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What Is Fasciculation
No: Fasciculations are not an early indicator of ALS. They are more likely a symptom of excess caffeine, lack of sleep, anxiety, stress, etc. Diagnosis for ALS does include fasciculations in the criteria, but only one part of it, and must be accompanied by weakness in the same limb. Twitching as related to ALS indicates dying muscle and therefore weakness which does not come and go. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do we know what causes benign fasciculation syndrome? Twitch in my forehead for a week and worried it might have to do with my laptop bumping my head.
The muscle is twitching--but you knew that. This can be from a muscle effect. Low magnesium or potassium or calcium frequently causes this. but all over.
For one particular muscle, it is the muscle having more reactivity (sore, bruised, injured) or the nerve to it being inflamed, or the brain having less damping down activity (restless leg syndrome). ...Read more
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
What, other than Benign fasciculation syndrome, would cause twitching throughout entire body? Eyelids, anus, eardrums, lips, arms, legs, abdomen, etc.
Spasms vs. Constant.: To my knowledge and a somewhat imprecise answer without much pathophysiology is simply that fasciculations can be likened to "spasms", i.e. are intermittent whereas myoclonus essentially translates to constant, uncontrollable jerks (clonus) of the muscle (myo). Myoclonus to my mind is generally an indicator of a more ominous problem. ...Read more
What is the difference between fasciculations and twitches? I've read benign fasciculations doesn't occour in the tongue, so what are thoose twitches?
See your MD, or neur: You are not talking about minor issues. Particularly, in the context of psychoactive drugs (abilify (aripiprazole) and paroxetine) a movement disorder can represent important or serious problems. Changing or discontinuing drugs may be necessary, but that is not something you should do on your own. See the doctor who is prescribing your meds and if that isn't helpful see a neurologist for evaluation, soon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
I've had fasciculations in different parts of my body for a couple months now. Is it possible for this to resolve? I don't want to live life like this
Since the fasciculations have gone on for two months, it would be prudent to see a neurologist for an evaluation.
Wish you good health! ...Read more
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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