Twitching Calves

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    Apr 02, 2012 3:49 AM GMT
    I've always had fairly muscular calves; however, over the last year or so, i've noticed that they're constantly twitching. I mean, they're ALWAYS twitching. whether I'm sitting back and relaxing or doing intense cardio.

    I haven't gotten any solid answers from my PCP or any research i've done, so i wanted to hit the trusty 'ol RJ Forum...

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    Apr 02, 2012 3:51 AM GMT
    Has anybody experienced anything like this?
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    Apr 02, 2012 8:27 AM GMT
    Often after a wkout, a few hours or even the next day, the muscles in my shoulders twitch. Same in my biceps and quads not the whole lot just little areas. It goes away eventually but it can be annoying when your trying to sleep. I can actually watch it pulsate and twitch. No idea what it is but your not alone
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    Apr 02, 2012 8:52 AM GMT
    eat prunes or bananas during or after a workout - that sort of thing can be a potassium deficiency.
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    Apr 02, 2012 12:32 PM GMT
    If you're on some prescription drugs (e.g., statins) or nutritional supplements, you should check their composition because they may well be causing your muscle twitching. If left untreated, muscle twitching could become permanent and do significant damage to your body.
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    Apr 02, 2012 11:01 PM GMT

    All good suggestions.

    I don't think it has much to do with working out, as it literally happens all the time regardless of my activity level. I can see it MAYBE being a vitamin or electrolyte deficiency...?

    More gatorade and milk for me, i guess...
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    Apr 02, 2012 11:16 PM GMT
    GABA to decrease the nerve sensitivity? idk
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    Apr 02, 2012 11:25 PM GMT
    Haven't a clue but it might not hurt to have another doc look into it ... and/or get a referral to a nutritionist who might be able to identify some possible dietary causes.
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    Apr 02, 2012 11:36 PM GMT
    There are several causes of muscle twitching/spasms during exercise especially involving large muscle groups ie. legs and thighs. The most common cause is dehydration and electrolyte depletion. Our muscle requires tremendous amount of water, glucose, sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium to allow the the proteins within them to interact and develop and organized muscle contraction. Abnormal supply of these essential elements (those that I mentioned) can cause the muscle to be irritable and go into twitching or spasms.

    Other causes include Atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) as in Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD). Again, our muscles require adequate blood supply and nutrients....if blood flow is decreased, our muscles are deprived with the important elements to produce organized contractions. Usually people with PVD would have muscle cramps and pain with activity.

    There are a lot of causes of muscle twitching/cramps...I only mentioned the most common ones. I hope this help.
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    Apr 02, 2012 11:45 PM GMT
    Face it... your tissues are going necrotic. Your days are numbered, muahahahaah!!!


    Seriously, the advice above is good. And if it's happening ALL the time, for such a prolonged period, why haven't you seen a medical professional?
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    Apr 03, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
    I know someone (female) that has this and she doesn't work out at all -

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) or Willis-Ekbom disease is a neurological disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move one's body to stop uncomfortable or odd sensations.[1] It most commonly affects the legs, but can affect the arms, torso, and even phantom limbs.[2] Moving the affected body part modulates the sensations, providing temporary relief.

    RLS sensations can most closely be compared to an itching or tickling in the muscles, like "an itch you can't scratch" or an unpleasant "tickle that won't stop." The sensations typically begin or intensify during quiet wakefulness, such as when relaxing, reading, studying, or trying to sleep.[3] In addition, most individuals with RLS have limb jerking during sleep, which is an objective physiologic marker of the disorder and is associated with sleep disruption.[4] Some controversy surrounds the marketing of drug treatments for RLS. It is a "spectrum" disease with some people experiencing only a minor annoyance and others experiencing major disruption of sleep and significant impairments in quality of life.[5]


    IDK, maybe worth looking into....
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    Apr 03, 2012 1:10 AM GMT
    I'll take a shot in the dark and ask?
    Do you drink gallons of Gator-Aid a day or Red Bull like I do?

    When I OD on these drinks, my quads do the twitching, as well as, my pecs.
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    Apr 03, 2012 1:11 AM GMT
    Have your potassium levels checked! Calcium too.
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    Apr 03, 2012 1:40 AM GMT
    Gatorade or Powerade, eat prunes and bananas; and have sex.
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    Apr 03, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
    Sounds like cancer of the calves. A friend of a friend had it and the doctor gave him six weeks to live but he only made it four weeks.
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    Apr 03, 2012 2:04 AM GMT
    I used to get it in my legs and abs when I was stressed and not eating right.
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    Apr 03, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
    Do you drink a lot of caffeine?

    Take any supplements?

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    Apr 03, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
    monet saidSounds like cancer of the calves. A friend of a friend had it and the doctor gave him six weeks to live but he only made it four weeks.


    That's uplifting! I saw my doctor earlier and when he broke the news about my calf-cancer, he told me i only had 1-2 weeks...

    I guess good things DO happen to good people.



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    Apr 03, 2012 2:07 AM GMT


    On more serious note, I HAVE seen my PCP for this before and he pretty much shrugged it off.

    Given, i shouldn't necessarily take his nonchalant attitude as the final answer, if nothing else works, i'll see a specialist.

    For now, Gatorade and banana's it is!


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    Apr 03, 2012 2:10 AM GMT
    RealJocular said

    On more serious note, I HAVE seen my PCP for this before and he pretty much shrugged it off.

    Given, i shouldn't necessarily take his nonchalant attitude as the final answer, if nothing else works, i'll see a specialist.

    For now, Gatorade and banana's it is!


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    Apr 03, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    RealJocular said

    On more serious note, I HAVE seen my PCP for this before and he pretty much shrugged it off.

    Given, i shouldn't necessarily take his nonchalant attitude as the final answer, if nothing else works, i'll see a specialist.

    For now, Gatorade and banana's it is!





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    Apr 03, 2012 2:12 AM GMT
    yeho_Qshua said
    RealJocular said

    On more serious note, I HAVE seen my PCP for this before and he pretty much shrugged it off.

    Given, i shouldn't necessarily take his nonchalant attitude as the final answer, if nothing else works, i'll see a specialist.

    For now, Gatorade and banana's it is!


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    Apr 03, 2012 2:13 AM GMT





    Drink more

    Stretch more
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    Apr 03, 2012 2:17 AM GMT
    MAGNESIUM.
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    Apr 03, 2012 2:18 AM GMT
    westanimas saidMAGNESIUM.


    That's new!

    What food can i eat more of to increase magnesium intake?