Dear Ask The Doctor: Do I have Benign Fasciculation Syndrome? My Name is Andre I'm 24 for about a year I've been experiencing Muscle twitching, Pain, Pins and Needles feelings,Headache, Itching, muscle stiffness,and tremor. Now just about all over my body. I have had EEG,MRI,EMG, Neuro exam, all are clean. My family treats me like I'm crazy and so do my doctors I'm very hurt and disappointed. I do suffer form ADHD, GAD,and Social phobia. But I strongly belive I have a Nervous System Disorder. I had been on Valium and now I'm on Ativan and my symptoms do improve with those drug but only at high amounts. I feel hopeless about getting a diagnosis besides anxiety. I need to know that this is Neurological. I belive it's Benign Fasciculation Syndrome.
Dear Andre: Sometimes involuntary muscular contractions, called fasciculations can occur as a result of Hypokalemia (low potassium), peripheral nerves or muscular problems, vitamin deficiencies , anxiety or simply occur in a spontaneous way with no identifiable cause, like the cramps. These fasciculations usually cause a temporary nuisance and typically resolve on their own without treatment. When muscle fasciculations continually recur, it is time to seek an evaluation by a physician. The primary treatment of muscle fasciculations involves methods to relax the affected muscle. This typically involves stretching, massage, and heat application.