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Dear Doctor,

I have been having muscle contractions all over my body for the past four days. They are present all day, but are worst at night when I'm sleeping, to the point that it is difficult to get a good night's sleep. I went to the ER 3 days ago, and it was treated as an anxiety issue, as I have had anxiety issues in the past. However, it is not getting any better at all, and I am scared that I am dealing with a neurological issue here. Do you have any advice about what this is or what I should do next?

Thank you.

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Thank you for asking your query at DoctorSpring

In order to help you with this I will need few more details.

1.Are the contractions visible ? Like muscle twitching ?
2.Do you have fever or diarrhoea recently ?
3.Is there pain associated with it ?
4.Is there contractions in the face too ?

Thank you

Patient replied :

Hello Doctor,

Thank you for your reply.

1) Contractions are not visible. Feels like they're just below the surface of the skin.
2) no fever or stool issues
3) no pain, just discomfort with the fact that it feels like I am vibrating. But it isn't painful.
4) contractions of neck and shoulder, but not face.

Thank you.


Thank you for the clarification.

As per your description, the symptoms does not seem to fit into any kind of a neurological disease. Muscle spasms / contractions due to Neurological disease tend to occur localized or in a group of muscles. The condition you are having is non-specific muscle spasm and the causes can be electrolyte imbalance (like low potassium), hyperventilation (over breathing due to anxiety),or anxiety. And certain cases the cause is unknown. The good news is that you need not be worried about the symptoms unless they persist for long.

If you are still experiencing the symptom I would recommend you to meet a Physician - Internal Medicine Specialist . He will make referrals it its necessary.

Hope this helps.

Patient replied :

Thank you, doctor.

As a follow-up, how long should I wait before scheduling an appointment with an Internal Medicine Specialist? I'm on day 7 of experiencing the symptoms...

Thank you for your help.


Since its been a week, I think you should not wait anymore.

Thank you.

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: HIV- AIDS Specialist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

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