Symptoms Associated with Muscle Twitching and Weakness

Muscle twitching is often associated with the following symptoms:

  • tingling
  • feeling as if your muscles are "electric"
  • sudden, uncontrollable movements
  • sleep disorders, like restless leg syndrome

Muscle weakness is often associated with the following symptoms:

  • fatigue
  • numbness in certain muscle groups
  • inability to lift or support your arms or legs
  • inability to perform physical tasks using specific muscle groups

Muscle Twitching, Muscle Weakness, and Fibromyalgia

Muscle twitching and weakness are common symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome. In fact, more than half of fibromyalgia sufferers seem to experience at least one of the two symptoms.

Muscle twitching in fibromyalgia seems to be related to the location of specific tender points throughout the body. These tender points tend to irritate nerves in the body, which may cause muscles to twitch involuntarily.

Muscle twitching may also be related to the high incidence of sleep related disorders in fibromyalgia, including bruxism and restless leg syndrome. Though the cause of these disorders remains unknown, they do cause involuntary and compulsive muscle twitches.

Muscle weakness is also a major problem for fibromyalgia sufferers. Some researchers theorize that this is due to the fact that many fibromyalgia patients do not perform enough physical exercise to maintain their muscle strength, due to muscle pain and overall fatigue levels.

However, recent studies have linked fibromyalgia-related muscle weakness to a dietary insufficiency.

In particular, those with muscle weakness appeared to have low levels of Vitamin D in their system. When treated for four to six weeks with Vitamin D supplements, symptoms of muscle weakness improved and even disappeared.

Treating Muscle Twitching and Muscle Weakness

Involuntary muscle twitching can be treated at home, with a routine of stretching and exercise. By gently stretching out and massaging the affected muscle, you should be able to reduce the severity of the twitching.

Some sufferers find that walking or using the affected muscle also helps to stop the twitching. If your twitching is interfering with your sleep patterns, talk with your health care provider about anti-spasmodic medications.

Medications like Sinequin and Klonopin can help to stop muscle twitches and spasms.

Muscle weakness is a bit trickier to treat. It is necessary that you see your health care provider, in order to diagnose the source of the weakness. If the muscle weakness is caused by a dietary insufficiency, nutritional supplements may be the best treatment option for you. You may also try to slowly build up your muscles with specific exercise tailored by physiotherapist.

Find out more information about  frozen shoulder, another common fibromyalgia condition. 

Table of Contents
1. Muscle Twitching
2. Tingling, numb muscles
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