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Muscle Twitching at Night Woke Me Up HELP
« on: April 13, 2014, 05:12:06 AM »
For the second night in a row, the muscle twitching in my foot that moves my pinky toe has woken me up at night as well. I'm very scared. If it's happening in my sleep that means it's not just anxiety. I fear the worst. ALS. I don't know what to do my parents think I'm crazy. Does muscle twitching in my sleep that wakes me that also happens during the day time prove it's not just anxiety? I'm freaking out!
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Re: Muscle Twitching at Night Woke Me Up HELP
« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2014, 06:06:36 AM »
Stop fearing of ALS when it can't be that. Twitching with ALS doesn't stop, ever...when it starts it NEVER stops. You maybe have some injury...it can't be ALS!
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Re: Muscle Twitching at Night Woke Me Up HELP
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2014, 07:09:01 AM »
Muscle twitches (fasciculations) are one of the most common things anxiety sufferers experience. I also experienced a lot of muscle twitches for the past few months. You do not have ALS. In ALS the muscle twitches start after the muscle tissue has allready lost a significant amount of strength. If you do not experience strenght loss, you do not have ALS. Muscle twitches without a know cause are called Bening Fasciculation Syndrome. They generally tend to become worse when anxious. I also experienced this. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benign_fasciculation_syndrome
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Re: Muscle Twitching at Night Woke Me Up HELP
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2014, 07:21:10 AM »
If it wakes you in the night why can't it be anxiety?  Come on...you are smarter than that.  You are anxious even while you sleep...bet you dream about twitching.  It means absolutely nothing.
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Re: Muscle Twitching at Night Woke Me Up HELP
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2014, 08:11:47 AM »
Stop fearing of ALS when it can't be that. Twitching with ALS doesn't stop, ever...when it starts it NEVER stops. You maybe have some injury...it can't be ALS!

It hasn't really stopped. It stops for a few hours at a time but when I use my foot it gets worse and when I sleep it acts up also for whatever reason. It feels tight when I wake up also.
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Re: Muscle Twitching at Night Woke Me Up HELP
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2014, 09:33:51 AM »
It stops for a few hours

What didn't you understand when I said it NEVER stops...not even for a second...it is constant twitching because your muscle atrophied.
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Re: Muscle Twitching at Night Woke Me Up HELP
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2014, 11:04:14 AM »
When do you stop making post after post after post about ALS and trying to prove to us that you do have it, which you don't, and get treated for anxiety?  I've been there in that all consuming fear cycle and it's awful.  Why not get out??
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Re: Muscle Twitching at Night Woke Me Up HELP
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2014, 08:20:47 PM »
Anxiety CAN wake you up!  A few years ago I'd get this jerk where I'd jerk my head back and it would wake me up, I'd just about fall asleep and "JERK!" my head would go back, it would go on about 5 times a night, until I finally started taking Xanax to break the cycle.  It stopped.  Anxiety doesn't mean you are THINKING about it, it affects the entire central nervous system.  Why do you think people get TMJ?  They are clenching and grinding their teeth in their sleep.
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Re: Muscle Twitching at Night Woke Me Up HELP
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2014, 06:04:36 AM »
I do not believe fasciculations are caused by anxiety. I am still going back to my theory that during times of being athletic, then that is how they are brought on. A receptor during repeated daily physical activity loses its' sensor, and that is how they start. Once they start they don't stop, but kind of go through periods where some days they are more frequent than others. Anxiety happens after the fact.... for example, fasciculations are a fairly common consequence of being physically fit, but then the person starts to worry something is wrong, google symptoms about MS or ALS or other weird stuff, and that is not the case. So then they are constantly looking for and waiting for the fasciculations to happen. If you are still they are more numerous because your muscles are at rest. When you are active you do not feel them. If you are being still and waiting for them to happen, then they will happen and be more noticeable because you are just sitting there looking for them. Probably from cycling acetylcholine at rest and how they affect the sensors of the muscles, lactic acid, or some other hormone that is normal when you are at rest.. totally NORMAL. You should not worry. It's something you just have to learn to live with. It is annoying, yes, but is not harmful or pathological in any way, shape, or form. Just ACCEPT it. It's from heavy exercise, I am telling you, that's what creates them. You need to accept it so that you can move on. Good luck.
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Re: Muscle Twitching at Night Woke Me Up HELP
« Reply #9 on: April 14, 2014, 06:16:57 AM »
I do not believe fasciculations are caused by anxiety. I am still going back to my theory that during times of being athletic, then that is how they are brought on. A receptor during repeated daily physical activity loses its' sensor, and that is how they start. Once they start they don't stop, but kind of go through periods where some days they are more frequent than others. Anxiety happens after the fact.... for example, fasciculations are a fairly common consequence of being physically fit, but then the person starts to worry something is wrong, google symptoms about MS or ALS or other weird stuff, and that is not the case. So then they are constantly looking for and waiting for the fasciculations to happen. If you are still they are more numerous because your muscles are at rest. When you are active you do not feel them. If you are being still and waiting for them to happen, then they will happen and be more noticeable because you are just sitting there looking for them. Probably from cycling acetylcholine at rest and how they affect the sensors of the muscles, lactic acid, or some other hormone that is normal when you are at rest.. totally NORMAL. You should not worry. It's something you just have to learn to live with. It is annoying, yes, but is not harmful or pathological in any way, shape, or form. Just ACCEPT it. It's from heavy exercise, I am telling you, that's what creates them. You need to accept it so that you can move on. Good luck.

No one really knows what causes them.  With that said, hyperexciteability of the nervous system certainly makes them worse.  They increase with caffeine use, lack of sleep and stress.  We know these things as medical facts based upon years of numerous clinicial presentations.  Often in the case of benign fasiculation syndromes the vast majority of those individuals are anxious individuals.  This is more than hyperawareness.  Most individuals who have this syndrome were not active before the precipitating event...they were anxious before the precipitating event.  With that said, there are subsets of individuals who experienced these after much physical training or after an illness.  I believe there to be multiple causes but that anxiety at minimum makes them worse, and in many is the root cause.
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