Benign Fasciculation Syndrome, at first glance, can be mistaken for other disorders suchs as ALS. The symptoms of Benign Fasciculation Syndrome are similar to that of other muscle disorders. The difference is, Benign Fasciculation Syndrome or BFS is an inherited disorder with an unknown cause. There are certain tests that can be done to differentiate Benign Fasciculation Syndrome from other disorders. But, what is BFS?
Benign Fasciculation Syndrome is a disorder that is neurologically based. The main characteristics of this syndrome is the involuntary twitching it causes in certain areas of the body. Most notably, you can see twitching from Benign Fasciculation Syndrome in the eyelids, arms, legs, and feet. In some cases, the tongue has been shown to be effected as well. The twitching can pop up sporadically or be more of a constant irritant.
The symptoms to look out for all have to do with dificulty in performing basic motor-skilled functions. A person suffering from Benign Fasciculation Syndrome can be seen having trouble writing, making precision hand and arm movements, and even suffering from being clumsy. You can notice a tremor in their speech as well. Other symptoms include anxiety, nausea, sweating, and bouts of nervousness.
There are treatments available that help to curb the adverse effects of Benign Fasciculation Syndrome. Taking Primodone or propanolol tablets, as well as injections of Botulinum toxins have shown to lessen the effects. A more invasive procedure known as a "thalatomy", or surgery on the thalamus can be peformed. The thalamus is the part of the brain that regulates synaptic transmissions throughout the body, so tweaking it can help with the nervous twitching.