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Old 06-27-2010, 12:41 PM   #1
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Shoulder and leg

My list of symptoms is long and i will try to be as thorough as possible.

As i write this my left hand feels oddly weak, as well as my left arm.
it's hard for me to walk because my kneecap feels stiff and clicks, also
my left leg feels weak, come to think of it the whole side of my left body feels weak.

I have clicking in my back, in my shoulder, in my wrists and in my knees, and in my ankles. These used to click before, but the clicking is more presistant and common now. I also have a crunching sound in my head when i turn my neck from time to time, also pretty common, and I am always tired.

It seemed to all start a few months ago, while walking to work my knee would stiffen up, then while in a hot shower my shoulder and knee on the left side would both get numb, leaving the shower the numbness would go away.
when I walk I hear this clicking sound in my knee\head (it's hard to tell where it is coming from)

I have a history of panic attacks, and I will admit that i went through a very tramatic emotionally charged experience a little over a month ago, but my shoulder issues were still present before any of that happened.

I have read that ALS starts off with a stiff extremity, and i am scared to death :\

 
Old 06-27-2010, 07:11 PM   #2
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Re: Shoulder and leg

I'm no expert or doctor but this doesn't sound like ALS to me. My mother's ALS began with extreme weakness in one hand/arm. She could no longer open jars, button clothes, etc. It then started in the other arm. Her legs were next. While ALS may start on one side of the body, it quickly effects both sides. Throughout her disease, I don't remember any "clicking". Panic will only make it worse.

 
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:35 AM   #3
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Re: Shoulder and leg

Thanks for the reply, I am sorry to hear about your mother, and I am sorry for everyone who has, or knows someone that has been stricken by this illness.
you are all very brave souls, and there are chairs in heaven waiting for all of you.

Just the thought of having this ailment is terrifying, but after doing my home work more i think my problems are coming from elsewhere. one thing that has come out of it for me though is my eyes have been opened to this terrible disease, and after i find out what is wrong with me\recoup enough to function again i will very much consider doing volunteer work for families dealing with this...

 
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