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Is BFS or BFCS hereditary?

PostPosted: August 20th, 2014, 8:23 pm
by leaflea
Earlier today Twitchydoc wrote this:

"I find it quite interesting that according to Eisen, BFS may be reccessively inherited - which is confirmed by Matt and probably me, as my grandfather has had fasciculations for at least 12 month (I noticed last summer)."
I thought it would be interesting to get a small sample to see what people's general experience is (I did use the search function and didn't find a thread devoted to this topic).

My mother and grandmother cramped. Hard, long lasting cramps everywhere. My 19 year old son and 15 year old son have complained of twitching at different times.

A couple weeks ago I visited a third generation neuro with my 74 year old mother because of her severe cramping. Who has 7 clinics around the Twin Cities (MN) and he got almost excited/giddy to hear that I cramp also. He said "you see, there seems to be something hereditary about all this!" He didn't have any answers, but seemed to be sort of collecting his own anecdotal evidence for something he has observed before (he had to be at leat 70). He did say both cramps and fasics are "very common."

Re: Is BFS or BFCS hereditary?

PostPosted: August 21st, 2014, 12:19 am
by TwitchyDoc
Remember, what I wrote was a quote from a book authored by prof. A. Eisen. I have sent him a message, asking what is this claim based on. But if I remember correctly, cramps can be inherited normally.

Re: Is BFS or BFCS hereditary?

PostPosted: August 21st, 2014, 1:18 am
by Meled
My mother and my brother twitch a lot too !!

Re: Is BFS or BFCS hereditary?

PostPosted: August 21st, 2014, 9:30 am
by Yuliasir
my mom is cramping, but there are no twitchers in the family, except me.

but as far as I can see, cramps (at least common leg cramps) might be of circulatory origin.

Re: Is BFS or BFCS hereditary?

PostPosted: August 25th, 2014, 1:45 pm
by Arkansan
My mother has some symptomatic similarities to me. My mother, brother, myself, and one of my cousins at least, all have a slight tremor to our hands. Seems to come on fairly young and just sort of hang around forever. I seem to recall seeing a speculated link between familial tremoring and BFS.