no twitching since starting the amitriptyline. Not sure why though!
  • biobabe131bbiobabe131 Posts: 47
    edited 07/02/2012 - 7:03 AM
    Thank-you all for your comments. I really appreciate it! So sorry you all experience twitching as well.

    tran92- perhaps your twitches are caused by nerve pain related to your back? I have heard that nerve pain can cause them.

    back- I can't imagine having these dreaded things 24/7 ! How do you sleep with them? I find that I have a hard time distracting my mind from them.

    charry- glad to hear things are getting better for you. Thanks for the advice. I've just begun ART to see if it will help with my nerve pain/ twitching/ spasms.

    nel- glad to hear yours has cleared up as well!

    It is believed I have a pinched nerve somewhere in my body that is causing the fasciculations, though I am not sure yet. I am waiting on an MRI to hopefully give me some more info. Thanks again!
  • I take trazadone every night to get to sleep. Earlier this year, I went on a college visit with my daughter and forgot my trazadone. I was so tired and worn out when I got home. It's very difficult to relax when I'm trying to relax. I don't notice it as much when I'm moving about. Without my sleep aid, I'd have gone mad several years ago.

  • I didn't realize how many places there are to twitch. My usual twitch is in the shoulder blades. Cramps seem to be in the feet & shins. I take cyclobenzaprine for the muscle spasms.
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • Thank-you for your input B and Karen!
  • I had several episodes of extreme pain and managed to get to my physical therapist's office to try and get some of my knots worked out. On a couple of occasions, by the time he came into the room, my muscles had gone into severe spasm and I was flopping around on the table like a fish out of water. Talk about humiliating! Anyway, it was nice to have someone there to work the knots out of my muscles so I could relax again. I haven't had any of the twitching episodes since I had the surgery.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Peter BPPeter B Posts: 511
    edited 07/06/2012 - 6:37 PM
    I'd suggest that you look into taking magnesium chloride, which is well know as a muscle soother (Epsom Salts is a well known remedy.)
    It is useful for relieving restless legs too, so your twitching may well respond.

    Nothing new or mysterious about magnesium. It's an essential mineral that is now falling below the levels we need due to soil depletion.

    Muscles need magnesium to function properly, and knots, twitches, tightness etc are signs of a deficiency.

    I take mine diluted in water every day, and my muscle problems (25 years + ) have gone.
  • nelnnel Posts: 402
    edited 07/06/2012 - 10:42 PM
    I think I spoke too soon! Had a rougher ride recently and the twitching and cramps are back! I have been trying drinking tonic water (without the gin!) on my PT's advice but haven't noticed any difference.

    Maybe I will look into this Mg business - but, if the cramps/spasms are caused by nerve damage I am not sure how much supplements will help. But worth a try!
  • Peter,

    That's some very good advice. I would add that you talk with your doctor and get the appropriate blood work to determine your actual levels. To much of something can also cause problems. My GP does quarterly blood work on me. Unfortunately, most of my numbers are well within range with the exception of my cholesterol and blood sugar. That quick fix seems to always evade me. Sometimes the muscle issues are from nerve damage and the only thing you can do is to try and make yourself comfortable.

  • Thanks Peter B for your suggestion!

    I have been taking calcium magnesium every night and so far I haven't had too much cramping. Not sure if that is because of the CaMg or because of the A.R.T (active release therapy) I am getting done, though. Or maybe both?

    Yeah. I agree with you back and Nel. Unfortunately, supplementation may not help everyone.

    Sure hope you all find a way to reduce your twitching! It is difficult as everyone responds differently to different treatments.
  • Hi everyone, I am new to forum but not to chronic pain:( I have had chronic pain since 1994 with my first L4-5 lamenectomy and so many epidural blocks I cant even remember how many. Then 2 more surgeries in 2008 L4-5 and last was thoracic T7-8 discectomy on May 24, 2012 which has been a horrible failure so far. Pain is worse now than before surgery:( Anyway, sorry to digress but wanted to give a little history. I have been having twitches and spasms since last surgery. they drive me crazy and keep my hubby awake at night. I have them all over and seem worse when I am in alot of pain or havent slept which is a chronic problem also. My surgeon started me on Gabapentin for the spasms and leg pain but haven't noticed any improvement:( I have had pain since my early 20's and have missed out on so much but the worse has been lately because I can't do the things I want to with my grandson who is 2. He always says Grammy has a booboo as he pats my back. It breaks my heart. I admire all of you who have dealt with pain for yrs. and have such a positive attitude because my attitude has been anything but positive lately:(

    Hugs to you, Kelli
  • CrysMarxCCrysMarx Posts: 1
    edited 09/03/2015 - 2:02 PM
    I am 23 years old and have had the muscle twitching, 24/7, for quite some time (I want to say 6 years give or take). Just like yinz have said, it looks like something is crawling around under the skin. I can see it going on, but there is not pain what so ever. However if I think or worry about it too much or start getting really warm, it becomes bad Charley Horses. I've been to the hospital a couple times, because they wouldn't settle down. I've also done quite a bit of blood work, and no one I've talked to seems to know what it could be. My feet are kind of strange looking, too; a large arc, toes don't touch the ground due to them looking like cheese curls, and my feet don't rest fully on the ground. I'm wondering if maybe that's normal and if it'd have to due with posture, or if maybe it would have something to do with feet/ankle?

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  • Jacqueline3568JJacqueline3568 Posts: 1
    edited 09/03/2015 - 2:00 PM
    I've been experiencing leg muscle twitching for a year now. The neurosurgeon has informed me that it is caused by the nerve damage of my L4, L5 and S1. Although the twitching is not painful it is annoying and embarrassing when others see it or feel it. I'm hoping son that my back gets better. It's been a year already.

    Wishing everyone experiencing back pain all the best.

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