What You Need to Know About Muscle Twitching

What You Need to Know About Muscle Twitching:

The following are some things you need to know about muscle twitching.


When Should I Worry?

You should not worry if your muscles twitch occasionally during sleep or other times. It is normal and it does not mean anything wrong with them. However, if they start twitching frequently then you might have a problem.


What Causes Muscle Twitching?

Muscle twitches occur due to various reasons. Some of these include:

An imbalance between the amount of contractile proteins (myosin, actin and myosin heavy chain) present in different parts of the muscle fibers. An abnormal change in the electrical activity within the cells.

A chemical called Substance P which may cause muscle contraction or relaxation.


How Do You Stop Muscle Twitching?

There are several ways to stop muscle twitching. These methods include:

Medications – There are medications available that can control muscle twitching. They work best when taken regularly for long periods of time.

If you do not take any medication, your muscles will continue to twitch even after sleeping or rest. Antihistamines – Antihistamine drugs such as Benadryl may relieve symptoms caused by muscle twitches. These drugs need to be taken daily for one or two weeks before you see an improvement in your condition. Beta-blockers – These help in improving heart conditions, but they also reduce the frequency of muscle twitches.


What are the Long-term Effects of Muscle Twitching?

Muscle twitches rarely have any long-term effects on the body. However, if you have a muscle twitch in your eye that continues for a long time then it may impair your vision.


Can Muscle Twitching be Prevented?

If you rest an injured muscle often and take adequate nutrition then the chances of muscle twitching can be reduced.

Muscle twitches rarely cause any permanent damage to the body, but they can be very annoying and uncomfortable at times. If you have frequent muscle twitches then you should seek medical advice as soon as possible.

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