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Muscle Twitching

What can cause intermitten muscle twitching (such as BFS)? Are there any long-term damage?

As well as intermitten and occasional muscle twiches all over, I've had persistent muscle twitching at a specifc place in my leg, just above the knee, for the last 7 days. Should I be worried?

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Dear JC:

Sorry that your having muscle fasciculations.  They really can be a source of worry and frustration.  We worry about fasciculations when they are accompanied by objective muscle weakness, muscle atrophy, and no sensory symptoms.  They can occur in diseases of the spinal cord such as a radiculopathy, neuronal disease such as a peripheral neuropathy, or metabolic disease.  In the case where there are no findings of a neurological disease (usually meaning a normal neurological exam, normal laboratory values of routine blood work), a medical history of no chronic neurological diseases or trauma, the diagnosis by exclusion is benign fasciculations.  They cause no damage, either muscular or neuronal, and they can wax and wane in their presence.  Fatigue and anxiety can make them worse.  They can present for days to years.  They can be localized or generalized over the whole body.  Sometimes they follow a viral illness, but sometimes they just seem to show up.  

Sometimes it is best to see a neurologist and comfirm the diagnosis and allow this to ease your mind.  Most of the people I have seen with benign fasiculations are worried about ALS and the blessing of the neurologist often helps the patient to rest easier.

I hope this helps.

Sincerely,

CCF Neuro MD
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Can you help me out.

I am 50 years old, female, and recently began having muscle twitching all over my body, face, legs, arms, back, feet.  I also have a buzzing sensation in both feet and in both big toes.  Some pins and needles for 3 weeks but they seem to be better.  I can sometimes make the twitching go away by laying down on the floor with support under my neck and total relaxation.  My posture is terrible, sitting at computer all day at work.  I have no pain or muscle weakness, no abnormal gait or speech problems.

I have appt with neurologist, Cat scan came back normal and no lyme disease.
Of course I am terrified of ALS, MS or something just as bad.


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MY MUSCLE ON THE THEIGH JUST NEAR THE KNEE  TWITCHES WHEN AT REST/SLEEPING.THIS HAPPENES AFTER SOME PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, MORE ON THE LEGS.IT DISTURBS MY SLEEP.PLS ADVISE AS TO WHY IT HAPPENS & WHAT SHOULD TO DONE TO GET RID OF IT.I HAVE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS B'CAUSE OF THAT.
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