Usually we tell muscles what to do and what not, but they do have their own actions. Sometimes they may contract, pull, twitch and do not relax. Palpitations in the muscles, muscle spasms happen in the muscles of arms, legs, calves, thighs, neck, belly and ribcage. Muscle spasm occur in a single muscle or a part of the muscle or a group of muscles. Many a times we are not sure as to why they occur, but there are certain triggers that can prompt muscle spasms.

Eyelid Twitches

You may experience eyelid twitches that are spontaneous and make you feel uncomfortable. They may occur on the lower or upper eyelid; frequent and abnormal twitches may make you feel faint or bug you down.  The triggers for these eyelid twitches may include stress, excessive use of caffeine, anxiety, insomnia, smoking, exposure to bright light and exertion. They are usually harmless, yet annoying – but go away on their own. They can however be persistent sometimes – and may come back after a few days.

What if the eye twitches don’t go away on their own?

If they don’t go away on their own even after a few days and last for several days, then they could be an indication of eye problems, such as Glaucoma and dryness. The eye twitches may also be due to some issues in the facial muscles associated with facial movement. Sometime, though on rare occasions, eye twitches can be an indication of neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis, Tourette’s syndrome or Bell’s Palsy. These conditions will also be associated with other symptoms and issues too. Therefore, if you have persistent eye twitches, then a neurologist will do proper diagnosis to rule out these conditions.

Low in Electrolytes

Muscles require sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium to work properly. If a person becomes deficient in any of them then he or she may become prone or vulnerable to frequent muscle cramps or muscle spasms. The levels of electrolytes deplete in the body due to excessive usage of medicines, antacids, anti-depressants and other types of medicines. Heavy physical activities such as running, any sporting activity, heavy sweating and exercise can also deplete electrolytes levels in the body. Some medical conditions like vomiting and diarrhoea can also cause depletion of electrolytes in the body.

Dehydration

Water is very essential for proper functions in the body. Water is important for digestion, proper functioning of circulatory system, nervous system and for muscles function as well. If a person does not drink enough or plenty of water, then he or she may be more likely to have muscle twitches and spasms. You must make a habit of drinking water and taking fluids when you work heavily or exercise heavily as excessive sweating can cause water and electrolytes depletion and may trigger muscle spasms.

Stress

Stress is another culprit for your muscles twitching and spasms. Stress affects several organs and systems in the body, including digestive system, immune system, circulatory system and even nervous system. We often blame stress or anxiety for our headaches, migraines or sleepless nights, but it can also trigger muscles twitches and spasms by creating tension and pain in the muscles. Meditation, yoga, relaxation therapies, reflexology, aromatherapy, aerobics, massage therapy and regular exercise may help manage stress and anxiety diligently.