View Full Version : Do you ever get so tired...

12-05-2005, 04:56 PM
that the muscles in your arms and legs twitch?

Happens to me when I've had a long long (and I mean long) day or two. I get so run down that arms and legs twitch.

Of course I'm not talking about your standard run of the mill long day, I'm talking those days when you do physical labor for 16 hours or more and maybe do it a couple days in a row.


Leon m
12-05-2005, 05:14 PM
I used to get that when I was a stone carver.

12-06-2005, 07:30 AM
Got any idea what causes it?


12-06-2005, 07:53 AM
Welcome to the world of old guys. You'll be getting 10% off at Burger King next.

12-06-2005, 07:59 AM
Free Coffee at McDonald's

capt jake
12-06-2005, 08:11 AM
No idea what causes it, but you don't have to be old to have that happen. I had it happen when in my early thirties, after being up and working for 30 + hours. Makes it hard to get to sleep. ;)

12-06-2005, 08:30 AM
Restless leg syndrome? Legs twitch and jerk just as you're falling asleep? Possibly several "causes," not easy to deal with.

12-06-2005, 08:33 AM
probably epilepsy

Leon m
12-06-2005, 08:40 AM
Originally posted by cs:
Got any idea what causes it?

ChadMuscle fatigue.

12-06-2005, 08:49 AM
involuntary motor control is caused by errant electrical impulses from the brain

probably brain fatigue

cedar savage
12-06-2005, 10:11 AM
Hi Chad. Twitching only, no cramping?

Do you use a lot of caffeinated beverages to get you through these longer days? Way bad to get too much caffeine, you'll get the twitches afterward for sure.

Are you hydrating effectively? I like Gatorade during times like that. It helps rehydrate, provides sugars to reglycogenate quickly, and just the right balance of sodium and potassium to help your nerves and muscles. Lots of fluid also helps get rid of the fatique poisons.

You can give a quick boost to your calcium with a coupla calcium based chewable antacids.

Take anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen to reduce nerve inflammation.

12-06-2005, 10:14 AM
you can't get calcium from chewable antacids

cedar savage
12-06-2005, 10:40 AM
Originally posted by popeye:
you can't get calcium from chewable antacidsPost a link to one reputable source please?

Cuyahoga Chuck
12-06-2005, 10:53 AM
An hour on this web site has me blinkin' and twitchin' for all I'm worth.
Time for a 5 mile jog.

12-06-2005, 10:56 AM
Hm. I remember lying next to my girlfriend who was a hard physical worker all day, a landscaper. She would twitch sumpthin' fierce as she drifted off to sleep.

Don't know the physiology. In my rustic way I attributed it to muscles coming off a plateau of work. They needed to twitch a bit, shake it out, before they could rest. Also, the brain still working, lift that barge, tote that bale, until it too could rest in dream.