Daily Health Tips: Muscle Spasms


And a big welcome to the month of March! How quickly the year is flying by 😀 Be sure you are doing something about those dreams every single day 😀
 
Q: Good morning Dr. I hope you are fine. You’re doing a great job, Dr. Please I need your advice. Sometimes, I feel a little part of a muscle in a part of my body moving without me moving them. Like a spasm. Sometimes, it’s a muscle in my wrist between my fingers or in my arm. Some other times, it’s the muscle just above my eyelid, before my brow. It only used to happen sometimes before; but most recently, it’s become frequent and it got me worried because I feel it’s not normal and I have no idea what it could be. Please I’ll really appreciate your advice Dr. Thank You.
 
A: Thanks for writing in and for your kind words.
 
I had the eyelid twitch a couple of weeks ago and can totally empathize. Eyelid spasm or eyelid twitching refer to different conditions. The twitch affects one eyelid at a time which can be the upper or lower eyelid. It can be bothersome or barely noticeable and usually disappear after a short time. In some instances though, they may recur.
 
A more uncommon and severe type of eye twitching, called blepharospasm, starts out with increase in blinking of both eyes and may progress to both eyelids being squeezed shut. The exact cause of this is not known.
 
Eyelid twitches can be caused by stress, fatigue, lack of sleep, use of alcohol, caffeine or smoking, bright lights, wind, irritation of the surface of the eye (cornea) or the inner surface of the eyelids (conjunctiva). Laying off the stimulants and avoiding triggers like wind and bright lights could help.
 
However, in your case, you do appear to have other muscle spasms going on. Generally, causes of muscle spasms include:
 
Thyroid problems which can cause involuntary spasms around the throat, arms, mouth and hands.
 
Nutritional deficiencies especially of vitamin C, E or potassium may lead to small spasms.
 
Stimulant use as noted above (caffeine, alcohol etc) for eye spasms may also lead to other muscle spasms.
 
Other causes include epilepsy, Lou Gehrig’s disease in which involuntary muscle spasms are accompanied by muscle wasting (muscle loss or decrease in muscle mass) etc
 
If you are on any of the stimulants mentioned, you may want to consider stopping to see if your symptoms disappear. If this does not help, please see your doctor for further evaluation.
 
Have a good evening, everyone 😀
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