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Anxiety as the Cause of Muscle Spasms

Faiq Shaikh, M.D.
Anxiety as the Cause of Muscle Spasms

Anxiety can cause a lot of frightening conditions, especially if you find yourself worried about your health often. Muscle spasms are one such condition. Many people experience strange muscle spasms with anxiety, and in some cases these spasm can cause significant distress and further anxiety.

Muscle spasms are sudden, involuntary muscle movements. They're often very small, like a twitch or kicking out, and they usually come and go fairly quickly. They may also be cramps - long, drawn out muscle pain that is also considered a type of muscle spasm. Both of these may be caused by anxiety.

Causes of Muscle Spasms From Anxiety

Muscle spasms occur often, and not just in those with anxiety. Many people experience spasms after running or spasms while dehydrated. If your spasms are becoming a concern, talk to a doctor. 

Muscle spasms are generally not something to worry about unless they're severe and frequent, but it's never a bad idea to visit a doctor for advice. The most common causes of spasms include:

Anxiety is a disorder that makes people assume that even normal physical sensations that most people simply ignore are caused by something more serious. People experience muscle spasms and tell themselves it must be something worse, like diabetes and multiple sclerosis. These types of worries are a side effect of anxiety.

Anxiety can also cause muscle spasms. The most common reasons for spasms include:

There may be other potential causes as well. During anxiety and anxiety attacks, the body experiences severe stress, and to respond to that stress it uses up nutrients in the muscles and bones, like magnesium. These nutrients may be necessary for proper nerve functioning, and in some cases can cause your muscles to contract or spasm as a result. These are all potential links between muscle spasms and anxiety.

How to Control Anxiety Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms are involuntary reactions, and they generally go away within a few minutes. That means that there isn't much you can do in a middle of a spasm to stop it, and if you're still struggling with anxiety you're likely to keep struggling with muscle spasms. However, there are a few things you can try to reduce not only the spasms, but how much worry the spasms cause you.

You can also consider taking vitamin supplements like magnesium, and some experts recommend stretching when the muscle has a tendency to spasms.

Still, all of these are only temporary solutions. If you have anxiety muscle spasms, then your spasms will continue if you're still suffering from anxiety. I strongly recommend you commit to an anxiety treatment in order to stop your anxiety forever.

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