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Posted on: 08/24/2006
I have a sort of twitch. I don't think it is anything serious, but it happens about once every five to 10 minutes. I used to think it was a cold chill, but I could be really hot and still do it. Most of the time it is my right arm, but every once in a while it changes. My neck is really starting to hurt though, from the tensing of the muscles. I asked my chiropractor what she thought it might be and her only guess was calcium deficiency since I don't drink milk. It started in seventh grade out of nowhere, and now I am a senior. It hasn't gotten worse, but it also hasn't gotten better.
It is most likely an involuntary movement called a tic. Tics are a very common movement disorder that usually goes away by itself over 1 year. However, in some people the movements can become chronic, like yours. They tend to worsen with stress and fatigue. Since your twitches have been going on for a long time, it would be best to see your regular doctor, so that he/she can confirm the diagnosis and help you with treatment (which can include non-medical treatments such as biofeedback, or medications if your tics are severe).