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Painless muscle twitch - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Left Forearm, just below elbow, has random muscle twitches every few minutes. Left upper eyelid has also begun to do the same, but less frequently. Why?                                                       
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   let me read
Doctor :   this is from when ?
User :   Last 3 days
Doctor :   did you take any medications in the last 3 days or previously
User :   No, but I do smoke and have consumed more alcohol than usual for the last few weeks. (Hockey Playoffs :)
Doctor :   did you do physical exertion which predominately involved the left half of the body ?
User :   No
Doctor :   most of the time it is benign fasciculation syndrome
Doctor :   for which there is no specific cause and it goes off by itself in time
Doctor :   and the other causes is the fatigue which is followed by an exertion
User :   WOuld lack of sleep be a possiblw cause as well?
Doctor :   yes it can also be a cause
User :   Is there a specific duration of symptoms that should cause concern?
Doctor :   it is not the duration but the progression of the symptom along with appearance of the other symptom
Doctor :   like
Doctor :   if the twitching which is harmless now if progress to weakness of the limb, if it becomes a generalized
Doctor :   than it is a matter of concern
Doctor :   along with the appearance of skin sensation loss or numbness and tingling sensation which is progressively increasing
User :   CUrrently twitching is visible, but painless
Doctor :   twitching means visible muscle contractions under the skin
Doctor :   it is also called fasciculations
Doctor :   consume more of water
Doctor :   ans also vitamin b complex pills
Doctor :   and mineral supplements which contain potassium and magnesium in the form of fruits like banana, tender coconut
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