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    Fasciculations

    I know that fasciculations are a "feature" of MND as set out here;

    https://www.mndassociation.org/forpr...scle-weakness/

    But I wonder if any more is known about why they occur?

    My fantasy (meaning statement without any factual backup) is that this is the brain hunting for a connection to a muscle when the old connection does not exist?

    I understand there is some evidence of redundancy in neurological connections?

    Or is it an overexcited motor neurone twanging the muscle as a precursor to that motor neurone dying and the muscle ceasing to function?

    I ask, as you may imagine, as I saw some rather large fasciculations in my right arm this morning where I've only up to now have minor twitching in the bicep - my left arm is weak but my right arm has not been affected up to now and indeed seems to be operating normally at the moment.
    Warmly


    Andy

    ​Diagnosed 03/2015. One sided limb onset (arm) sporadic ALS/MND. MND hitting - now 50% left arm and 90% right arm, plus other bits including left shoulder

    "Things turn out the best for people who make the best of the way things turn out"

    #2
    Hi Andy;

    I'm with you and think it's nerves trying to connect or getting confused and triggering muscles.

    I don't think that it is a good sign but it doesn't mean that you will soon lose that muscle.

    Love Terry
    TB once said that "The forum is still the best source for friendship and information."

    It will only remain so if new people post and keep us updated on things that work or don't work and tips.

    Please post on old threads that are of use so that others see them and feel free to start new subjects and threads.

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      #3
      Dear Andy

      Thank you for your post

      You ask about why fasiculations occur. This is not exactly known.
      In MND it seems that they are caused by motor neurones that are dying and flicker randomly causing muscles to "twitch". They can also be caused by motor neurones being overexcited and firing in response, again causing flickering under the surface of the skin, or "twitching".
      In some cases the fasciculation are followed by a deterioration in muscle strength in the area where the fasciculations have occurred.
      Some people experience an increase in fasiculations when they are stressed.
      I do hope that this is helpful, but I think that you had already presumed most of this.
      It is good to know that your right arm is at the moment functioning normally.

      Please feel free to contact us by email o0r on our free phone number 0808 802 6262 from Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm when we would be pleased to talk to you about anything related to MND.

      Best wishes.

      Jane.



      some cases the fasiculations are more pronounced when the person is stressed.
      MND Connect
      Contact us on 0808 802 6262 or at [email protected]

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        #4
        Good afternoon Terry and Jane,

        Thank you both.

        So exactly what is going on is not known.

        I await further research!

        Best

        Andy
        Warmly


        Andy

        ​Diagnosed 03/2015. One sided limb onset (arm) sporadic ALS/MND. MND hitting - now 50% left arm and 90% right arm, plus other bits including left shoulder

        "Things turn out the best for people who make the best of the way things turn out"

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          #5
          In plain English, an explanation is:

          Fasciculations are caused by the tips of nerves coming into contact with nearby muscles, sending an electrical signal which causes the muscle to twitch. We experience muscle twitching as the signal from the nerves to the muscles becomes more disrupted - MND is a disease affecting the nerves after all.
          ​Diagnosed 03/2007. Sporadic Definite ALS/MND Spinal (hand) Onset.
          Eye gaze user - No functional limbs - No speech - Feeding tube - Overnight NIV.

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