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involuntary muscle twitching and jerking

I  was hurt in a rear end collision last year and since that time I've started to experience muscle twitching over my arms, legs, back, etc. Now I'm having muscle jerking that usually happens when I relax or try to go to sleep. I have three Tarlov cyst on my sacral spine could this be connected to the problem. What should I do to get this to stop. The jerking is becoming painful and it's jerking my entire upper body. Thank you for any help. Meg
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620923 tn?1452915648
Since u were in an accident I would see a neurologist, and run some tests....it could be a combo of a vitamin and mineral deficency.....potassium, madnesium...B12, vit D.....I would deff check on ur cysts to see if there was any growth.....
Tarlov Cyst Support Group, Tarlov Cyst Survey


Although the exact cause is unknown, there are theories as to what may cause an asymptomatic Tarlov cyst to produce symptoms. In several documented cases, accidents or falls involving the tailbone area of the spine caused previously undiagnosed Tarlov cysts to flare up.


An increase in pressure in or on the cysts may increase symptoms and cause nerve damage. Sitting, standing, walking, and bending are typically painful, and often, the only position that provides relief, is reclining flat on one’s side. Symptoms vary greatly by patient, and may flare up and then subside. Any of the following may be present in patients that have symptomatic Tarlov cysts.

Pain in the area of the nerves affected by the cysts, especially the buttocks
Weakness of muscles
Difficulty sitting for prolonged periods
Loss of sensation on the skin
Loss of reflexes
Changes in bowel function such as constipation
Changes in bladder function including increased frequency or incontinence
Changes in sexual function

I copied and pasted this from an article found on line- I hope it helps.

Good luck
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Thank you for the reply guess I'll have to bite the bullet and go see a neurologist. I do have most of the other symptoms too, but am already taking pain med for another condition so have put off having this checked out. The muscle jerking is driving me crazy though and I'm not already taking anthing that helps it! Thanks for your help and advise. Meg
620923 tn?1452915648
U r welcome...glad to be of help...let me know how it all plays out.

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