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Als Symptoms Or Just Anxiety
I've tongue twitches since 01/2015. Several clean neuro exams, 2 clean EMG (02 : limbs and tongue, 05 : tongue). Just a multiplet after speaking. ALS?
No BUT....: By all means gear up for the August 2015 Ice Bucket Challenge that the ALS Foundation of America is going to hold again. But in your case tongue twitches with normal neurological exams and no abnormal EMG's cannot be ALS...not here...not in France...and not even on PLANET ALS....if such a planet existed. ...Read more
Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more
Was convinced i had cancer and seemed to "noticed symptoms." Now i think i have ALS and seem to "notice symptoms."Does this sound like health anxiety?
Hypochondriasis: Without knowing all the facts, ur family history, or physical exam / lab results, it is hard to say 4 sure. But, given how rare both cancer and ALS is in ur age group, I think u r overreacting. Access 2 too much medical information can cause problems ranging from overreaction to anxiety disorder to hypochondria to an obsessive disorder. Be assured that both ALS & cancer are rare. TTYD for advice. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I suffer from extreme anxiety. I googled ALS symptoms because of my thigh twitching and now I'm worried because my legs feel fatigued. anxiety do thi?
Hey, tough guy!: Everybody's thigh goes twitchy occasionally. I think it's from a nerve cell or two dying off the muscle getting extra-sensitive to circulating acetylcholine. Nobody knows or cares. If it's your tongue or if you're suddenly not keeping up in sports, you might worry. ALS isn't treatable anyway so it doesn't matter. Get on with your life. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ive had anxiety about ALS lately. How do i get tested for this? so it can most likely be ruled out and i can take my life back
ALS: As far as I know no one be will put through the extensive and, sometimes, uncomfortable tests for ALS unless they are truly symptomatic and all other possibilities have been ruled out. I would suggest speaking to your primary care physician to discuss whatever symptoms you may be experiencing. If nothing else shows up, locate a good therapist to work on anxiety reducing strategies. ...Read more
Why are you worried?: If you have been evaluated by a neurologist and have been told that you don't have ALS you should be joyful and enjoy your life. Try to engage in anxiety reducing activities. Consider yoga. Consultation with a mental health professional may also be of benefit to explore the basis for your anxiety. ...Read more
Brisk jaw jerks. Isn't that normal if it was very brisk than abnormal correct. Als specialist say its anxiety nothing else wrong though. Should worry?
Likely MD correct: Stress, tension, anxiety, and hyperthyroidism may all result in increased reflex responses, and what you describe above is not at all part of als. Not clear to me why this has been considered, based on information provided. Hope this also reassures you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My anxiety over als is high and I am experiencing pain in my left shoulder and elbow. it comes and goes. If I am 24 the chances are that it's not als?
Probably not, see Dr: Why your concern re this specific disease? Has a close relative had this illness? If so, there is a genetic link and possibility goes up. If not, odds are in your favor. You should see your doctor if you continue to have anxiety over this. Anxiety and stress can evoke physical symptoms, but see your doctor for an evaluation to put your mind at ease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have anxiety, taking escitalopram 20mg, since 2 weeks have dull pain and weakness in both thighs..Can it be something serious or just anxiety? Als?
Anxiety: Pain ; weakness in thighs are musculoskeletal symptoms. At your age, the most likely cause would be activity of sorts. Anxiety itself can present as various physical and/or mental symptoms, including musculoskeletal.(if continues, talk with your pcp) note: anxiety treatment requires twice the medication dose and twice the time to respond to medication treatment compared with depression treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
34 y/o female w extreme anxiety. Can twitching and brisk reflexes for nearly 2 yrs but no weakness/atrophy still be ALS? Neuro says anxiety, scared.
Anxiety help: Without any weakness over that time frame, the Neuro is right - ALS is not likely. But you do feel worried and a good Health Psychologist might help you as you investigate. They can evaluate the emotional part and refer you to physicians w/ their impressions of the physical part. That's a bit like having an attorney. If the Dr didn't mention MS. I don't want to worry you, but that's worth a nod. ...Read more
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