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MS Worry - MS VS BFS - Or is it either? Twitching.
« on: January 14, 2014, 06:23:48 PM »
Hey guys... i've recently posted about my muscle jerks/twitches i get. They are all over but mainly in my legs and hands (My finger can sometimes jump on it's own haha) They don't happen 24/7 but they seem to be happening more recently. (If you've already posted on my other post - i'm sorry for sounding a bit repetitive! I just thought i'd focus this on the MS worry - sorry for being a pain!)

My legs and hands feel strange? or weak ever since is started OBSESSING over my twitches - before then i was having twitches and no strange feelings or any weakness. Only when i've started obsessing and constantly analyzing - Yep, that old thing. - I'm thinking it's because i've become super aware of my limbs... hahaha.

Anyway.. how would i know this isn't MS and instead something like BFS - benign fasciculation syndrome? What's the difference in twitches or symtpoms? I've heard a lot of people say it wouldn't be ALL over the body twitches - which mine are - if it was MS... but i don't know!

I'm probably being silly - Any help would be great!

Thanks! :)
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Re: MS Worry - MS VS BFS - Or is it either? Twitching.
« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2014, 06:24:43 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2014, 06:52:01 PM »
I'm sort of in the same boat , MS worries and obsessively focused on my arms and legs ! I no what you mean for sure !
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Re: MS Worry - MS VS BFS - Or is it either? Twitching.
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2014, 07:19:17 PM »
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They are all over but mainly in my legs and hands

Not MS.

These types of muscle twitches are extremely common for anxiety sufferers. It's just anxiety - once you accept that anxiety is all it is and that these twitches are annoying at best, they'll start going away. The more you sweat it, the longer they'll stick around.

Curing anxiety is a practice of mind over matter where one has to accept that anxiety is at the root and it is not harmful.
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Re: MS Worry - MS VS BFS - Or is it either? Twitching.
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2014, 07:30:12 PM »
I've experienced twitching very similar to what you're experiencing. My index finger jumping, at one point my pinky toe on my right foot moving up and down, thigh muscles, back muscles, around the eye,... if it's a muscle, it twitched at some point. Of course my fear was ALS thanks to Dr. Google. But all the anxiety started because doctors were concerned my wife was showing the early signs of MS. So over the next two months and after a meeting a lot of Dr's a learned a lot about HA's two favorite neurological diseases.

Having twitching all over is not the way MS nor ALS first show up. As the MS specialist explained to us, having symptoms bi-laterally throughout your body points away from MS. The disease attacks the outer covering of the nerves starting in one area of the brain or spine. So in order for you to be experiencing physical symptoms all over would mean that the disease had attacked multiple places along your spine and in your brain. This would not be possible until years into the disease and other symptoms would be much more pronounced.

BFS is diagnosed by eliminating all other causes. You can have a MRI, an EMG, blood panels and such and when it all comes back clear, the diagnosis will be BFS. But without any weakness (true weakness - like falling over or not being able to turn a door knob) or any other major symptoms, I'd focus on the anxiety. I know it's scary and I sat there and worried about these deadly diseases for about three months and just waited for things to finally get worse. Then I attacked it like it was anxiety and things started to improve dramatically. It's hard to accept because the physical symptoms are so annoying and scary and your doing body scans every 5 minutes. But if you can addressing the anxiety it will gradually get better. Hope this helps.
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« Reply #5 on: January 15, 2014, 03:46:54 AM »
Thanks so much for your help guys! Knowing the difference has really helped...
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