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A 20-year-old male asked:

after a year of symptom onset of altered sensation and or perceived weakness in left leg and left arm with no change, how likely is it als? 20 male.

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Not likely at all: The average age of onset of ALS is 55; an onset at age 20 is extremely rare (though possible). But there are other potential serious causes including multiple sclerosis and lyme disease. Please see a neurologist for an evaluation. As an aside, your root canal could lead to health problems- see http://bit.Ly/1bepu7k.
Dr. Tung Nguyen
Neurosurgery 31 years experience
Rare: Check out the info sheet at the nih web site, http://www.Ninds.Nih.Gov/disorders/amyotrophiclateralsclerosis/detail_als.Htm. There are more common conditions that could produce the symptoms you describe. Als is very rare condition. You should definitely have a thorough evaluation to look for cause of your symptoms.

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