It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Message Board

Is this symptom typical of ALS?

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-03-2010, 10:38 AM   #1
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 1
GrdLock02 HB User
Is this symptom typical of ALS?

I see there's a lot of "is it ALS" threads here, but I looked through a lot of them and didn't see anything congruent with what I'm asking, so I'll start another thread.

I developed "foot drop" a month or so ago. I first noticed it while I was jogging, every time my foot would hit the ground, I would feel a tingly sensation going into my big toe on my right foot. A few days later I noticed I couldn't lift my foot at the ankle much. Since then, nothing has changed, so I went to a general practitioner yesterday. They did some blood work, and she referred me to a neurologist which I'm going to see tomorrow.

Now, I'm pretty convinced ALS isn't the issue here, but when I told the doctor I thought it was more of a nerve compression issue, she shrugged that off, and when I told her two of my mom's cousins have ALS, she seemed bothered by that, although she didn't say anything. But from what I've read, 90-95% of cases of ALS have nothing to do with genetics, and people with family members with ALS are typically not at any greater risk than anyone else.

I do get muscle twitches occasionally all over my body, but that's been going on for as long as I can remember, never really seemed to be a problem.... just minor twitches that last a few minutes. I'm 26 now.

It seems to me that since I felt the tingly sensation in my toe every time my foot came in contact with the ground when running, that would lead one to believe it was the nerve getting compressed somewhere, either in my back or knee I'd assume. Doesn't that make sense? Or could ALS cause that same feeling as well?

Obviously I'll know more after I see the neurologist, and although I'm pretty secure with my thoughts that this is nothing serious, there's still that little voice in my head saying "what if". So basically I'd just like a few opinions from anyone who may have experience with this disorder.

Thanks ahead of time.

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 11-03-2010, 07:57 PM   #2
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: chico, ca, usa
Posts: 479
anxiousme HB Useranxiousme HB Useranxiousme HB User
Re: Is this symptom typical of ALS?

I'm not an expert on ALS, but seeing a neurologist would be a good start. Foot drop can be a symptom of MANY things. I have MS and foot drop is common. I'm sure foot drop can be an early sign of ALS. Again, it could be many things. If you haven't, start a journal of how you feel, when you start to notice things, if it comes and goes or if it's constant. This will help you remember details...share everything with your doctor. Good Luck with your appointment and keep us posted.

The Following User Says Thank You to anxiousme For This Useful Post:
GrdLock02 (11-04-2010)
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Yikes! Dizzy and Vertigo! Is this another symptom of Peri-M? cindylou2 Dizziness / Vertigo 4 02-02-2010 11:28 PM
Can shortness of breath be the only symptom? Dark Stranger Lung & Respiratory Disorders / COPD 3 12-10-2008 01:11 PM
Understanding Why We Have Symptom Differences jam338 Fibromyalgia 0 11-16-2007 02:37 PM
Ovarian Cancer Symptom? anxiousagain Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 0 07-18-2006 10:13 AM
White mucous discharge from penis? Is it a H.I.V symptom or not?!?!?!?! jason02 HIV Prevention 34 06-15-2006 06:09 AM
Not typical, but can pain be an initial symptom? laurajh Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) 6 04-13-2005 03:00 AM
Bad breath has changed my personality:Part 2 Godisgood Women's Health 618 01-14-2005 11:33 PM
Could Someone Send Me A Symptom List Of Perimenopause!! tina1966 Menopause 31 10-29-2004 08:35 AM
Another Weird Symptom (?) busymommy Menopause 7 10-08-2004 08:29 PM
Is this a symptom of diabetes? Jfran Diabetes 4 03-03-2004 11:20 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:59 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!