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A 28-year-old male asked:

how common is als before 30 with no family history? 28/white/male worried about als due to 2 weeks of muscle twitching, possible weakness in arms/legs

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Not common: Not common, certainly, but if you are concerned I would not hesitate to be fully evaluated by a neurologist.

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you might check this out as well: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00351
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