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twitching of small muscle in elbow

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twitching of small muscle in elbow
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  dr.sehr replied 6 years ago.
hi,
welcome to justanswer,
Respected customer,

Tell me
since how long you have this problem?any other symptoms like tingling,sensation of pricking?

Edited by dr.sehr on 9/20/2010 at 8:08 PM EST
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
symptoms off and on for about a year
Expert:  dr.sehr replied 6 years ago.
Thanks for your input.Sorry to hear your problem.
Fasciculations,(twitching) as you probably already know, can be benign or pathological.
Benign ones - such as in people who are very active physically or work out a lot and occur without any other associated symptoms. Pathological ones usually occur in association with other neurological symptoms such as muscle fatigue, pain, weakness, etc.

If they occur as frequently as you described, they should have been picked up on EMG either spontaneously or after being elicited.
Well, it sounds like you have fasciculations- which are local involuntary muscle twitching. These can be caused by MANY different things:
Diet deficiency
Drug overdose (caffeine)
Drug side effect (such as from diuretics, corticosteroids, or estrogens)
Exercise
Benign twitches- - triggered by stress or anxiety
Heat exhaustion
Electrolyte abnormalities (calcium and potassium)
Nervous system conditions that can cause muscle twitching:
Damage to the nerve that leads to a muscle
Muscular dystrophy
Spinal muscular atrophy
Weak muscles (myopathy)

I would advise you complete evaluation by examination(physical),investigation,,,,,followed by disease specific treatment.
As your symptoms are there for about year,it need complete evaluation.

Regards
Best wishes
Dr.sehr




Edited by dr.sehr on 9/20/2010 at 8:21 PM EST
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