Anxiety has many annoying symptoms.One of the symptoms is muscle twitching. Twitching can occur during sleep at night or at any other time. There are reports of constant muscle twitching; others report symptoms are intermittent. This involuntary action can be very irritating. There is a sense of a lack of control. The twitching can also create cramping or other irritations.
Applying a means of relaxing has proven to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, including twitching. In cases of pregnant mothers, when medication is not an appropriate alternative, relaxing music was very helpful to the expectant women. Studies have indicated that antenatal exposure to chemicals that develop in the mother’s body (glucocorticoids) as a result of anxiety may have long-term effects on an infant’s development, and even his or her health later as an adult. Anxiety in the mother may bring on premature births and low birth-weight babies. However, just 30 minutes of listening to relaxing music is beneficial in overcoming this problem. Reading relaxing material was not as helpful, but better than just sitting. Both the mother and the antenatal infant benefit from hearing music: a natural, low cost, and noninvasive approach.1,2
Other high-stress times in women exist when facing surgery for breast cancer. Hearing relaxing music played has also calmed these women. Even women only suspected of having breast cancer (in an unconfirmed state in the diagnostic process) are greatly eased with three in-person sessions and two phone calls offering informational and emotional support.3
Natural disasters can harm sexual and reproductive health as a result of the impassioned upheaval. There are other issues to consider with his or her overall wellbeing. A behavioral modification occurs consequently from the anxiety that was caused by having lived through the disaster. Research verified that the lower the income level of the adult, the more harm caused by the natural disaster, and the pressure of separation from his or her family, the worse the emotional response. Extremes of stresses often result in a higher the level of anxiety with more symptoms, including twitching. It was also discovered that gender differences are significant. Men cope more easily, and poor women have the greatest challenges.4
A perceived loss of cultural roots and access to services can both have a negative effect on adult women of Mexican heritage. Over 200 immigrant Mexican women, half monolingual, were surveyed. The more acculturated to the American society the women were, and the better access to services in the U.S., the less depressed they became or remained. The loss of social capital that existed in Mexico is a grave hardship for all the women, and even more so for those who were monolingual. There was a direct correlation between the amount of anxiety and related symptoms (including twitching), and the level of acquired acculturation.5 No doubt, the additional anxiety in the women increased bias toward them and made the anxiety worse.
There are certain professions that can cause anxiety in adults and numerous resulting symptoms. Studies have shown that nursing is one. New nurses often have to adapt to the care of sick people at a level that is overwhelming. To have obvious symptoms of their own, like twitching, is stressful. Some nurses leave the profession due to the symptoms of anxiety.6
Many drugs, like Carisoprodol (a muscle relaxer with major side effects) cause muscle twitching and anxiety as soon as patients cease taking it.7,8 Although it is not regulated, studies on individuals have found it to be addictive. Therefore, taking medication for anxiety and muscle twitching is not advisable.
Environmental exposure to chemicals, like lead, can cause anxiety and other symptoms related to anxiety, including twitching. Studies showed that women exposed to lead developed anxiety, and those exposed to lead and life-change hormone-replacement therapy (HRT) increased anxiety and related symptoms.9
Non-victims do not understand anxiety and resulting muscle twitching. The frustrations are real, but the means to overcome the problems can be free. Turn on the radio, call a friend, or read a relaxing novel.
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2 Eum, Ki-Do; Korrick, Susan A.; Weuve, Jennifer; Okereke, Olivia; Kubzansky, Laura D.; Hu, Howard; Weisskopf, Marc G.Relation of Cumulative Low-Level Lead Exposure to Depressive and Phobic Anxiety Symptom Scores in Middle-Age and Elderly Women. Environmental Health Perspectives. Jun2012, Vol. 120 Issue 6, p817-823. 7p.
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