Weight Lifting Issues with BFS?

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Weight Lifting Issues with BFS?

Postby HonkeyKong on October 22nd, 2014, 10:49 am

Quick Background: 31/m Triceps, shoulders, feet 24/7 twtching started in mid-July and has not let up. I've have two clean clincials and two clean emgs, first of left arm (Aug.), second on entire left side (Sept.) and they both came back clean. Both neuros (second a NMD specialist) diagnosed me with BFS.

Before all of my twitching began in July I would lift weights three to four times per week without any problems at all and I would see steady muscle gains. Since the BFS started I haven't felt the urge to lift nearly as much (I still do), but I also don't feel the same after a work out. I'm also not really gaining strength like I was and I seem to fatigue a lot quicker than normal. Does anyone else experience this with BFS. It's driving me crazy. I've been on anti depression/anxiety pills, which have been working because I haven't googled or even talked about that three letter acronym that we all fear since I've been on them. I've been taking vitamins, magnesium, calcium, b12, potassium....

Anyone else deal with excercising issues? I feel like such a bum, but my motivation level is next to nil, and even when I force it, I get the pumps after word, but they go away quickly and my muscles seem to be losing their density. Very frustrating stuff.
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Re: Weight Lifting Issues with BFS?

Postby RIno468 on October 22nd, 2014, 12:21 pm

I was / am in a similar situation like yours -- i work out regularly (weights, grappling) --

Got twitches (not twitchy enough for an EMG apparently though) but started therapy for anxiety and I take meds / anti anxiety.

The first two weeks I was a bum, no motivation for anything, just pretty lazy -- when I would work out I wasn't really into it, just going through the motions.

However - I realized that everythig i was "seeing" -- muscle density differences, etc etc, was all mental and the only way to prove that to myself was to lift heavy and try and PR every workout. I did that for about 2 months -- at first because of the increased activity my twitches started up with a vengeance -- but as I saw those gains -- 5lbs per week it seemed -- it helped me realize that I am not weak (you dont have much of a choice when youre ATG squats 220, you got to push that up or hurt yourself) -- once i got over that -- the motivation came back -- i stayed on a strength building (or in my view, strength verifying) program for 2 months, then I went to more isolated exercises to increase muscle mass -- and that so far has worked out.

Based on what you said, it seems like its more mental than anything.
You may not be pushing yourself as hard as you used to?
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Re: Weight Lifting Issues with BFS?

Postby HonkeyKong on October 22nd, 2014, 12:51 pm

RIno468 wrote:I was / am in a similar situation like yours -- i work out regularly (weights, grappling) --

Got twitches (not twitchy enough for an EMG apparently though) but started therapy for anxiety and I take meds / anti anxiety.

The first two weeks I was a bum, no motivation for anything, just pretty lazy -- when I would work out I wasn't really into it, just going through the motions.

However - I realized that everythig i was "seeing" -- muscle density differences, etc etc, was all mental and the only way to prove that to myself was to lift heavy and try and PR every workout. I did that for about 2 months -- at first because of the increased activity my twitches started up with a vengeance -- but as I saw those gains -- 5lbs per week it seemed -- it helped me realize that I am not weak (you dont have much of a choice when youre ATG squats 220, you got to push that up or hurt yourself) -- once i got over that -- the motivation came back -- i stayed on a strength building (or in my view, strength verifying) program for 2 months, then I went to more isolated exercises to increase muscle mass -- and that so far has worked out.

Based on what you said, it seems like its more mental than anything.
You may not be pushing yourself as hard as you used to?


Thanks for responding! It's always conforting when someone is going through the same thing you are. You're right when saying that I've turned down the intensity of my work outs. I always thought of myself as being a mentally tough person until this stuff all started. I can still max the same amount of weight but my repetitions have steadily decreased and that switch I usually flip to push through the pain is non-existant. I've also experienced the increased twitching after my lifts and it's bothered me to the point that i've backed off. I've accepted that this is BFS and not *** so i figured that that would help, but no luck so far. I'm used to just "manning" up through all of my injuries, but this BFS nonsense is just so frustrating.
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Re: Weight Lifting Issues with BFS?

Postby RIno468 on October 22nd, 2014, 1:36 pm

What I have found that has helped --

I eat a banana about an hour before i workout --

If i take a preworkout -- (with caffeine) i ensure that i stay hydrated thge whole time (meaning ill have a sip of water after every set)

If I dont take a preworkout -- I just take a drink every other set --

I also stretch the parts of my body that twitch alot -- for me its my calves / knees / foot -- so i so stretch them out pretty good -- it doesnt matter if im not working that muscle (ex: Chest day i would still stretch my legs) -- i also do a warmup -- light jumping jacks or some non explosive burpees to get the heart pumping...

Then after the workout -- ill foam roll the twitchy parts -- followed by either another banana or some sort of electrolyte drink (I take Amino1 from Muscle Pharm) and then protein.

You have to remember that as a twitcher and worryer our bodies are hyperaware of every little thing going on -- so we need to take extra measures to ensure that we give our muscles the best chance to not twitch so much.

If you were like me -- once you see the gains in strength you will realize that an MND should not really be in your scope of things wrong with you and it gets easier with time.

I used to never warm up, never hydrate, never stretch, or foam roll -- as ive gotten older -- and now that Ive implemented this -- its helped 100x...

I dont know if you are a coffee drinker, but it is a good idea at this time to lay off -- i stopped taking preworkouts and drinking coffee until i had this under control.... or as best as control as I could make it anyway.
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Re: Weight Lifting Issues with BFS?

Postby dolphin8808 on October 22nd, 2014, 8:05 pm

My twitches increase after workouts too! I am in the gym 5-6 days per week and they have def kicked up lately. See Nuero Friday and am scared to death. I can still lift my max weight but it feels like I struggle a bit more with it. Not sure if it's psychological and I'm freaking myself out that it's a weakness?

Over this *beep*. Pinched a nerve in my back and all of this started
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