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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.

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  • 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: 46
    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!
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  • 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.
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