Common Causes Of Head Twitching

Head twitching is a fairly bothersome, somewhat annoying and often an embarrassing problem.  It involves muscle movements that are involuntary in your muscle fibers or nerves.  For most people, twitches go unnoticed and if you do happen to feel them, they usually feel worse than they actually look.

Muscle twitches are usually harmless and are often more of an irritation rather than something to be concerned about.  However, in some cases, head twitching is often a sign of some type of neurological disorder if symptoms persist.

Tourette Syndrome

In most cases this is considered a genetic condition.  Scientists and doctors do not have an official cause of Tourette syndrome but they do know that there are problems with communication in the nerve cells.  There is a disturbance in the chemicals that carry nerve signals through the cells.  Symptoms emerge in childhood or sometime in teenagers and it affects 3 out of every 1,000 people.  Motor tics such as exaggerated blinking, head twitching and vocal tics are all common symptoms.

Parkinson's Disease

Symptoms are generally mild and occur gradually.  Family and friends usually tend to notice any visible changes before you do.  As the disease progresses on, it starts to interrupt your daily activities.  Common symptoms include muscle rigidity, tremor, changes in gait, loss of balance, head twitching, stooped posture, speech and voice change, memory problems, loss of motor skills, depression, dementia, drooling, fatigue, skin problems and sexual dysfunction.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

This was once believed to be quite a rare disorder but now it is reported to affect at least three percent of the population but this number could be considerably higher since very few people that have this disorder actually seek treatment for it.  Symptoms include obsessions, constant doubting, stress and repetitive behaviors.  Obsessive compulsive disorder traits often become present in childhood but sometimes they do not occur until adulthood.

Cervical Dystonia

This condition is characterized by an abnormal twisting and squeezing of muscle contractions occurring in the neck and head area.  Abnormal postures and positions are often resulted from these sustained muscle contractions as well as unnatural head positioning and lateral or sideways rotation resulting in head twitching.  Symptoms associated with cervical dystonia often worsen during stressful periods or while walking and will usually improve with sleep.

Multiple Sclerosis

The disease affects the communication between the brain and the spinal cord.  The cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown but theories suggest that infections or genetics are causes as well as environmental factors.  Symptoms include muscle spasms, visual problems, speech issues, fatigue, chronic pain, bowel difficulties, head twitching, depression and unstable moods.  This disease is unpredictable and relapses often occur more often in spring and summer.  Quite often, viral infections and stress will trigger attacks

Alzheimer's Disease

This is a common form of dementia.  It is considered degenerative, incurable and terminal and is usually diagnosed in individuals over 65 years old.  The disease is different for each person but there are a few common symptoms.  As it advances, the symptoms often include irritability, aggression, confusion, broken language, mood swings, memory loss and then body functions are gradually lost.  Since Alzheimer's disease cannot be cured, patient management is extremely important.

Natural Remedies

If your twitching is from simple or natural causes and not disease related, there are many homeopathic and herbal ingredients and remedies that you can use to ease muscle twitching.  Hyoscyamus is a highly recommended herb that has powerful antispasmodic properties to soothe irritations.  Zinc is also recommended because it helps the absorption of certain nutrients like magnesium into the body.  It is effective to relieve twitches related to stress and exhaustion.  Other helpful remedies include cina and chamomile.





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