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Dr. Melinda Bailey
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Fasciculation (Overview)

Fasciculation = brief involuntary contractions of a small number of muscle fibers.


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Does parkisons causes fasciculations?

Does parkisons causes fasciculations?

No: Fasciculation is a sign of neurogenic muscle disease it could sometimes occur in acute nerve irritation and sometimes as a benign phenomenon. ...Read more

Dr. Melinda Bailey
158 Doctors shared insights

Fasciculation (Overview)

Fasciculation = brief involuntary contractions of a small number of muscle fibers.


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What does it mean to have fasciculations? Can you have fasciculations of the lungs?

What does it mean to have fasciculations? Can you have fasciculations of the lungs?

Not really....: Fasciculations are visible, irregular, and involuntary contractions of individual muscle fibers caused by damage to neurons in the spinal cord. Mainly eyelids, arms, legs, feet and the tongue are affected. The conditions may be benign or associated with neurological illness. Fasciculations do not affect the lungs. ...Read more

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How do you typically treat cramping fasciculation syndrome or benign fasciculation? My father is having terrible nocturnal cramping and can't sleep.

How do you typically treat cramping fasciculation syndrome or benign fasciculation? My father is having terrible nocturnal cramping and can't sleep.

Magnesium: Has he tried taking magnesium? Magnesium deficiency is rather common. Also a good leg, calf stretching program before going to bed may help. I assume a neurologist has already evaluated him. ...Read more

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What is meaning of fasciculation?

What is meaning of fasciculation?

The twitchies: A bit of a muscle contracts briefly apparently without the nerve stimulating it. Everybody gets these, probably from circulating acetylcholine, and they're usually a non-problem. If in the tongue or very prevalent, they are more worrismoe. ...Read more

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What could calf/eye/arm muscle twitches (non painful)in an 18yr old girl mean? I just finished treatment for amebiasis. Twitching since week 2 of sick.

What could calf/eye/arm muscle twitches (non painful)in an 18yr old girl mean? I just finished treatment for amebiasis. Twitching since week 2 of sick.

Many possibilities: Muscle twitches can be caused by a wide variety of things. More common causes are caffeine, stress and nutrient deficiency. If you were having a lot of diarrhea with your amebiasis, you might have also had some nutrient loss. Persistent muscle twitching can also be a symptom of a more serious problem. I recommend you see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

How do I get rid of hyper pigmintattion?

Hydroquinone: Hyperpigmentation if often caused be inflammation du to injury or infection and the action of the sun. Hydroquinone, and sunscreens can revers the process and improve the hyperpigmentation. ...Read more

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Is it common to find slight fasciculations in a emg when u have fibromyalgia?

Is it common to find slight fasciculations in a emg when u have fibromyalgia?

Occasionally: Fibromyalgia is a multifactorial consequence of hormonal, immune system and nervous system dysfunction resulting from genetic predispositions and dietary and environmental insults. These factors impact your immune system and can lead to pain and inflammation. This is a metabolic disease amenable to metabolically directed treatments. ...Read more

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What is meaning of fasciculation?

The twitchies: A bit of a muscle contracts briefly apparently without the nerve stimulating it. Everybody gets these, probably from circulating acetylcholine, and they're usually a non-problem. If in the tongue or very prevalent, they are more worrismoe. ...Read more

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How does a spasm or fasciculation feels like?

How does a spasm or fasciculation feels like?

Spasm is painful: Please get a revaluation from the surgeon who operated on you. You will also need to see a rehabilitation specialists or neurologist for management of your pain. ...Read more

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Does parkisons causes fasciculations?

No: Fasciculation is a sign of neurogenic muscle disease it could sometimes occur in acute nerve irritation and sometimes as a benign phenomenon. ...Read more

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What is benign fasciculation syndrome?

What is benign fasciculation syndrome?

BFS: Twitching of voluntary muscles, especially in eyelids & arms & legs, cause unknown, but some factors are exertion or minerals deficiency or drugs. ...Read more

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How long does benign fasciculation syndrome last for?

Depends: How long it lasts depends on the cause. If the cause is known and can be addressed then it goes away.
If there is no known cause (idiopathic, benign), it may be longer lived. ...Read more

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What is the difference between spasms and fasciculations?

Contraction & relaxa: Another way of looking at it is: fasciculations are involuntary muscle contraction and relaxation whereas muscle spasm is involuntary and sustained muscle contraction. Fasciculations can be deep and detected on a muscle needle test or can be felt and be visible to the eye as muscle twitches. ...Read more

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How long does benign fasciculation syndrome take to go away?

How long does benign fasciculation syndrome take to go away?

Unknown: Benign fasciculation syndrome (BFS) is an uncommon syndrome while other fasciculations are quite common and can occur in 70% of healthy people. The main cause of BFS is unknown but stress, medications, caffeine, anxiety, and cigarettes can be causes. A full neurologic exam is needed for diagnosis. Labs and nerve testing should be done. No one can predict how long the syndrome will last ...Read more

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What is difference twiching fasciculations? Or is it the same?

Essentially the same: Fasciculations are spontaneous contractions of the muscle. They are often isolated and they may be visible. They are often benign but can also be seen in some neurological disorders. I would get further evaluation. An EMG study can help better evaluate these symptoms. ...Read more

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Is it possible for benign fasciculation syndrome to go away. I know sometimes it lasts a while, I just want to know if people have recovered ever.

Yes: They can last from months to years. If they are due to some offending cause then once the cause is gone the fasciculations also go away ...Read more

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Is it possible for benign fasciculation syndrome to go away permanently? I've had it for a few months and it's really interfering with my life a lot.

Is it possible for benign fasciculation syndrome to go away permanently? I've had it for a few months and it's really interfering with my life a lot.

Fasciculations: In my experience benign fasciculations of muscles is a permanent situation but should cause no discomfort or other muscular symptoms. If the diagnosis is confirmed by a neurologist, I would be reassured that no serious neurological pathology exists. ...Read more

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What are some of the causes of leg fasciculations?

What are some of the causes of leg fasciculations?

Nerves: True fasciculations are spontaneous contractions of single muscle fibers. This is due to nerve damage. The nerve can be damaged anywhere between the spinal cord and the motor end-plate where the nerve fiber contacts the muscle fiber. There are lots of causes, such as poisons, trauma, inflammatory diseases, nutritional deficiencies, neurodegenerative diseases. Note cramps are not fasciculations. ...Read more

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Are hands fasciculations always pathologic? Sometimes I have monolateral fasciculations. Thanks

Are hands fasciculations always pathologic? Sometimes I have monolateral fasciculations. Thanks

No they are not: Muscle fasciculations can be seen in a variety of situations ranging from muscle overuse and fatigue to electrolyte imbalance to denervation issues (I.e. Damage to the nerve that connects to a specific muscle). In a young person with no overall medical issues, the muscle twitching is most likely benign unless other symptoms such as weakness and loss of sensation are present ...Read more

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When an emg shows slight fasciculation is it comsidered clear or dirty?

When an emg shows slight fasciculation is it comsidered clear or dirty?

Usually Benign: Fasciculations are frequently benign and if a 3 limb EMG with sampling of the paraspinous muscles and tongue was performed then you can be reassured that it is in fact benign. ...Read more

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When an emg shows slight fasciculation, is it considered clear or dirty?

When an emg shows slight fasciculation, is it considered clear or dirty?

Depends: This finding cannot be interpreted in isolation. All the other parts of the test have to be considered. Fasciculations can be normal in some people. They are also worsened by stress and caffeine. In some people they be related to neurological disease. A neurological evaluation and the full results of the EMG can distinguish benign from concerning fasciculations. ...Read more

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Is it possible/likely for someone with benign fasciculation syndrome to have normal/negative emg results?

Yes.: A person with benign fasciculation syndrome would have a normal EMG, whereas someone with ALS would have signs of generalized denervation on EMG. ...Read more

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Are there any effects from long term use of ssris (>8yrs) like gait disturbance or painless fasciculations?

Are there any effects from long term use of ssris (>8yrs) like gait disturbance or painless fasciculations?

Unlikely: Fasciculations are seen in withdrawal syndrome from ssris but there are reports of fasciculations while on Paxil (paroxetine) and zoloft. Gait disturbance are highly unlikely with ssris, please get evaluated by your physician. Gait disturbance could be sign of many neural issues that need evaluation. ...Read more

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Just found out my flooring is part of the recall for high formaldehyde levels. I get fasciculations. Can that be from formaldehyde toxin?

Just found out my flooring is part of the recall for high formaldehyde levels. I get fasciculations. Can that be from formaldehyde toxin?

Unlikely: The primary and earliest symptoms of toxicity from formaldehyde are pulmonary and respiratory in nature, not muscular. It is unlikely that twitching or fasciculations would be part of this picture at any early level. ...Read more

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Can stress causes fasciculations visible on emg?

Can stress causes fasciculations visible on emg?

No: True fasciculations corroborated by EMG are unlkely to be caused by psychological distress. ...Read more

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Can fasciculations in ALS come and go with weeks apart?

Can fasciculations in ALS come and go with weeks apart?

Fasciculations: Normally fasciculations are constant in ALS. They stop when the muscle tissue is very small. They do not come and go, as they do in other cases. ...Read more