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What causes muscle twitching?

Hi, I am a 54 year old female. Recently while in bed my legs have started to twitch/jerk and my hands are having trouble with fine motor skills. When I try to turn book pages or pick up something small, my fingers will shake and keep trying to pick at the page but nothing happens. I have Parkinson s in my family history. Thank you.
Tue, 28 Apr 2015
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Hi,
Thanks for your query.
It seems that you have muscle twitches or fasciculations. These are small, local, involuntary muscle contraction and relaxation visible under the skin arising from the spontaneous discharge of a bundle of skeletal muscle fibers.
You might consult your doctor who can order
1. a few blood tests including thyroid function tests,
2. Serum electrolytes including Serum calcium and potassium levels.
3. Serum B12 levels

In case the above tests are normal further testing can be done including - nerveconduction studies, Electromyography, etc. These tests might help to diagnose any underlying neurological issues.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care
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What causes muscle twitching?

Hi, Thanks for your query. It seems that you have muscle twitches or fasciculations. These are small, local, involuntary muscle contraction and relaxation visible under the skin arising from the spontaneous discharge of a bundle of skeletal muscle fibers. You might consult your doctor who can order 1. a few blood tests including thyroid function tests, 2. Serum electrolytes including Serum calcium and potassium levels. 3. Serum B12 levels In case the above tests are normal further testing can be done including - nerveconduction studies, Electromyography, etc. These tests might help to diagnose any underlying neurological issues. I do hope that you have found something helpful and I will be glad to answer any further query. Take care