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What causes twitching sensation in the left shoulder and chest?

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi

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Posted on Fri, 3 Mar 2017 in Brain and Spine
Question: Hi

I got twitching in my left shoulder and chest. Recently doctor has diagnosed me with shoulder inflamation. Could this be causing my muscle twitching? Or could it be heart related?
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Answered by Dr. Dariush Saghafi 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Unlikely to be cardiac or from shoulder inflammation

Detailed Answer:
Thank you for your question.

Shoulder "inflammation" is not a terribly specific description for anything that I can point at as a potential cause for "twitching." I assume you mean MUSCLE twitching of the shoulder as opposed to limb JERKING.

However, in any event neither shoulder inflammation nor heart issues of any sort (and especially at the age of 29) could adequately or easily explain shoulder or chest muscle twitching. These types of spontaneous events can happen under normal circumstances or in people who are tired, fatigued, stressed, or anxious.

Most of the time such episodes are very brief and spontaneously resolve as they came on but if not your doctor could consider doing some lab work to check on things such as thyroid gland function as well as checking inflammatory markers, ESR and CRP to see whether there could be some isolated or occult process going on in the body to explain your symptoms.

In the mean time I would suggest getting plenty of sleep and rest, staying away from caffeinated foods and beverages, reducing alcohol intake, and hydrating with plenty of water.

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