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Benign Fasciculation Syndrome

Benign fasciculation syndrome is marked by constant tingling, numbness, and twitching in a single muscle or a group of muscles. Though the exact cause of benign fasciculation syndrome is unknown, it is being reported that viral infection, deficiency of magnesium or calcium, and anti-allergic drugs cause it. Anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants help in reducing the symptoms along with lifestyle changes.

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I suspect having benign fasciculation syndrome. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 42-year-old right-handed internist and hospital administrator. Around seven months ago, I developed fasciculations. I underwent an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) brain, cervical spine examination, and EMG (electromyography) twice, and all were negative except for some spondylos...  Read Full »

Dr. Seyedaidin Sajedi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. I am so sorry that you are experiencing a combination of neurological problems. Meanwhile, I am glad your widespread fasciculations are compatible with BFS (benign fasciculation syndrome) clinically and elect...  Read Full »

I experience twitching or tremors in my chin. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 25. Since three days, I have been experiencing sensations like twitches/ jerks/ tremors specifically in my chin area. I noticed that when I talk, eat or when something falls down from my hand suddenly, I get a tremor in my chin. They last for a second only. I went to a doctor (not...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. From what you mentioned, you most likely have what is called benign fasciculation syndrome which is usually due to stress and anxiety. You should not worry, it is benign and you do not have to perform MRI or any other investigations. Do ...  Read Full »

I am suffering from thumb stiffness and muscle pain. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, Two months ago, I first noticed my right-hand thumb being stiff when using my phone. It subsided after a few minutes and returned to normal. A few days later, while sipping a cup of tea, my thumb began to feel stiff once more and to shake somewhat. I began to worry then. I struggled fo...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read the query, and I can understand your concern. Your symptoms do not seem to be related to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Your symptoms are more suggestive of carpal tunnel syndrome or a bulging disc in the cervical vertebral column, leading to pain ...  Read Full »

I had left lower eyelid twitching for one week, and now my whole body is twitching. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I noticed twitching in my left lower eyelid. It twitched for one week, and then I noticed my left calf was also twitching. Finally, all of a sudden, my whole body was twitching. I have had this issue for more than a month. I am worried about it. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern, and I would explain that there is nothing to worry about as long as there is no muscle wasting or weakness.In my opinion, your symptoms could be suggestive of benign fasciculation syndrome, probably caused by stress and insomnia. I recommend ch...  Read Full »

I am experiencing body muscle twitches. Could it be ALS?

Query: Hello doctor, I am worried that I have ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Three weeks ago, I had an episode of nerve pain. Burning in the back, feet, etc. Sometimes it feels like I have ice on my back. I also had shooting pain in several areas of my body, like an electrical shock. A couple of days...  Read Full »

Dr. Seyedaidin Sajedi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I reassure you that your symptoms do not suggest ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). ALS is a motor disease that does not cause any sensory problems. Moreover, it is a slowly progressive disease that almost always initiates from one limb and slowly progresses to ano...  Read Full »

What could cause frequent muscle twitches in quad and calf muscles with no loss of muscle strength?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 41-year-old male who is 5'10" and in pretty good shape. However, last week while I was sitting on the couch at night I noticed muscle twitches in my quad muscles. I ignored it thinking maybe I walked or exercised more than normal. But since then they have not gone away and I no...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Such muscle twitching can happen in few medical conditions like anxiety, motor neuron disease, nerve injury, benign fasciculation syndrome, and hyperthyroidism. If you do not have any weakness or muscle thinning, it may be due to anxiety. I suggest to observe it. ...  Read Full »

I am suffering from health anxiety and scared of ALS. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from health anxiety, and I am scared of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). I started getting muscle twitches all over my body about six months ago. It started after I stopped taking Valium 10 mg daily for seven months (in suppository form). However, they still occur. I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your symptoms could be related to benign fasciculation syndrome, which is associated with multiple muscle fasciculations in the absence of any neurological disorders. Of course, anxiety can trigger this clinical situation. As your EMG (electromyography) was normal, we ca...  Read Full »

Can muscle twitching be induced by tapping the injured area in BFS?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a minor hamstring injury last month and currently, I am receiving physical therapy. In addition, I visited a neurologist for peripheral neuropathy in my foot. Last year my neurologist diagnosed me with benign fasciculation syndrome (BFS). After the injury, I am getting twitches i...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query and I understand your concern. A person with benign fasciculation syndrome (BFS) or ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)cannot induce twitching. These are automatically produced and cannot be in fact controlled by oneself. I need few more details in...  Read Full »

I have had fasciculation on my left thigh for the last three days. How likely is it to be ALS?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old female, having continuous fasciculations on my left thigh for the last three days. How likely it is to be ALS?  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I would like to know some details about your symptoms: 1. Are the fasciculations you mentioned limited to the left thigh or some other body parts? If yes, please tell me which body parts. 2. Are these fasciculations visible by eyes or only felt by you inside? 3. D...  Read Full »

My whole body has consistent twitching, especially in the right thigh. Is it due to ALS?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed consistent twitching in my right thigh a couple of months ago. Since then, my symptoms have been body-wide twitching and perceived weakness in my legs and arms. Nearly a year ago, I began having a popping sensation on the right side of my throat when I swallowed. I had an ul...  Read Full »

Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and can explain that your symptoms are not suggestive of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). I suggest your symptoms are more related to benign fasciculation syndrome. For this reason, I suggest you take a low dose of Clonazepam instead of ...  Read Full »

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