Definition Muscle twitches are fine movements of a small area of muscle. Alternative Names Muscle fasciculation; Fasciculations of muscle Considerations Muscle twitching is caused by minor muscle contractions in the area, or uncontrollable twitching of a muscle group that is served by a single motor nerve fiber. Muscle twitches are minor and often go unnoticed. Some are common and normal. Others are signs of a nervous system disorder. Common Causes Diet deficiency Drug overdose (caffeine) Drug side effect (such as from diuretics, corticosteroids, or estrogens) Exercise Twitches not caused by disease or disorders (benign twitches)
Often affecting the eyelids, calf, or thumb Normal and quite common, often triggered by stress or anxiety Come and go, and do not last for more than a few days Nervous system conditions that can cause muscle twitching: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ( ALS - Lou Gehrig's disease) Damage to the nerve that leads to a muscle Muscular dystrophy Spinal muscular atrophy Weak muscles (m...
Even with all the advances in medical treatments today in the US, many Americans still suffer from vitamin deficiencies . Lack of sunshine, healthy whole foods and physical activities; adhering to stringent diets ; jumping from one program to the other, aka yo-yo dieting; and consuming large quantities of processed foods all play a role in this phenomena. Let's look at most common vitamin deficiencies being uncovered in medical research and the symptoms. Naturally, since I'm a big advocate of living healthfully through foods on your plate, I'll also list some wonderful food resources to remedy those deficiencies. Here are the 5 most cited in my web research:
Vitamin B12 Low vitamin B12 levels occur among 1 in 31 adults 51 years of age and older in the U.S.; and it is needed to make new red blood cells and help your nervous system work well. Symptoms include: tingling of hands and feet, changes in ability to walk, loss of vision, memory problems, seeing things that aren't the...
Anemia - iron deficiency
The cause of the iron deficiency must be found, especially in older patients who face the greatest risk for gastrointestinal cancers.
Iron supplements (ferrous sulfate) are available. For the best iron absorption, take these supplements with an empty stomach. However, many people cannot tolerate this and may need to take the supplements with food.
Patients who cannot tolerate iron by mouth can take it through a vein ( intravenous ) or by an injection into the muscle.
Milk and antacids may interfere with the absorption of iron and should not be taken at the same time as iron supplements. Vitamin C can increase absorption and is essential in the production of hemoglobin.
Pregnant and breastfeeding women will need to take extra iron because their normal diet usually will not provide the required amount.
The hematocrit should return to normal after 2 months of iron therapy. However, iron should be conti...
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