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What Causes Strange Movement In The Body?

Strange movement in the body refers to uncontrollable jerky movements of certain parts of the body. These movements can happen to anyone at any age. They can occur due to exertion, dehydration, or other reasons. They may signal towards major illness like diabetes, stroke, thyroid disease, Wilson disease, etc. These movements may include involuntary movements like cramps in the foot, twitching of eyes, etc. These movements affect one or both sides of the body and usually do not repeat. They appear to happen willingly with a purpose but they are actually uncontrollable. These movements affect the normal activities of a person even interrupt posture.

What Causes Strange Movement In The Body?

Strange movements are involuntary and uncontrollable movements of muscles of the body. These movements can develop at any age. They may interfere with the normal activities of the affected person. They may involve one or both the sides of the body. They may appear at certain times like at night or during stress, anxiety, etc. They may not repeat themselves. They cannot be controlled and disappear by themselves. Anxiety, exertion, dehydration, too much intake of caffeine can cause such movements. Their presence may indicate any major illness in the body such as diabetes, stroke, etc.

Dehydration– loss of water and electrolytes can cause imbalances of water level and electrolytes in the body that can cause strange foot movements during the day and night. It usually causes cramps in the leg while in rest or night.

Too Much Intake Of Caffeine– too much intake of caffeine can cause increased muscle movements due to impaired nerve supply. It can cause involuntary twitching of eyes.

Sleep Apnea– it is a sleep disorder that is represented by rhythmic movements of the extremities during sleep. It is a periodic limb movement disorder that affects sleep, especially at night.

Stroke– it is a medical condition characterized by the death of brain cells due to an insufficient blood supply. It causes a sudden onset of severe headache, numbness, weakness, vision problems, etc. It may also induce strange movements of the body.

Chorea– it is a disorder that can be hereditary or acquired that generates involuntary movements in various muscles of the body. These movements are jerky and unpredictable.1

Metabolic Disorders– the disorders of sodium, potassium, or glucose can interrupt the normal functioning of the muscles. This may lead to strange movements in the body.

Pregnancy– hormonal changes in the body during pregnancy may sometimes induce strange twitching and jerks in the body.

Huntington Disease– it is a disorder characterized by the breaking down of nerve cells found in the brain. This disorder can cause the appearance of strange movements in the body.2

Medicines– long term use of certain medicines like anticonvulsants, antidepressants, levodopa etc can induce strange movements in the body.

Wilson Disease– it is a condition characterized by too much presence of copper in the body. It may result in involuntary movements in the body 3

Polycythemia Rubra Vera– it is a disease of bone marrow that can induce strange movements.

Sydenham Chorea– it is a movement disorder caused by group A streptococcus.

Antiphospholipid Syndrome– it is a medical condition that is characterized by abnormal clotting of blood.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus– it is an autoimmune disease that attacks its own healthy tissues of the body.

Tardive Disease– it is a rare condition caused due to antipsychotic drugs that can induce strange movements.

Thyroid Disease And Diabetes– these metabolic diseases can also cause the appearance of strange movements in the body.


Strange movements are the unpredictable, uncontrollable and jerky movements of the muscles of the body. These movements occur due to exertion, stress, dehydration, pregnancy, consumption of caffeine, certain illness such as diabetes, thyroid disease, stroke, certain medicines, and others discussed above.


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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:July 20, 2019

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