Uncontrollable Movements

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  • Head shakes uncontrollably (involuntarily)

  • Seizure with arm straightened and face turned to the same side e.g. left or right

  • Uncontrollable movements that make me subconsciously walk or wander around

  • Being conscious while your arms and legs are moving involuntarily

  • Hand starts writing in mid-air if I focus on something else

  • Involuntary slow muscle movements of arms and legs

  • Seizure that starts from one part of the body

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

An involuntary movement is when your body moves in an uncontrolled way. These can include small jerking motions, tremors, or larger limb movements. They usually happen due to problems with the brain or spinal cord.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Uncontrollable movements

Possible causes

  • Spasticity

    Spasticity is abnormal muscle tightness due to prolonged muscle contraction. IIt is usually associated with damage to the spinal cord, brain or nerves.

  • Cirrhosis of the liver

    A condition where normal liver is permanently damaged and replaced with scar issue. There are many different causes including infections, alcohol abuse and diabetes.

  • Restless foot syndrome

    Restless legs syndrome (RLS) Willis-Ekbom disease is a condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, usually because of an uncomfortable sensation. It typically occurs while sitting or lying down. Exact cause is unknown, but could be due to a chemical (dopamine) imbalance in the brain. It can begin at any age and generally worsens with age. It can disrupt sleep, which interferes with daily activities.

  • Alcohol dependence / delirium tremens

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have movements of the hands/legs/face, that you cannot control?

  • Do your uncontrollable movements make you subconsciously walk or wander around?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Do you have headaches or does your head feel heavy?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

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Bret Mobley, MD, MS (Neuropathology)

Shohei Harase

Shohei Harase, MD (Neurology)

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