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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 more
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
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
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
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
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
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
One arm very sore. Feels fine when I wake up, Gets worse as the day progresses. Sound like ALS? Lupus? Or just muscle strain? I have anxiety by the way
Arm sore with occasional muscle twitches. Worried ALS, doc did strength test and said "ur perfect just anxiety" but didn't do EMG or MRI. Stop worrying?
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.
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?
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
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
I've been diagnosed with severe health anxiety. I've been getting twitches in my thigh and other parts of body. Worried about ALS?
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.
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
I have bad anxiety and its causing muscle weakness and im scared its als. Can anxiety cause that?
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
Husband:moderate to severe health anxiety/worries ofALS/no weakness/only Contraction Fasciculations/all drs say no ALS. 29yo. Cause of fasciculations?
Other reasons for Fs: Anxiety can lead to a lot of diseases or disease like states. So you have to get this thought of ALS out of your mind because ALS does not develop under 50 years of Age....so you do not have any reasons to worry about ALS. Fasciculations are a sign of muscles under stress of some kind or another. Some medications can cause muscle problems like this. I would advise you to exercise your muscles dai ...Read more
I'm 26 with lots of anxiety. No loss of strength according to neoru but lots of muscle fasciculations. Can ALS present with no weakness?
Anything is: Possible, but it is unlikely.Get a more detailed answer ›
Would muscle twitches all over the body with no weakness be a sign of ALS? I have pretty severe health anxiety. I have had the twitches for years.
Benign fasciculation: It's a familiar syndrome, nobody knows the cause, and this time I am glad to reassure you. If this stuff doesn't progress in months, it's harmless ...Read more
I suffer from anxiety. I had twitching in my thigh so I googled it. Now concerned about als. I'm starting to have fatigue. Anxiety cause this? I'm 34
Can be als? 22 male 4 different neuros visits all sa bfs 3 depression +anxiety emg slight fascis but feel pain and strange feeling legs really scared
No: Als does not cause pain. It is a motor neuron disorder. ...Read more
Health anxiety. Think I have ALS. I'm sure im being silly but why is only one arm sore? If it was caused by anxiety muscle tension shouldn't both be sore?
Exam: Have you been diagnosed with ALS? If not go to your doctor and get examined. There are many potential causes for your symptoms, some psychological and some physical. There is no use worrying when you can know what you do or don't have. ...Read more
30yo male. Int vib/mus twitches all over a year ago. Went away with lexapro. Still have constant shaky hands. Doc says anxiety. Should I worry als/ms?
Can it be als? 22 male 4 neuro visit 1 bfs 3 depression anxiety emg slight fascis but feel pain and strange feeling legs really worried nothing clinica
See your doctor: The safest thing to do is to be examined by your doctor. If there is anying abnormal he/she can order studies to see what is wrong. ...Read more
I have been experiencing major anxiety over the past week and have been feeling muscle twitches and muscle pain/weakness. I'm worried this is als?
Not Likely: Als is a rare progressive neurodegenerative disorder. The only established risk factors for ALS are age and family history. Accumulating evidence suggests that cigarette smoking is also a risk factor for als. Als starts to be seen at 40 and peaks at 74. I would say that as a 24 year old female on birth control that is not the likely diagnosis. Please see a doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more