Last Modified on Jun 07, 2014
While benign fasciculation syndrome or BFS is generally harmless, it can be frustrating and even annoying. However, home remedies can help treat the condition and give you at least some peace of mind (and muscle) back. Sea salt and magnesium are two of the most common supplemental treatments, but changing your diet may also help alleviate the issue.
What Is Benign Fasciculation Syndrome?
Benign fasciculation syndrome is a neurological condition in which certain muscles twitch or spasm uncontrollably. The muscles most commonly affected are those in the eyelids and arms; however, you may also experience spasming in your feet and legs. Unlike an acute round of twitching, BFS continues on for extended periods of time and is only temporarily paused by activating the twitching muscle.
What Causes Muscle Twitching?
While muscle fasciculation is often linked to neurological issues such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, the term “benign” fasciculation syndrome refers to a condition that is unrelated to a more serious injury or disability. In terms of benign fasciculation, the cause of your muscle spasms is more likely related to increased stress, altered sleeping patterns, a new medication, or various other issues. Additional causes of the condition include bug bites or stings, pregnancy, dehydration, fatigue, nutrient deficiency, and others.
Can Natural Remedies Reduce Muscle Spasms?
We suggest consulting your doctor prior to self-treating with natural remedies primarily to rule out more aggressive conditions, but in the event that your condition is benign, natural remedies are particularly effective. Magnesium and sea salt are two of the best treatment options, but you may also want to try changing your diet.
Magnesium plays a part in over 300 chemical reactions in your body. Among its roles are maintaining energy level and controlling stress. As such, taking a magnesium supplement can help calm your neural responses and relieve issues of BFS.
2. Sea Salt
The sodium present in salt helps your body transmit information to your nerves and muscles. Upping your salt intake can help your muscles and nerves communicate more effectively and reduce fasciculation.
3. Dietary Changes
BFS may be the result of a food allergy or sensitivity. As such, changing your diet to limit gluten, wheat, dairy, or other allergy-prone foods can help alleviate the condition.
Try one of these treatment options to reduce involuntary muscle spasms or add one of your own suggestions to our list below!
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] About a few weeks ago I decided to begin eating really healthy. I had a blood allergy test many years ago, and found out I was allergic/sensitive to many foods, the most common: gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs, and more. I decided to try out for 2 weeks to be a sugar-free, gluten-free, vegan. A very restrictive diet. I only lasted 12 days, but have continued to eat better than before, very little sugar, little meat, possible traces of gluten, very little dairy no glasses of milk or ice cream. So far, for the past week and a half I have had significantly reduced twitching. I'm not sure if my change of my eating habits is the cause, but if not, then it is highly coincidental. If you are experiencing BFS, I suggest trying this for awhile, it's worth a try.
Below is my journey to this healthier way of eating...
I also, have been diagosed with benign fasciculation syndrome. It started a in March 2012. I was in grad school, so I did alot of sitting (studying, writing reports, sitting in class), and a lot of unhelathy eating. The only thing I did stay away from was caffeine (except in chocolate). I relied on sugar as an energy source. The only other thing that I know I did around the beginning of my twitching was, I planted grass and ended up getting the fertilized soil all over (chemicals, possible pesticides). Anyway, I'm not sure what was the catalyst for the continuous twitiching, I just know I had it. Mentally, it took a toll on me. Here I was in a motor speech disorders class and had learned all about neuromuscular degenerative disorders. In addition, I had just learned that my gradmother on my father's side died from ALS. Clearly, I was worried. I went to the doctor and my doctor said, "I don't know what it is", had me do a couple of squats, made me resist against her pushing my arm down, and then said come back if I have true weakness and slurred speech. Well, of course at that point I would, but why should I wait and not find out what was going on. I asked for a referral to a neurologist, which she obliged, but since she hadn't done any CT's, or MRI's, or really anything but a CBC, I had a long wait. Mentally, I couldn't wait I needed to put my mind to ease, or begin soem type of treatment. I ended up at a neurologist who didn't have the best reviews, the office wasn't the most cleanest office I've been in, and his bedside manners weren't any better. He did an EMG which came out clean (not ALS thankfully) and did not feel it necessary to do an MRI (maybe to check for MS). He said I had BFS. Of course, I had already looked this information up before so I knew what that meant. I've had twitching ever since in every muscle imagineable (tongue, bottom of feet, etc...).