When the same question come up again and again and no amount of research can bring you a solid answer, it’s time to Ask Coach Lance! Stop trying to figure everything out on your own. Bring us your trickiest questions and let this walking encyclopedia and research guru shed some light on the topic.
This week we are going to learn more about what makes you “twitch”. Have you experienced a bizarre twitching seemingly out of the blue? What could it be? Let’s find out more about that.
Our BOOMer asks:
“What does it mean when your muscles twitch? - and the same muscles for a few days straight?"
Awesome question, and I’m sure many of us are eager to hear the answer. Take it away Coach Lance!
Thanks for the question! With these types of questions I always like to start by saying that I am, obviously, not a MD and that especially if these symptoms are chronic (occurring regularly) and painful please consult a physician. There are some potential causes that can be serious (a very small percentage of cases end up being so) and require treatment. With that out of the way, especially with these recurring in the same muscle groups, it could be exercise induced. Here are the most common causes of muscle tremors/twitches –
In order to isolate a specific cause some follow up questions are when does the twitching generally occur (if it is time specific)? Is it after exercise? Where specifically is it localized? Those answers can help to inform what the most likely cause is. A couple of the low hanging fruit mitigation strategies are to make sure that you are well hydrated, address the potential nutrient deficiencies outlined above (Vitamin D, B, and calcium), and don’t consume nicotine. Feel free to follow up with additional info and I’ll be happy to delve into some more specific treatment/mitigation options.
Thanks Coach Lance! Solid advice as always. Best to start with ensuring all your basic needs are being met (hydration, macro/micro nutrients, vitamins, minerals, sleep etc) and branch out from there. If you ever need further support, reach out to any of us at LFT and we will get you where you need to be.
Until next time! See you in the Boom Room!
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