Hi all, what is the difference between twitching and spasms? I have non stop twitching, like a little popcorn machine all over my body (going on a month now-all the time, daily). However, I hear a lot about spasms? What is the difference?
To me it's fascinating that you would describe the sensations you feel "like popcorn." Because that is how I have been explaining the sensations I have felt in my legs for the past 13 years. "it feels like popcorn popping." This is ongoing, never stops, is really annoying! It does vary in intensity. I am 61 years old (female) and FINALLY got diagnosed with MS and just started taking Copaxone weeks ago. I believe I had my first attack when I was child. I also had a bad case of mononucleosis when I was 16. Sprained my ankles 20 times in my youth. Why? I believe I had relapsing remitting MS until about 12 years ago when I believe a lot of stress triggered a severe relapse, and now I think I have progressive MS. That is my opinion. My doctors say they do not use the 4 categories of MS. It's all just RR. But I find that terminology confusing because most of my symptoms have not remitted.
Oh, so the difference between twitching and spasms? Have you ever had an eye twitch? To me a twitch is something rather small and annoying. But a spasm, to me, would be like a leg cramp and would involved bigger muscles and would be more painful. I have had spasms in the strangest places :O( A twitch also could be rather more rhythmic? While a spasm would be more like... an attack. Just some thoughts. But certainly either spasms or twitches are neurological in nature and can either be due to something temporary and benign or could be due to something like M.S. or something else serious.
I call the popcorn sensations "nerves firing." To me they are not spasms. Not really twitches either. But I case they are closer to twitches than spasms. But the true name? FASICULATIONS! Google it!
I did not type in a swear word where the site put in the stars. I had typed in the word for a popular search engine starting with the letter G. Six letters. Funny the site would do that. But I wanted everyone to know what I really typed.
Thanks guys, I guess mine is "fascilations"....literally I have had them daily for over a month. I go in for my C spine MRI at the end of today. All my symptoms (jumping pains all over my body-fingers, ankle, toes, foot, knees), non stop fascilations, and buzzing in my body all point to MS (given ALL blood work is great) so I wont be shocked if it comes back positive...
I have what I call spasms but I'm not even sure if that's the technical term. If I have one in my calf, for example, it feels like the entire calf muscle tightens and then releases usually resulting in my leg moving involuntarily.
it's really difficult to describe and incredibly uncomfortable. I've also get them in my thighs, my arms and my back.
I had never heard of a charlie horse. I looked it up and from what I read it's like a 'dead leg' and can last for weeks?
No, my spasms are not like this. Each spasm takes only seconds, but I can have multiple spasms for hours.
My neuro thought it might be related to restless leg and a B12 deficiency. But having had treatment for the deficiency, the restless leg symptoms are gone but the spasms are still there, which makes me think they are ms related.
I will bring it up again at the next appointment.
Sometimes its so hard to put words on what you are experiencing and describe it in a way that someone who hasn't experienced it can understand.