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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?

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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

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


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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?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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I've 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

I've 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

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I am afraid I have ALS but doc says it's just anxiety. What should I do?

I am afraid I have ALS but doc says it's just anxiety. What should I do?

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

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Past month ive had health anxiety. Thinking I have cancer or ALS. Where did this come from? I was perfectly normal and then this anxiety came from nowher

Past month ive had health anxiety. Thinking I have cancer or ALS. Where did this come from? I was perfectly normal and then this anxiety came from nowher

Counseling: Cannot explain why you are having anxiety, but no reason to delay dealing with it. I believe a therapist would be far more helpful than using medication. A psychiatrist, psychologist, or even a social worker, can assist you. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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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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Having twitches that last seconds to days in all diff areas. Have extreme anxiety and am now obsessing thinking it is als. No weakness but terrified.

Stress: There are many simple explanations for twitching sensations, caffeine and stress being at the top of the list. Instead of worrying about it seek medical evaluation to determine the cause of your problem. ...Read more

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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 more

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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?

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 more

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Does hypochondria (health anxiety) often start out of nowhere? I was never like this and then last month out of nowhere ive had thoughts of cancer & als

Does hypochondria (health anxiety) often start out of nowhere? I was never like this and then last month out of nowhere ive had thoughts of cancer & als

Acknowledge &; file: You can acknowledge these anxiety thoughts and say to yourself "OK. I am having them. Are they realistic? . Nope! . But they sure feel real. What if they happen in decades? Can I keep on working, loving, enjoying, learning for the decades then IF they ever or never arrive.? SURE! ".
So give yourself permission to have these thoughts. Then file them away in a special place; and get on with life! ...Read more

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I've been diagnosed with severe health anxiety. I've been getting twitches in my thigh and other parts of body. Worried about ALS?

No need to worry: You should not be worried because twitching is not the cardinal symptom of ALS. It is caused by many things, and most of them are benign- nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Feeling a weird or weak feeling in left leg. Started feeling it april last year, and it seems to come and go. Chances it's als? Male age 20. Anxiety.

Feeling a weird or weak feeling in left leg. Started feeling it april last year, and it seems to come and go. Chances it's als? Male age 20. Anxiety.

Improbable: There are many beneign causes of leg pain/ parasthesias. See musculoskletal specialist, like a manipulative do. Is there a family hist of nerve diseases? Activity can cause it too. ...Read more

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M/20. Had feelings of heaviness and altered sensation in left leg for a year now, off and on. I'm scared of als. Seen a nuero and my gp that said nothing is wrong. But what could this be? My anxiety?

It seems that: You need to consider talking with a psychologist. Anxiety can lead to physical complaints. Here's a blog that explains how some people take things out on their bodies. Sometimes the symptoms ; language associated to the symptoms are clues to the causes. Http://wakeupanddreamcatalyst. Blogspot. Com/2014/03/tuesdays-psychology-tips-do-you-take. Html. ...Read more

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Male 20 yrs. Feeling of fullness or little heaviness in left leg and arm. No sensory sx. Chances that it's ALS after 1 year? I have health anxiety.

Male 20 yrs. Feeling of fullness or little heaviness in left leg and arm. No sensory sx. Chances that it's ALS after 1 year? I have health anxiety.

Nonspecific: Those symptoms are nonspecific and could be ALS or a lot of other things. See your doctor to investigate this or you will never stop worrying about it. ...Read more