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Does this sound like ALS?

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Old 04-17-2012, 12:48 PM   #1
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Does this sound like ALS?

Hello, I have been having some concerning symptoms lately, I am worried they might be ALS.

About 4 months ago the right side of my body felt weaker than my left, from my head to my toes. About a month after that the left side of my body also felt weak, but my right side felt a bit weaker. Around 2 weeks after that, my muscles started twitching, beginning in my knee and eyebrow and moving to bodywide after a few weeks.

At the moment I still have function in all my bodyparts, I can walk, drive, etc. I have been to a neurologist who gave me a head MRI, found nothing, then told me that I shouldn't be worried. The only thing anyone has found is elevated liver enzymes. Recently I've found it more difficult to talk, like it takes a great deal of effort.

Does this sound like ALS? I haven't gotten any worse over the past month or so but I'm leaving the country in a few months so I'd like some additional input.


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Old 04-30-2012, 07:25 PM   #2
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Re: Does this sound like ALS?

Hello Markab10,

Your symptoms are a little concerning, but they can be so many others things. Why did your neurologist dismiss it as not ALS? Usually I found them very vague if they had the slightest hint that it could be ALS.. they would use words like possible but not probable.. or we will have to wait and see what develops. Did the dr. give you any explanation or refer you to any other specialists? We are all hoping for you and supporting you through thoughts and prayers. Hang in there and try to get some other answers.. it is not "normal" to feel the way you do and you need help no matter what it is... especially if you are going to be stressed by traveling to other parts.. that usually stresses the body even more and could exasperate your symptoms. Take care and keep us posted!

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