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Topic: Physical anxiety symptoms - muscle twitches, cramps, weakness

  1. Marto9014
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    11 posts
    29 May 2020
    Hi all
    My physical symptoms have been going on for about 3 weeks. They include the following:
    - pins and needles/numb patches in legs
    - sore muscles in my right leg
    - waking up with pins and needles in my right thigh
    - burning feeling in legs
    No day is the same, and its never on a specific spot. I had a serious health scare a few months back and am thinking it may be residual effects of the stress that put me under.
    I am getting an MRI done next week, my GP seems to think these are all stress/anxiety related but I'm absolutely petrified that is MS. Thats the problem with looking up Dr Google I guess. Will be a long wait, was hoping to get something done sooner but obviously services are very busy post covid.
    Although these feelings are terrible, this thread has provided much comfort knowing that people are feeling similar symptoms.
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  2. jemma09
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    75 posts
    29 May 2020

    Hi everyone, hope everyone is safe and doing ok. :)

    It can be worrying when physical symptoms pop up. Some of the physical symptoms that relate to my muscles can be inclusive of:

    - random twitches in my body

    - cramps (mainly in my legs/hips)

    - muscle 'knots' which can present as stiffness, localised pain and burning sensations.

    Regular massages, heat, menthol rub, stretches/yoga, keeping active, and resting when needed are some things that help for me personally. I've been to a doctor who referred me to my therapist after doing tests and getting the 'okay'. My therapist and I discuss physical manifestations of anxiety. It really helps me understand my body better.

    However, I suggest you all speak to your personal doctor or therapist to find the best management plan for your symptoms.

    I wish all of you the best! :)

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  3. maccaz
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    23 June 2020 in reply to jemma09

    how are you all going?

    Just remembered to check back in here, I still have the same old twitching etc, more when im stressed, pretty confident it's just anxiety and doctors continually reassure me that is the case, despite not wanting to refer me to a neuro (which is the next thing i'm anxious about), as i feel the neuro will ease my mind, but then i'll probably find something else to be anxious about, as have done that with various other fictional ailments doctor google has diagnosed me with

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  4. SantaClausIsReal
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    27 August 2020
    Hi folks,

    I've been suffering from pretty bad anxiety for a month or two now and a week ago I started getting this strange twitch where my legs feel like they are vibrating. I believe the term is internal tremors. Anyway, I found some relief with the following two methods:
    1) focus on relaxing your legs. Yes it sounds silly but if I really relax yourself in bed and just focus on one part at a time I can actually stop the twitch, even just for a few minutes.
    2) by moving my feet back and forth pretty aggressively for a few seconds the twitches all stop for a short period.

    I hope this is useful to someone else suffering from twitching and tremors.
  5. TwitchMan
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    2 posts
    10 September 2020

    Hi All,

    Just checking in. It's been some time since my last post and although I do still suffer the odd twitch here and there I have to say the majority of symptoms (twitching/spasms/pins and needles) myself and my wife were having at the start of this year have all but nearly gone.

    I have always suffered with anxiety but never had any real physical symptoms until late last year. My wife isn’t an anxious person but also started to have symptoms just before me.

    I had started to look for anything different in our lives around that time for the very sudden onset of twitches and one thing stood out: I had excessively used a product on our sofa containing a vastly used product chemical preservative: methylisothiazolinone (MI). Also named allergen of the year 2013. There are also 2 other closely related preservatives: methylchloroisothiazolinone and benzisothiazolinone.

    This is present in many cosmetic, cleaning and washing products we all use daily that comes into contact with our skin. To my surprise, one of the symptoms of this chemical preservative is the onset of twitches because of the body’s inflammatory response that this chemical preservative induces.

    I also found that general stress and anxiety increase your adrenaline production, and this in turn further increases the bodies inflammatory response putting your central nervous system into overdrive… causing twitches/spasms/pins and needles etc.

    Earlier this year, we as a family removed any products from our home that both contain and come into contact with this chemical preservative. It was after this mass removal from our home that we have both seen a decrease in symptoms over a few months to the point where they are few and far between, in fact my wife even less so. This is no coincidence.

    I cannot say this is the reason for everyone's issue here, but it may help a handful of people, even some who haven't posted here. A quick search for this chemical preservative will give you an insight into it and how manufacturers are continually removing it from their products and swapping for other preservatives. Take a look at your house-hold products and check for it.

    I have reported this ingredient and spoken at length to many leading neurologists who have both checked to confirm my findings.

    I wish you all well and I hope like me and my wife, you can find your path to managing your situation, whatever the reason/cause.

    Much love

    Rich x

  6. Raisin
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    1 posts
    21 September 2020

    I am posting because I am recovering from my twitches and wanted to share what worked for me.

    Twitches started in the bottom eyelid of my left eye 6 weeks ago. On some days, I would get strings of twitches for 6 hours non-stop. I was worried that I had hemifacial spasms after looking at google. About 2 weeks in, I noticed an ingrown eyelash poking in my left eye and pulled it out. I thought that was the cause. The twitch got a bit better but didn't go away. Another week later, I started to get involuntary twitches/jerks in all parts of my body (left and right) - head, shoulder, elbow, foot, fingers, mouth. They would be one off pulses, but strong enough to move my body part and I would feel them especially at night, lying in bed. Sometimes, I would get a buzzing sensation on certain spots on my face. It got to a point where I didn't want to go to bed because when I lay there, I felt everything and it was hard to sleep when your body parts move without your permission. I started getting worried that I had a brain tumor or MND. These things worked for me:

    1. Find out from your doctor if you have vitamin deficiencies, and follow their advice. People say supplements take weeks/months to work but for me, the effect was pretty immediate, and when I skipped taking it for a day or two, I really noticed the difference in twitching.

    2. Keep a diary of the twitches (incl severity) and what you were doing at the time. It might help with diagnosis.

    3. Go see a doctor to get tests and get them to refer you to a specialist. The neurologist got me to do an MRI, blood tests, EEG, EMG. I haven't got all the results back yet but the MRI came back with no tumor. As soon as I knew that, a huge weight was lifted and it made me see my twitches as a nuisance, rather than a threat.

    4. Exercise - I took walks for an hour everyday. When you are moving and have the wind in your face, you don't feel things as much.

    5. Some days would be better and you start getting your hopes up, only to have them dashed when they are followed by bad days. This will happen. Just try to ignore the twitches. Dwelling too much makes it worse.

    6. Having a faith really helps. I am Christian and I prayed a lot. Knowing that God was with me no matter what happened to me made the fear bearable. I had all my friends praying for me and supporting me as well. And the worst thing that can happen is I go to heaven.

    I've had almost no eye twitches for 1.5 weeks and only minor body twitches at night now. Be patient and stay positive.


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  7. maccaz
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    25 posts
    29 September 2020 in reply to Raisin

    thanks for that, have to agree, i had an emg and ncs last week after obsessing over this for months. both came back fine and nothing sinister (apart from some nerve damage in a leg from an old back injury)

    symptoms have improved greatly since I got those results back - go figure!!!

    Raisin - really odd one, but any advice on how to go about starting to look into faith etc, as someone who has never been to church of any kind?

  8. Rubybleu
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    42 posts
    30 September 2020

    Hi everyone! I’ve been off her for quite a while so I’m sorry I didn’t get back to a lot of you.

    its been 18mths since this post and all twitches and weakness has gone, except for eyelid twitches which come and go but probably due to stress and sleep issues.

    Anxiety and depression are still hanging around but am slowly gaining control.

    Keep on trying everyone! You will get better and please look after yourself :)

  9. Annie1974
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    12 posts
    6 December 2020
    Read through this post from start to finish and im so glad im not the only one that gets so anxious i think i have a serious neurological problem when my anxiety hits a high. I have an issue with google symptoms which i know isnt great been to dr so many times had so many tests and other then going through menopause there is nothing wrong been found with me. My muscles started twitching randomly and i feel like i have no strength but everything works normally. Started in anti anxiety meds just this week, im hopeing they start working soon.
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  10. Annie1974
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    12 posts
    6 December 2020
    Read through this post from start to finish and im so glad im not the only one that gets so anxious i think i have a serious neurological problem when my anxiety hits a high. I have an issue with google symptoms which i know isnt great been to dr so many times had so many tests and other then going through menopause there is nothing wrong been found with me. My muscles started twitching randomly and i feel like i have no strength but everything works normally. Started in anti anxiety meds just this week%2c im hopeing they start working soon.
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  11. Rach93
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    41 posts
    30 December 2020
    Hi, can someone please reply if you feel like your always getting goosebump feeling randomly? Like a tingling? also one spot of my leg has a burning feeling on and off most of the day .. has anyone else experienced this? Not sure if it’s from my medication I’ve started or not but I’ve felt it in my foot before.
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  12. Azza56
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    11 posts
    2 January 2021 in reply to Rach93
    Yes I get what you mean by the tingles. It’s the type of goosebumps you get when you get the shivers and it’s a very strong feeling. I get it typically on the back of my head. And I do get many burning sensations on my face arms chest and stomach I’m sure it’s something that would show up on the legs too.
  13. twitchinglikenotmr
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    1 posts
    11 January 2021
    Hi, I realise this thread is almost 2 years old now but I'm glad to have found it now than to never have. I'm 18, just graduating high school and reeling from my final exams. Around 3 weeks after my exams ended, I began to experience muscle twitching all over my body. I've seen my GP about this, and he told me to just monitor the symptoms for now, get more sleep, increase my sodium intake, and drink more water. I've also consulted my father, who is medically trained (he was a surgeon turned acupuncturalist) and he said that I'm too sedentary since I graduated, and this is the cause. However, it has now been nearly 2 months and the symptoms have gotten worse. Now I'm experiencing tightness in my leg above my kneecap, unexplained muscle pains in my leg, and a crawling feeling on my arms and legs, in addition to the twitching. Like many of you, I'm scared to hell that it might be MND, or MS or something of the sort despite my age. I can't see my GP because my dad doesn't believe I have any sort of medical issue but I need some sort of closure. Any advice or words of reassurance would be much appreciated. Thanks.
  14. Rach93
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    41 posts
    13 January 2021 in reply to Azza56

    Hi Azza56

    Thanks for your reply!
    I’m still getting goosebumps all over and sometimes only on my right side! I would explain it as tingling/goosebumps it’s so weird ! & sometimes I actually see the goosebumps. I get muscle twitches all over my body & sharp pains in different part of my body & this happens on and off nearly everyday! I am so convinced I have MS.. drs won’t refer me to neurologist until they have built a case up because otherwise a neurologist won’t see me? I’ve read lots of others posts and they have been able to get into see a neurologist so easily I wish that was the case for me as it’s causing me to feel really depressed and anxious.. wish I knew what was going on with my body.. everytime I google it points to MS .. so I 100% think I have it :(

  15. Rach93
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    41 posts
    13 January 2021 in reply to Marto9014

    Hi Marto9014

    i can relate with you and how you are feeling - I am extremely scared that I have MS but my dr won’t send me for a MRI as I will have to pay thousands out of pocket to get one :( she said she has to build a case to send it to a neurologist to get my checked out.. it really doesn’t help :( how did your MRI go? & did you have to pay out of pocket for one? You don’t have to answer if you don’t want too.. i experience burning sensation in one spot of my leg on & off and also in my foot on & off, muscle twitches all over my body.. & goosebump / tingling feeling all over body or only on the right side most of the time I also feel like I sway while I am standing. And when I google all of these point to MS .. it’s a horrible thing to go through :(

  16. Rach93
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    41 posts
    13 January 2021 in reply to twitchinglikenotmr


    I am feeling the same as you but I get goosebump/tingling feeling & muscle twitches everywhere burning sensation in my leg sometimes & foot! This too makes me think I have MS & I am very scared.. my dr won’t refer me to neurologist until we have a strong case otherwise apprently they won’t choose to see me quick enough? It really sucks as it plays on my mind everyday & makes everything worse. I hope you find your answer - let us know how you go. Just stay off google! I know it’s hard but it only makes it worse

  17. Rach93
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    41 posts
    13 January 2021 in reply to Rubybleu

    Hi rubybleu

    did you ever find out what exactly it was and how long did it take to go away? I am experiencing muscle twitches, and my eye twitches like crazy, I feel like my legs jerk a little.. and I feel goosebumps/tingling on and off . It’s such an odd think to experience especially when it comes out of nowhere. Glad to know that it has stopped for you.

  18. GeorgeOG
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    1 posts
    9 May 2021 in reply to Rach93

    Hi all

    Reading these posts have somewhat put my mind at ease. I've been suffering from theses symptoms for roughly 4 months now. These include chest tightness on my left side. Followed by weakness in arm, leg and even up to my jaw. Random pains also on my left. Dizziness, lightheadedness and generally felling under the weather. Head pressure and sleep problems including insomnia and fatigue.

    All these factors have got me convinced I had either MS or MND. Been to the hospital 4 separate occasions just to tell me all is clear. Had 4 ECGs, countless blood tests, haltor monitor and MRI. All clear of any issues. In fact the drs have said I'm quiet healthy, go figure.

    I'm really hoping it's anixety or stress as then I can work on it. If its MS or MND I fear that it can't be fixed, especially MND.

    Have an appointment with a psychologist soon hopefully they can shed a light on my issues.

    This forum has really helped me, in the sense others have felt the way I have. And although it doesn't fix my issues straight away, It helps in the sense other feel the way I am

    Once hearing of MND many years ago I've lived in fear of getting it. After such a stressful last 12months or so, I think anxiety and stress have got the best of me.

    Normally highly strung, I'm not totally surprised it's manifested in this way. However it was out of the blue. I've had countless days of work, as I couldn't work as i was.

    Once I learn more, I'll repost and let you know. I hope you all find the same solution's and answers I hopefully do!

    Thank you all for your posts, it's brave of you all to share your experiences

  19. mocha delight
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    529 posts
    10 May 2021 in reply to Rubybleu
    Hi rubyblue I get lip twitches but I’m not sure if it’s from my antidepressants or not but my gp thinks it could be possibly from upping them to a stronger one so we are working on why it’s happening.
  20. Wubbit
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    2 posts
    2 August 2021
    I know this thread is quite old but just wondering if anyone is still checking in. I am having many of the symptoms you have all been talking about and would really like to chat with some of you about this and I am terribly anxious right now.
  21. isabelle21
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    13 posts
    22 August 2021
    Gosh, reading all these posts make me feel so much less alone. I have struggled with weakness/jelly/stiff legs for about a year now that is on and off. Petrified of it potentially being MS. I am doing some hypnosis and it's reducing the intensity of the fear of it but I still find it so so distressing... :(
  22. EC123
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    27 posts
    23 August 2021
    I know this post was from a couple of years ago but honestly I resonate with a lot of what people are saying on here. I am getting really weak and twitchy arms and legs and it is sending me into a spiral. Last night I couldn’t sleep until 3 am bc I felt weak and restless all over. Of course I began to google google google and then stumbled across this thread. My health anxiety has absolutely spiralled this lockdown (as I’ve had other health issues/scares as we'll) and now this just to add to it. I am so tired but cannot relax, I’m so tense and anxious, I can barely eat or focus on anything and this muscle weakness/spasming is just making it so much worse. I’m wondering weather I should try magnesium supplements as I have a read a few people have said it has helped. But honestly I just need people to talk to about this, desperate!
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  23. Amyc
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    8 October 2021
    God I can relate to all of this. I developed health related anxiety a week after I got my vaccination. I've always had anxiety, but never panic disorder. I was sitting at my desk at work, started feeling a throb in my arm, tingles all over, dizzy, felt like doomsday, called an ambulance went to hospital all clear. Went to the doc, had every test under the sun, was diagnosed with panic disorder. I had another attack today because of the muscle twitching, convincing myself I'm having a blood clot (very rare side effect of vacc). Had multiple days off work, thank god my manager is supportive. Going to the doc next week to see a psych to talk through it. I feel I have been pretty strong living through these lockdowns especially in melbourne, but I guess the mental pressure of taking a vaccination I'm skeptical about (I have every other vaccination I'm required to) got to me. I've been to the hospital twice, and they've told me both times im relatively healthy. I have no motivation to exercise atm as im constantly tired and mentally drained whenever I have an attack so I usually nap. Im giving myself a break atm, so when Melbourne is out of lockdown I will head back to fitness.
  24. Amyc
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    8 October 2021 in reply to EC123
    Definitely go to a doctor and see if you can go on a mental health plan. I have been on medication for depression in the past, so I was quick to jump on anti anxiety medication as I wanted this sorted ASAP. Each week and a half I slowly increase dosages to get used to it. I just joined a website called moodgym aswell which is free which helps with cognitive behaviour therapy. I haven't started yet but I believe it gets down to why your brain is making you think you have pain/how to better tolerate it
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  25. EC123
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    27 posts
    15 October 2021 in reply to Amyc

    Hi Amyc,

    Thank you for replying! I have to renew my mental health plan and am currently seeing a psychologist (over the phone bc of Covid). After speaking to her I generally feel good but when I get into a panic practising techniques become so difficult. I’ve considered medication but have been scared of side effects or feeling even worse. How did your experiences go with meds?

    Thank you for your recommendations! Xx

  26. bluemoonbluesky
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    14 posts
    19 October 2021
    Just to let you all know I suffered from twitches non-stop for a few weeks in a couple of periods last year. And I mean non-stop, in my arms, legs, torso, back, everywhere. If you're concerned, get them on video and show a medical practitioner as I did. Mine eventually went away. They tapered off slowly and then just stopped. They are annoying and very disconcerting, but usually they are benign and not threatening at all. I still get one or two occasionally, especially in my legs, but they are definitely linked with heightened periods of anxiety.
  27. Guest_2496
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    20 October 2021 in reply to bluemoonbluesky
    Cramps are driving me crazy grrr.

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