What other symptoms might occur with a muscle twitch?

Muscle twitches may accompany other symptoms, which will vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. While muscle twitches may be accompanied by other symptoms, muscle twitches are usually isolated events that will not be associated with other symptoms.

Common symptoms that may occur along with muscle twitches

Muscle twitches may accompany other symptoms affecting the muscles including:

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, muscle twitches may be a symptom of a serious or life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have persistent muscle twitches accompanied by any of these life-threatening symptoms:

  • Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Garbled or slurred speech or inability to speak
  • High fever (higher than 101 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Paralysis or inability to move a body part
  • Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body
INTRODUCTION

What is a muscle twitch?

Muscle twitches, also known as fasciculations, are involuntary muscle contractions that are minimal in force and localized to one area. Muscle twitches occur in small muscle groups that are connected to a single motor nerve fiber. This differentiates muscle twitches from muscle cramps, which generally affect multiple muscle groups in a given area (for instance, many muscles in the calf) at... Read more about muscle twitchintroduction

CAUSES

What causesa muscle twitch?

Muscle twitches are caused by involuntary muscle contractions due to the firing of single motor nerves. Although muscle twitches are generally naturally occurring events, they can sometimes be due to underlying conditions, lifestyle habits, or medications.... Read more about muscle twitchcauses

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