Myoclonus is involuntary twitching in a muscle or group of muscles. It is not a disease itself, but may be a symptom of a nervous system disorder, such:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Low Blood Pressure
Hiccups and sudden jerks before falling asleep are possible signs of myoclonus. It may also be part of a reaction to medicine or a symptom of drug poisoning. The January 2011 issue of Therapeutic Advances in Neurological Disorders points out that chronic alcohol abuse and alcohol withdrawal can cause myoclonus. Many prescription medicines and painkillers can also cause muscle twitching. If patients approach doctors about muscle twitching while using drugs, addiction needs to be examined as a possible cause.
Can It Be Caused by Opioids?
“Pathophysiology and Treatment of Opioid-Related Myoclonus in Cancer Patients,” published in Pain Relief and Palliative Care, explores the relationship between long-term opioid use and myoclonus. According to this article, myoclonus is not an unexpected side effect of chronic opioid therapy or long-term opioid use. It is related to dose and is often accompanied by other muscle symptoms. Treatment for opioid-related myoclonus involves ceasing the drug use causing it. Cancer and chronic pain patients need to explore other options to manage pain when this symptom occurs. Those abusing the drug can get help to end drug use entirely. If they are dealing with an addiction and co-occurring physical health issues, non-addictive options are available. Quality addiction treatment programs will address all physical, mental, and addiction recovery needs.
Individuals may be tempted to self-medicate muscle twitching with drugs such as benzodiazepines. However, combining these substances with opioids can have additional negative health effects or lead to overdose and death. Using multiple drugs further complicates addiction and recovery, and does not create real or lasting solutions for health concerns.
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