So I am kind of thinking of writing a self help book but I would like to share something with all of you wondering why you are having Fasciculations. Now, fasciculations and twitching are two different things. Fasciculations are say you look at your bicep and notice it is pulsating but your whole arm is not jerking about, just only the muscle is, that is a fasciculation. It is a tiny contraction of the muscle as it recovers from something. Twitching is like a whole body part jerk.
I have had benign fasciculation syndrome for a little over a year now. It is finally easing up. Zoloft can cause fasciculations, and I started weaning down. I feel better/excellent weaning down. THe fasciculations are becoming less and less. I only get them maybe about 3 hours per day instead of all day long. Happens especially for about an hour after I eat, especially if I eat carbs. I think that is due to how food makes you absorb zoloft more. Also, I always get them in my hips after my daily walks... so I need to do even more stretching. THAT IS TOTALLY NORMAL. THAT MEANS you are healthy and active so keep it up!!!
FASCICULATIONS ARE NOT A SYMPTOM OF MS AND ALS!!! THey only become visible after noticeable muscle atrophy, shrinkage, major disturbances of gait, stuff like that, and they usually never happen in MS, unless the MS patient is likely on an anxiety medication.
I have 3 family members and friends also with MS so I do know what I am talking about.
I work in the medical field so I do know what I am talking about.
Fasciculations seem to be highly common amongst athletic people, people with celiac disease, and people on medications for anxiety.
Fasciculations after a workout are normal. That happens if you do not stretch enough before the workout... even a simple 20 minute brisk walk will cause them if you do not appropriately stretch and warm up before the routine. Not enough carbs or dehydration, high protein low carb diets, electolyte disturbances will cause them as well. Make sure to stay appropriately hydrated and have enough carbs before your workout. IF you can't think straight and start feeling depressed, unlike yourself, and are an athlete, that happens when you do not consume enough carbs. Basically, you are starving your brain when you get like that. You may also get heart palpitations from that (the heart is a muscle). Even your esophagus may spasm (another muscle). You may start to have bowel problems due to disruption of the colon (muscles of the colon may randomly contract faster resulting in loose mucus stool or contract slower resulting in constipation).
In celiac disease, a lot of weird things happens, not always bowel related, but more neuromuscular in my opinion. Fasciculations happen because in celiac, if the patient is consuming gluten, as the villi become destroyed, they will not be able to absorb magnesium. Magnesium makes muscles relax. Calcium makes them contract. Celiac sufferers have a lot of strange problems. ANything that can damage small bowel such as Crohn's will cause disturbances due to not being able to absorb vitamin b-12 and other vitamins/minerals. Being on a PPI longterm such as nexium may cause low magnesium levels as well. Patients on PPIs which is like the entire world in my opinion (and they do not need to be on these meds in my experience in most cases) should be having magnesium testing done routinely a few times per year and they do not.
ANXIETY meds cause fasciculations. THey may lay on an "H" receptor and cause electrical random contractions of muscles.
Now in my case, I have all of the above working against me which is why I probably developed them, but for me, I think the main reason was the zoloft.
ALso, I was doing a paleo diet a while with working out and then I stopped paleo diet after a month and ate carbs but very low carbs.
There is a 1% chance I could have celiac disease but I do not believe so. I have duodenal lymphocytosis and crypt hyperplasia, so I may have a little difficulty absorbing stuff at times but i have no deficiencies and I do not carry DQ2/8 genes and TTG Iga and TTG IgG normal, thus, in my mind, I am not reacting to gluten. ANd my magnesium levels are fine. IN my professional opinion it is the zoloft. My PCP agrees as well. I have been on zoloft over 10 years, 50 mg. This all started about a month after I had stopped taking it and then restarted taking it (i just went off after like a 2 week period which was stupid but i just wanted away from it) along with 1 month of zanax usage, the low dose. I then also may have had salmonella (test was equivocal) and I had gotten norovirus (test was positive) same exact time so basically i was sick of a dog for a little bit and camped out in my bathroom lol.
I also kind of believe fasciculations can follow a viral or bacterial infection, kind of like a post-infectious type thing, like say if the infection can cross the blood brain barrier as in lymes disease.
So there you have it. Fasciculations are no cause of concern. If you are getting them it is most likely due to not stretching before exercising and not consuming enough carbs, or from a medication you may be on. THe trick is to figure out a way to relax the muscles. Daily stretching should also greatly help. YOU HAVE NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT!!!!! TRUST ME!!!!!