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Muscle twitches. Does anyone else have this problem?

post #1 of 15
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I know most people get strange muscle twitches every now and then. Usually mine come from using muscles I haven't used in a while, or being low on potassium. They normally only last a few hours, or at the most a day.

Well, I've had a muscle twitching in the back of my hand for months now. Apparently it's one of the muscles that control the middle finger (yeah, the bad one! ) It doesn't hurt or cramp up, it's just annoying. It can get strong enough to make the middle finger move which is a real pain at work if I'm trying to type or work the mouse. Even when it isn't that bad (moving my finger) I can still feel it which drives me crazy!

And, when I say months, I probably should say years because it's been happening on and off for the last 2 years, just not constant. I was just wondering if anyone has had a constant twitch like this and if you think it's serious. I haven't mentioned it to a doctor because I feel really silly saying "well, my finger is moving on it's own and it's just real annoying". I do work on the computer all day, then come home and get on here. I does get worse at the end of the day, but even on long weekends when I'm not at work it still doesn't stop.

I even had to take muscle relaxers for my back a few weeks ago, and it STILL did it. At that point, I didn't care and just fell asleep but it was still doing it the next day. Any ideas?
post #2 of 15
Sorry, no ideas for if it's ok or what causes it. Just want to say that I think I sort of have the same thing.

For me, it's under my outer left eye. Weird, I know! It's just this little tiny twitch, in an area I can't even move on my own if I want. When it's mild, I just feel it, and it kind of irritates me, but no big deal. When it's "bad", it actually twitches enough to be seen. Just little, tiny twitches. When I see it in the mirror, it looks to me just like my heart beat, so it isn't really creepy or anything. Is that what yours does?

Like you, I've never mentioned it to the doctor. It's been doing this for ages, and it really seems like no big deal to me. I do occasionally get these in other places, but this one under my eye is the most common.

Gee, I feel like I have no secrets with you guys!
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Sorry, no ideas for if it's ok or what causes it. Just want to say that I think I sort of have the same thing.

For me, it's under my outer left eye. Weird, I know! It's just this little tiny twitch, in an area I can't even move on my own if I want. When it's mild, I just feel it, and it kind of irritates me, but no big deal. When it's "bad", it actually twitches enough to be seen. Just little, tiny twitches. When I see it in the mirror, it looks to me just like my heart beat, so it isn't really creepy or anything. Is that what yours does?

Like you, I've never mentioned it to the doctor. It's been doing this for ages, and it really seems like no big deal to me. I do occasionally get these in other places, but this one under my eye is the most common.

Gee, I feel like I have no secrets with you guys!
Of course you have no secrets! You are a crazy cat person just like the rest of us!

I get muscle twitches around the eye too. Let me ask you, do you wear contacts? I find I get twitches around the eye more when my contacts are dry, or dirty and need to be changed, or if I've been reading or on the computer too long. And, those eye twitches are the worst! When I get them (usually in my eye lid, although I do sometimes get them in the bottom lid) I just want to tell the person I'm talking to "NO, I'm NOT winking at you...I just have a twitch!".
post #4 of 15
I had my right bottom eyelid twitch for nearly three days straight recently... very very annoying. Resting my eyes, compresses, and eye drops didn't help. Bright light made it worse, probably because it makes me squint.
My right arm and hand will jerk quite often, and occasionally my legs will. I've just chalked it up to NCS/dysautonomia since it's common in so many with it.


It may simply be from computer use and how you're positioning your hand, but f it's fairly constant maybe it would be best to see if your doctor can find the cause.
post #5 of 15
I get one near my eye occasionally. Drives me absolutely buggy when it happens! Sometimes it lasts a few hours.
post #6 of 15
I do all the time .. I have a disorder that is charecterized by them ... I have internal and external jerking
post #7 of 15
i get them all the time, in my fingers.
but i also need carpal tunnel operations on both arms.

lol as i am typing this, my left elbow hurts in stright line down to the middle two fingers, which both keep jumping.

if i let the arm hang, down loose. It all stops.
post #8 of 15
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Of course you have no secrets! You are a crazy cat person just like the rest of us!
Aw, it's nice to be part of the gang!


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I get muscle twitches around the eye too. Let me ask you, do you wear contacts? I find I get twitches around the eye more when my contacts are dry, or dirty and need to be changed, or if I've been reading or on the computer too long. And, those eye twitches are the worst! When I get them (usually in my eye lid, although I do sometimes get them in the bottom lid) I just want to tell the person I'm talking to "NO, I'm NOT winking at you...I just have a twitch!".
No, I don't wear contacts. But, I do sit in front of a computer all day every day... I've never noticed an obvious corelation, but I'm sure they're connected somehow! And yeah, if my eye is twitching and I think people can see it, I usually like to try to find something else to look at so they don't think I'm winking at them.
post #9 of 15
Oh, I can certainly feel your pain!!!

I suffered for over 13 years with something that was eventually diagnosed as Middle Ear Myoclonus. The tiny muscles that hold the eardrum in place would spasm, causing a thumping sound. This went on, day and night, for years on end....to the point where I would lay in bed at night and pray to God to please let me die, because I couldn't stand it anymore. One day, I mentioned my problem to a surgeon that I was working with, and he referred me to an ear specialist. Long story short....I had surgery to cut those tiny muscles in my middle ear, and I haven't had a problem since!

I wonder if you're having a radial nerve or ulnar nerve problem. You might want to have your doctor refer you to a neurologist or physiatrist, who can do an EMG study on you, to rule out any myopathy or neuropathy.

Good luck! I completely understand how frustrating it can be!
post #10 of 15
I get one near my eye sometimes..it seems to happen when I am really stressed or p***ed off. I also get them in my legs sometimes.
post #11 of 15
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...Apparently it's one of the muscles that control the middle finger (yeah, the bad one! ) ...
Are you sure it's not just a deep-seated subliminal desire to flip off the world?
post #12 of 15
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Are you sure it's not just a deep-seated subliminal desire to flip off the world?
Well, now that you mention it, it would feel pretty good sometimes!
post #13 of 15
My right eye twitches when I'm stressed. If I'm REALLY stressed, the skin between my upper eyelid and eyebrow will droop. Once it drooped so bad I couldn't open my eye all the way. It goes away when the stress does.
post #14 of 15
My fingers on my right hand twitch when I'm in pain with my elbow (I suffer with tennis elbow, and I don't even play it!) I think it's because of the nerves or something...May have to ask my doctor.

Even though it's my elbow that hurts the most, the pain will spread down to my fingers....strange!
post #15 of 15
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My fingers on my right hand twitch when I'm in pain with my elbow (I suffer with tennis elbow, and I don't even play it!) I think it's because of the nerves or something...May have to ask my doctor.

Even though it's my elbow that hurts the most, the pain will spread down to my fingers....strange!
I had tennis elbow from a work related injury. I also had a continuous muscle twitch...in my ring finger. It was really weird to watch my ring finger tapping the table when I rested my arm! The EMG confirmed the diagnosis, and physical therapy and ice helped relieve most of the acute pain, but I needed a sterioid injection in my elbow eventually.
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