If you’re suffering from mystery symptoms, the last thing you want to hear is it’s “all in your head.” Muscle twitches can be annoying and embarrassing and may be caused by anything from autoimmune disease to dehydration. Find out what causes mystery muscle twitches and what to do to get rid of them.

Chronic Candida Infection

Candida yeast is normal and naturally occurs in the gut. However, prolonged use of antibiotics, birth-control pills, alcohol, a diet high in processed food and digestive disorders can cause the yeast to overgrow, which can cause a variety of different symptoms including:

• Chronic yeast infections
• Frequent viral or bacterial infections
• Chemical sensitivities and allergies
• Asthma
• Digestive problems
• Emotional symptoms
• Muscle weakness and twitching

Natural treatments for yeast overgrowth are:

• Probiotics
• Garlic
• Oregano
• Cayenne
• Whole foods diet

Aspartame Poisoning

Your mystery muscle twitches may be as close as your favorite soda. Aspartame is a man-made artificial sweetener that’s been associated with a whopping 92 different health problems. Some of the common symptoms of aspartame poisoning include:

• Irritability
• Confusion
• Heart Palpitations
• Abdominal pain
• Pain when swallowing
• Hives or itching with no rash
• Muscle weakness, spasms and twitching

Aspartame poisoning may also mimic the symptoms of common autoimmune diseases such as Lyme disease, Grave’s disease and Lupus.

If these symptoms sound familiar, cut aspartame from your diet to see if your mystery muscle twitches and other symptoms disappear.

Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium deficiency is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies in America. Symptoms of magnesium deficiency are:

• Low energy and fatigue
• Hormonal imbalance
• Depression and anxiety
• Mania and psychosis
• Kidney stones
• Muscle spasms and twitching
• Insomnia
• Headaches

If this sounds like what you’re going through, supplement your diet with chelated magnesium to see if symptoms improve.

Caffeine Sensitivity

Some people just can’t drink caffeine. Symptoms of caffeine sensitivity are:

• Diarrhea
• Trembling hands
• Dry mouth
• Racing heart
• Muscle twitches

If you drink a lot of soda or caffeine, it could be causing your mystery muscle twitches. Wean off caffeine gradually to avoid suffering withdrawal symptoms, which may only make your twitches worse.

Drug Side Effects and Withdrawal

If you’re taking any prescription medications, it could be the cause of your mystery muscle twitches. Diuretics, corticosteroids and estrogens commonly cause muscle twitches. Talk to your doctor and see if you can make the switch to natural alternatives.

Withdrawal from anxiety medications such as benzodiazepines can also cause mystery muscle twitches. Natural herbs such as valerian and homeopathic remedies like ignatia amara may ease these withdrawal symptoms. Make an appointment with a naturopath or holistic doctor to make a safe transition from prescription anxiety relief to natural herbs or supplements.


If you suffer from panic attacks or anxiety, it could lead to muscle twitching. It may often occur when you lie down to relax at night. Herbs such as valerian and chamomile can help ease anxiety. Magnesium can also help ease anxiety and reduce mystery muscle twitches.

Lack of Sleep

Anxiety and insomnia can sometimes go hand in hand and create a vicious cycle. You’re anxious and can’t sleep or you can’t sleep and it’s making you anxious. Lack of sleep is another common cause of mystery muscle twitches.

Unless you are pregnant, diabetic or allergic to sulfur, taking an Epsom salt bath will give you a large dose of magnesium that can help ease anxiety and help you drift off to sleep. Chamomile, valerian and magnesium supplements can also help ease anxiety and insomnia.

Other Causes of Mystery Muscle Twitches

Mystery muscle twitches can also be caused by something as simple as dehydration or a serious neurological condition such as Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis. Thyroid disease such as hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s and Grave’s disease can also cause mystery muscle twitches.

If dietary changes, supplements and natural methods do not help ease your mystery muscle twitches, book an appointment with a healthcare provider to get some additional help.

If you suffer from any serious medical condition, talk to your doctor before trying any natural supplements.

Like all mystery symptoms, mystery muscle twitches are best solved when you correct the underlying cause. Don’t let anybody tell you your symptoms are “all in your head”. Sometimes the simplest answer is the best one.

Author's Bio: 

Jaime is the creator and founder of http://www.itoldyouiwassick.com. It is a blog dedicated to validating mystery symptoms and offering natural, alternative methods of treatment. Her articles focus on getting to the 'root cause' of a problem, not merely masking the symptoms.