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Fasciculations, headache, and nausea

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  • Posted By: SebastianE
  • January 19, 2010
  • 09:24 PM


I had muscle fasciculations for many months now, particularly in the legs. During the last 18 months I have been working a lot (>12 hours a day as a software developer, 6-7 days a week) and had little sleep and a high level of caffeine consumption. Lately, the fasciculations tend to occur more often and on various parts of the body (mainly the legs and arms and my left eye lid). I have learned to live with these symptoms. I should also note that my muscles are rather tense as a result of spending long periods of time in front of a screen.

What really worries me is that I had a headache for over 10 days now as well as a low energy level / fatigue. The headache has been subsiding a bit every day. The only form of headache I now experience is a light "stab feeling" either on the left hand side or the right hand side nearby the temples. Today I have been experiencing nausea. I did not vomit but was afraid that it could happen. I am wondering whether these could be symptoms of a brain tumor and which doctor I should see.

Thank you for your help!


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  • This is going to sound wierd, but I actually wanted to thank you.I've had these "fasciculations" all my life, but have always figured that they were just something everyone had to deal with. When I Wiki'd the term though, it mentioned that they could be due to a magnesium deficiency. The only reason this is of interest to me is because I also suffer from Ice Pick Headaches (similar to the stabbing feeling you're getting, only REALLY painful), a condition for which I haven't been able to find any sort of cause. I've heard that they could be diet-related though, so I'm wondering if magnesium has something to do with that too...Thanks for mentioning that term anyways. It's given me an interesting lead.As for your headaches, they don't sound like a brain tumor. From what I've been told, tumor headaches would be localized and constant, whereas yours are more general and fading. If you're really concerned, though, see your GP and maybe he/she can refer you to a neurologist.Kathy
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 19, 2010
    • 11:25 PM
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  • Thank you for your response! I'm glad that I could give you a lead in your research. You should also look into the Benign Fasciculation Syndrome (BFS). No other list of symptoms fits my situation as precisely as the one associated with BFS.I am wondering how often BFS and headaches go together. I would greatly appreciate any reports from readers of this board on this matter.I have read multiple times that magnesium deficiency can cause or increase fasciculations as well as other related symptoms like anxiety.Regards,Sebastian
    SebastianE 1 Replies
    • January 20, 2010
    • 02:55 AM
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