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Old 04-02-2006, 09:52 AM   #1
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Early sign of ALS

Hey Yall
Im new to the board I need some questions answered -My father died of ALS-at the age of 74- Iam 45- male -white- I have severe pain in left shoulder area (rhamboids-teres-trapezius- top of deltoid)that radiates down through my left arm-affecting pinky and ring finger(slightly stiff at the moment)-i have burning and cold sensations in same areas. pain goes through triceps-(top of)-rib cage is affected mainly on left side muscles tense and burning and numbing sensation on left side- just recently i am haveing pain on right side same area in shoulder-scapular-teres-rhamboids- (have what feels like faciculations in the shoulder area)- moving into rib cage-hurts when i take a deep breath. left leg is giving me trouble mainly hip and outside of left calf muscle feels overworked-like strained- foot on top goes numb mainly toe next to big toe- have had mri on neck and head both came back unremarkable- just waiting to see neuro again 3 weeks away- I do have faciculations mainly in calf muscles but also in the tricep of the left arm- and now noticing faciulations on sole of foot-- Weakness is perceived but i can still lift things and hold onto things burns like hec to use left arm- Please comment or post back if you have experience with early signs of ALS thank You

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Old 04-11-2006, 09:46 AM   #2
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Re: Early sign of ALS

I had some fear about possible ALS/MS and just recently went to a university neurologist so here are a few key things I learned. ALS will usually present itself in hands, feet, or swallowing or speaking difficulty. It usually starts in a hand or foot and will work its way up from the affected extremity and will not jump around. It will work to debilitate that whole limb then move on to another limb. Weakness is usually the first symptom noticed not twitching and as long as you can still move the limb its not considered clinical weakness. For instance if you needed to move out of the path of a oncoming car with ALS you couldn't do it with something less major you can. Hope this helps a little remember it is very rare. It used to be considered hereditary but many new reports that it may not be. A visit to a university neuro or ALS specialist would be beneficial and best of luck.

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