Seattle, WA
A 31-year-old female asked:

What are the chances of being diagnosed with als at age 31? have had frequent muscle twitching in legs, now all over, plus hand stiffness and now tight throat/breathing trouble. very scared?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
ALS rare in women: Symptoms are certainly similar to ALS. Although extremely rare, has been reported in women. Symptoms alone suggest consultation with neurologist is necessary, firstly because you might have a neurological problem & secondly for your psychologic well-being. Good luck.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 47 years experience
Unusual: Would be somewhat reluctant to label you with ALS at this point, but you need an evaluation of breathing and swallowing urgently. A variety of disorders could present in this fashion. If symptoms continue to worsen would seek emergency department visit. A neurologist should be involved. Hope this gets pinned down and your symptoms get controlled.
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Last updated Dec 30, 2020


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