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Major twitch

Postby KERRI on July 14th, 2003, 5:29 am

I was up all night with a major twitch in my thumb, it twitched on and off for and hour and today both thumbs have a buzzing sensation in them. I felt like I was twitching everywhere last night.

I hate this and I cannot believe that it is benign.


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Postby Pole on July 14th, 2003, 6:21 am

I am sure that in your case it really is benign :)
I mean twiching, because your fear and needless stress is not benign - you may have a real psychological problem.

BTW: I know that I also have a psychological problem - I'm still thinking about all this stuff and can't quit. And I know it's very difficult to release from this fear.

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I hate this

Postby KERRI on July 14th, 2003, 6:42 am

Pole wrote:I am sure that in your case it really is benign :)
I mean twiching, because your fear and needless stress is not benign - you may have a real psychological problem.

BTW: I know that I also have a psychological problem - I'm still thinking about all this stuff and can't quit. And I know it's very difficult to release from this fear.

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It is so hard to escape the fear it is like a black cloud that follows me around. I felt so wound up yesterday like I was twitching all over for the first time in months I could not sleep through the night.

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Postby Jenn311 on July 14th, 2003, 7:24 am

Kerri,

I honestly believe that my twitches are controlled by the level of stress in my life. The more I stress, the more I twitch. I think you and I are in the same boat. I mean if you think about it, we all have that fight or flight thing going on in our bodies at the time of stress. That means that we are releasing a lot of chemicals at which other times our bodies don't need. So perhaps the extra adrenaline in our systems seeps into our muscles, ready for fighting or flighting...only it's actually unnecessary in our case, as need necessitates neither one. So I think it gets built up there...and turns into muscle twitching.

I found an article from NIHM that lists twitching as a side-effect of GAD (Gen. Anxiety Disorder). Do you have a heart valve problem? Many people that suffer from problems with their vavles in the heart (ie leaky vavles) for some odd reason also have this problem with anxiety. It is not a well understood phonomena, but I think it has to do with adreniline released from the heart because of the same defect. Well, it might give you something to think about.

But remeber Kerri when you wrote and said you had almost completely stopped twitching and I said...Don't get too excited, this stuff comes back? 'Member? Well, I think it only means that you can be even more sure of a benign prognosis in that case. As if four clean EMGs wouldn't convince you!

Well, that is all I have to say. I am probably not making much sense becuase I we up really late trying to read the new Harry Potter book and now I am up early to sneak in some reading time while the kids snooze as well...he he he! Anyway kerri....love ya, feel your pain, you are fine....we all know that, now you need to convince yourself.

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Postby KERRI on July 14th, 2003, 7:41 am

Jenn311 wrote:Kerri,

I honestly believe that my twitches are controlled by the level of stress in my life. The more I stress, the more I twitch. I think you and I are in the same boat. I mean if you think about it, we all have that fight or flight thing going on in our bodies at the time of stress. That means that we are releasing a lot of chemicals at which other times our bodies don't need. So perhaps the extra adrenaline in our systems seeps into our muscles, ready for fighting or flighting...only it's actually unnecessary in our case, as need necessitates neither one. So I think it gets built up there...and turns into muscle twitching.

I found an article from NIHM that lists twitching as a side-effect of GAD (Gen. Anxiety Disorder). Do you have a heart valve problem? Many people that suffer from problems with their vavles in the heart (ie leaky vavles) for some odd reason also have this problem with anxiety. It is not a well understood phonomena, but I think it has to do with adreniline released from the heart because of the same defect. Well, it might give you something to think about.

But remeber Kerri when you wrote and said you had almost completely stopped twitching and I said...Don't get too excited, this stuff comes back? 'Member? Well, I think it only means that you can be even more sure of a benign prognosis in that case. As if four clean EMGs wouldn't convince you!

Well, that is all I have to say. I am probably not making much sense becuase I we up really late trying to read the new Harry Potter book and now I am up early to sneak in some reading time while the kids snooze as well...he he he! Anyway kerri....love ya, feel your pain, you are fine....we all know that, now you need to convince yourself.

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You may be correct about adrenaline, my doctor was thinking along those lines and put me on inderall.

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Postby g1 on July 15th, 2003, 3:22 pm

I found that reducing caffine and stress is the ticket. By the way if you had PD or something like that the twitching would start asymetrically (one hand/set of fingers) then later on progress outwards, and I mean later many months etc...) The fact that you have both hands going at once that means that your brain is built well and the body is having a stress reaction in both areas. My left hand twitches so bad that my thumb and index fingers actually move. My right hand just twitches a little.

I find that going to a psychologist and having them do trama hand/eye therapy-programming, hypnosis or any other method for lowering stress/trama is the ticket. If I hand't seen a psych months ago about an intention tremor I noticed in both of my thumbs and had treatment then I don't think I would have reduced my stress levels so much after finding this site and realizing that my muscle twitching was just plain old stress.
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Postby Davidd on July 28th, 2003, 7:59 pm

Kerri-

One other thing I'd like to say is that when you are up all night (for any reason) and experience twitches, they do seem to be a lot worse. In fact, whenever I am tired in general the twitches seem to be a lot more worse/noticable. When I first got these twitches a year ago I was an insomniac for a couple months. After seeing a number of doctors and a sleep specialist I noticed that I seemed to be able to handle the twitching a lot better after a decent nights sleep.

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More twitching with lack of eating or fatigued

Postby g1 on November 16th, 2003, 1:02 am

Yes, I find that if I am fatigued or have skipped several meals that the twitching is worse. It also seems that your stress levels go up as well. I have many weeks with little twitching then I might have a period of daily twitching. Usually brought on by lack of sleep, no eating, stress or heavy physical activity, and I mean heavy as I work out about 4 days a week and am used to moderate to heavy workouts - no loss of stregth here. It seems that if I have days at a time where I don't think about it the twitching just stops. I am 5 months into the twitching and 1 year into the essential tremor in my thumbs. It seems now that the essential tremor which started with reading and the TV remote has gotten better and only acts up when I have a huge adreniline rush from the sport I participate in. This board, several others, my doctor and psych got me to a point to accept that I have BFS/Anxiety and that I am not going to contract some crazy disease.
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More twitching with lack of eating or fatigued

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