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Natural Ways to Ignore Myoclonus

Micah Abraham, BSc
Natural Ways to Ignore Myoclonus

One of the biggest issues that prevents those with anxiety from curing themselves is the way the symptoms create more anxiety. Myoclonus is a prime anxiety. Myoclonus is the rapid, instant twitching of a muscle somewhere on the body, where the muscle immediately contracts and stops in moments.

In those without anxiety, a myoclonus is usually ignored and forgotten. But in those with anxiety, these muscle twitches become cause for concern, often leading people to self-diagnose terrible diseases.

Anxiety and Muscle Spasms

Anxiety really can create an increase in brief muscle spasms. It's not entirely clear why. Anxiety does pump adrenaline in the body, which likely causes the muscles to react unusually. It also affects neurotransmitters and hormones, both of which send responses to the nerves. It's possible it's simply evidence that your muscles have been drained of energy.

The truth is that myoclonus occurs in nearly everyone, not just those with anxiety, and so it may not even be anxiety related at all. Some people twitch when they start to fall asleep at night. Others twitch after exercise. Others twitch for no reason, or twitch after sitting/laying down. There is often no cause or reason.

Anxiety and Self-Diagnosis

Unfortunately, myoclonus is also a symptom of some very serious neurological diseases with other similar symptoms to anxiety, and that can cause people to experience considerable distress over whether or not their symptoms are something more.

Only a doctor can diagnose you, but you do need to recognize that this mindset is incredibly common. Most people with anxiety - especially those with panic disorder or health anxiety that are prone to Googling symptoms - often fear that they have some of the diseases linked to myoclonus, including:

It's always possible that someone does have these diseases, which is why seeing a doctor if you're concerned is so important. Indeed, multiple sclerosis and anxiety can have near identical symptoms at first, and many people with anxiety fear that they have MS.

But anxiety really can cause all of the same problems, including muscle twitches, and unfortunately anxiety also makes you more prone to assuming the worst. It's a natural symptom of anxiety, and one that can be extremely difficult to control.

How to Ignore Myoclonus

These types of muscle twitches can be difficult to ignore, especially if you're prone to health anxiety. Consider the following tips and strategies for getting some relief from these symptoms:

Remember, these spasms are almost never anything to worry about. But they're also not something that can be easily controlled, since they're involuntary and automatic reactions. You still need to address your underlying anxiety issues before you can hope to see relief.

Article Resources
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