I have been experiencing twitching in different body parts, but now I have twitching in my stomach too. Can this be a sign of ALS?

Q. Is twitching of body parts along with stomach twitches an early sign of (ALS)?

Answered by
Dr. Seyedaidin Sajedi
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 09, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am an anxious guy and often have twitching in different parts of my body. But now I can feel twitching in my stomach too. I read that this is not common and could be an early sign of ALS. Do I need to worry?



Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thank you for your query.

I suggest you to give me a few more details:

  1. How long do you have these muscle twitches?
  2. Do you have weakness or muscle wastage (atrophy) in any limb, especially in distal parts of the hands or feet?

Thank you.

Hello doctor,

Thank you for the reply.

  1. I have been experiencing twitches in my body for many years. But I am having twitches in my stomach only for a couple of weeks and I do not have them all the time.
  2. No, I do not have weakness or muscle wastage.

Is having stomach twitching uncommon or can benign twitching occur all over the body?



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Considering your history, your problem is suggestive of benign fasciculation syndrome (BFS). It is the most prevalent cause of long-standing generalized muscle twitches and it is a benign condition. If your problem was ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), after such a long time you would have undoubtedly had muscle atrophy. BFS can manifest in every muscle including the abdominal wall muscles. In contrast, abdominal wall muscle twitching is less prevalent in the initial stages of ALS.

I hope this has helped you.

Thank you.

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