Twitches are common and very rarely a sign of anything serious. They often go away on their own, but see a GP if a twitch lasts more than 2 weeks.

Twitches are usually nothing to worry about

Most people get twitches from time to time. They’re often linked to:

  • stress and anxiety
  • tiredness and exhaustion
  • drinking caffeine or alcohol
  • some medicines – check the side effects on the packet or leaflet

They can affect any part of the body. Twitches in the eyes or legs are particularly common.

You may also have tingling or cramps (spasms) in the same area.

How you can help stop a twitch

A twitch may come and go but will normally stop in a few days or weeks. There isn’t usually any treatment for it.

There are some things you can do to help:

See a GP if:

  • you have a twitch for more than 2 weeks
  • you have a twitch in more than one place
  • the affected area feels weak
  • you think a prescribed medicine might be causing your twitch

What happens at your GP appointment

Your GP may:

  • check for causes of a twitch, like stress or a medicine you’re taking
  • ask you to come back if the twitch hasn’t stopped in a few weeks
  • refer you to a specialist called a neurologist for tests to look for conditions that can cause a twitch