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Could Muscle Twitches Be Symptom of MS?

May 23, 2017

In an article published in Living Well, Julia Stachowiak discusses muscle twitches and whether or not they’re a symptom of multiple sclerosis (MS). Muscle twitches, also called fasciculations, are a common symptom in other neurodegenerative diseases, such as amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It appears that many MS patients also experience the same twitches from time to time. However, after extensive research, Stachowiak couldn’t find a link between fasciculations and multiple sclerosis. But based on her own experience and the experience of others with MS, she still believes there is one.

There are internet forums used by the MS community, which would suggest that some MS patients also experience regular muscle twitching and believe it’s a symptom of their MS. One user named Chueykooh brought up the issue on shift.ms, by discussing how frustrating his calf twitches can be. Other people on the forum  said they could relate. On overcomingms.org, a user named Emma1 also shared her experience with calf twitches. Other users talked about twitches on their legs, eyes, and other parts of the body. This topic is also discussed on mymsteam.com, where users talk about some of the medications they’ve been prescribed to help with the symptom.