Top
30
Doctor insights on: Als Twitch

Share
1

1
Do I have ALS? Twitching all over various parts of head, face, has spread localized to part of arm, stomach, leg off and on. Brief spurts.

Do I have ALS? Twitching all over various parts of head, face, has spread localized to part of arm, stomach, leg off and on. Brief spurts.

Twitching: There are many reasons for twitching, some more serious and some less so. Please don't leap to conclusions and please see your doctor to get a good diagnosis and treatment if needed. Peace and good health. ...Read more

2

2
Still worried about ALS twitching in left foot non stop I mean non stop 24/7 clean emg on left arm she tested foot in 1 spot where no twitch. Ideas?

Still worried about ALS twitching in left foot non stop I mean non stop 24/7 clean emg on left arm she tested foot in 1 spot where no twitch. Ideas?

Twitching: You may be describing hyper-reflexia which can be caused when there is pressure on the spinal cord. It is important to image all areas of the spinal cord above where the nerve roots exit the spinal canal. This may include lumbar, thoracic, cervical or even the brain. This may represent an emergency. See a doctor today. ...Read more

3

3
24m worried bout ALS muscle twitching all over body nothing really feels any weaker than norm just really worried about this awful disease?

24m worried bout ALS muscle twitching all over body nothing really feels any weaker than norm just really worried about this awful disease?

ALS: I would have it evaluated then. Put your mind at ease. See a neurologist or physiatrist and get a good evaluation and possibly an electrodiagnostic study. Twitching in muscle is common and usually benign. ...Read more

4

4
22yr m, my legs are kind of weak, so are my arms, shake when I squeeze something hard, can it be ALS, have twitching when I make facial gesture?

22yr m, my legs are kind of weak, so are my arms, shake when I squeeze something hard, can it be ALS, have twitching when I make facial gesture?

No: Can be electrolyte or vitamin related. See PMD. Nothing in medicine is100%. ALS is more frequent in certain small genetic pool persons....of specific ethnic origin. ...Read more

5

5
Worried about ALS, muscle twitching in upper thigh and biceps/forearms for 2 weeks, possible weakness, muscles feel tired. Should continue worry ALS?

Worried about ALS, muscle twitching in upper thigh and biceps/forearms for 2 weeks, possible weakness, muscles feel tired. Should continue worry ALS?

No: I would not "worry", but it would reasonable to see your medical doctor for a good medical check up and to discuss your concerns. ...Read more

6

6
Had emg of left arm and right leg yesterday, showed no abnormalities. I been twitching for 4 years. Would emg have shown anything if I had bulbar als. The twitch is on the tip of tongue and happens after flexed or touched. Blood work, thyroid normal.?

Had emg of left arm and right leg yesterday, showed no abnormalities. I been twitching for 4 years. Would emg have shown anything if I had bulbar als. The twitch is on the tip of tongue and happens after flexed or touched. Blood work, thyroid normal.?

Not bulbar ALS: If you had bulbar ALS, it would be obvious after 4 years. Many folks have these benign fasciculations. The best way I know to stop being preoccupied with trivial non-symptoms is to embrace high-level wellness. You're 28, young enough to be an Olympic champion. Really push your body in your favorite sport and resistance / aerobic training, eat like an athlete, and have a body you truly ENJOY. ...Read more

7

7
Can MS or ALS cause muscle twitching and headaches?

Can MS or ALS cause muscle twitching and headaches?

Yes: Either condition can cause these symptoms but there are also many less serious medical conditions that can cause them. ...Read more

8

8
20yr ago Herniated disc/sciatica, 8 yr ago calf atrophy began.5yr ago clean emg. Today still full mobility but further calf atrophy leg twitching, ALS?

20yr ago Herniated disc/sciatica, 8 yr ago calf atrophy began.5yr ago clean emg. Today still full mobility but further calf atrophy leg twitching, ALS?

Talk with your neuro: Logist post EMG to find out what nerve damage may have occurred that is contributing, especially since your EMG was normal. What was his/her advice to you? Herniated discs and sciatica don't normally cause calf atrophy. Ask him/her about your concerns with ALS, as you're not saying you have the typical symptoms of spasticity, spasms, cramps, fasciculations, or spreading of atrophy to other areas. ...Read more

9

9
Als fear. Muscles twitching randomly including eyelid. Feel like arm is weak. Thumb feels weird. Normal neuro exam. Als? Scheduled for emg.

Good test: The nerve conduction test will give you the answer. Muscles twitching randomly is common in normal folks, however it can also be an early sign of ALS. The EMG will be very helpful. I routinely have muscle twitching for decades and am healthy. ...Read more

10

10
Not looking for diagnosis just ideas, Iseeing my doc in jan, 22/m some weaknes in left arm and leg comes and goes, hand cramps, twitching, als?

Not looking for diagnosis just ideas, Iseeing my doc in jan, 22/m some weaknes in left arm and leg comes and goes, hand cramps, twitching, als?

You're right No Dx: You are absolutely correct. On the basis of what you have presented no diagnosis is actually possible much less placing ALS as a possibility. Your age and the fact that you are saying weakness comes and goes on one side of your body puts that off the table. If you are interested in a private consultation to get more ideas on this please feel free to look me up at www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

11

11
I have aching arms and my hands and wrists have been in pain since august. I read that this is a sign of Als. I also have twitching all over.

Oh, not another one: This icebucket challenge thing, which I barely noticed when it was happening, seems to have had the unforeseen & unintended consequence of causing an epidemic of ALS anxiety among great swathes of perfectly healthy 20- and 30-somethings. You have pain & you jump straight to ALS? About 60% of ALS pts have pain but one HUNDRED percent have weakness. No weakness, no worries. ...Read more

12

12
Do muscle twitches start before weakness in ALS? Muscle twitches for past 12 days. Arm feels weird and that's arm w twitches but twitches other places

Do muscle twitches start before weakness in ALS? Muscle twitches for past 12 days. Arm feels weird and that's arm w twitches but twitches other places

Twitches: Muscle twitches are often present in ALS, but there are many causes of muscle twitching that are not ALS. For many people, such a symptom is entirely benign. It appears the internet information out there generally indicates ALS for muscle twitching- that is not what most of us would say in clinic. Here is another resource:
http://www. Neurocuro. Com/muscle-twitching-and-fasciculation/ ...Read more

13

13
Is all over twitching a later stage symptom og als?

Not really: ALS is a disease of the motor nerve cell, so causes weakness and muscular atrophy, with the flickering fasciculatory activity seen in scattered muscles over the course of progression. Overall twitching could represent a different disorder, and on its own, would not be a feature of ALS. ...Read more

14

14
How often is twitching first sign of ALS. I read 6.7% in a study. Is this correct?

& still they come...: I thought that the epidemic of ALS anxiety in completely healthy young people brought on by that furshlugginer ice-bucket challenge thing had died down, but apparently it's not dead. Instead of reading about twitching in ALS, you should be doing the reverse: Researching the differential diagnosis of twitching. That's actually meaningful (and will be reassuring). ...Read more

16

16
What to do if I have been twitching ever since my grandfather that has als, is this a sign that I may have it?

Probably reactive: Probably nervous reaction to fact that father has severe neurologic disorder. Most cases of ALS are sporadic with out cause. Few about 5% have genetic origins. You should consult neurologist for twitching with good exam to reassure you of etiology of the twitching. ...Read more

17

17
What do you suggest if I have been twitching ever since my grandfather that has als, is this a sign that I may have it?

What do you suggest if I have been twitching ever since my grandfather that has als, is this a sign that I may have it?

Probably reactive: Probably nervous reaction to fact that father has severe neurologic disorder. Most cases of ALS are sporadic with out cause. Few about 5% have genetic origins. You should consult neurologist for twitching with good exam to reassure you of etiology of the twitching. ...Read more

18

18
If an emg is normal on one side should I ask for the other side? Musvle twitching and worried about als. My neuro was fine with just doing the one side. Very worried about this!

ALS....: Was the EMG test done in the muscles that were twitching at the time they were twitching? In order to be absolutely certain about the reason for the twitching, you need to see a neurologist. The neurologist will review the EMG study, do a physical exam and decide what, if any, further testing you need to determine the etiology of your twitching. The twitching can be benign, like fatigue. See neuro ...Read more

19

19
Been twitching all over body for 3 years. Could it be ALS. I do have generalized weakness.

Impossible to say: It is impossible to say without an exam and appropriate studies. See a neurologist ...Read more

20

20
My cheek has been twitching non stop for 2 months now its all over is this indicative of als?

My cheek has been twitching non stop for 2 months now its all over is this indicative of als?

Cheek twitching.: Cheek twitching may rarely be due to fasciculation yet far more likely be caused by hemifacial spasm. Fasciculation is a sign of ALS yet very unlikely to be found on the cheek. Your risk of ALS without other symptoms is extremely low especially at your young age. Benign fasciculations are far more common. ...Read more

21

21
Is muscle jerking and twitching on difrent parts of body signs of als, or only if it's in one part? Not constant they come and they go?

Relax: You may have muscular irritability, but your description is not at all worrisome for ALS, which is a rather uncommon condition in general. Might see your doctor and get examined, as many benign conditions can be reversed. ...Read more

22

22
Had a clean EMG on right side body, but twitching is more active on left. The right side twitches as well, just less. Is this enough to say no ALS?

Had a clean EMG on right side body, but twitching is more active on left. The right side twitches as well, just less. Is this enough to say no ALS?

ALS is not likely: ALS diagnosis is unlikely. 'Twitching' is the
least specific symptom and if there are no other symptoms, the diagnosis could not be made at this time. The normal EMG and your age further suggest that this is not likely ALS. If you have symptoms besides the twitching, consulting with a neurologist would be suggested ...Read more

24

24
Twitching sensation feels like throbbing every body. Comes and goes. Is it MS or ALS?

Twitching: Your symptoms do not sound like MS or ALS. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, eating a well balanced diet with 3 meals per day, and getting enough sleep every night. If your symptoms continue, you need to see you physician. Good luck. ...Read more

25

25
Is constant involuntary body twitching/jerking, and body pain a sign of ALS or other neuro issues?

Is constant involuntary body twitching/jerking, and body pain a sign of ALS or other neuro issues?

ALS concerns: Are best addressed by a Neurologist who treats this. (Not all neurologists do) Exclude the many conditions that can cause muscle twitching first. Start with PMD and some blood tests and ask about a neurology consultation. ...Read more

26

26
Intermittent random muscle twitching that jumps around. Without weakness is this most likely benign and not ALS?

Intermittent random muscle twitching that jumps around. Without weakness is this most likely benign and not ALS?

Usually benign: Fasciculations does not = ALS. They are more likely a symptom of excess caffeine, lack of sleep, anxiety, stress, etc. Diagnosis for ALS does include fasciculations in the criteria, but only one part of it, and must be accompanied by weakness in the same limb. Twitching as related to ALS indicates dying muscle and therefore weakness which does not come and go. See a Neurologist for eval if needed. ...Read more

27

27
For the past couple months I have noticed random muscle twitching. Lasts 2-3 seconds. No weakness. 34 yr old female. Chance of ALS?

Muscle twitch: Many causes of muscle twitches, ALS is not likely to be the cause of them. If they persist or increase in frequency or length of time, u should be checked. ...Read more

28

28
Since August 20 I started to have dayli muscle twitching all over my body that last a few seconds. Should I be concerned ALS, MS or something bad.

Since August 20 I started to have dayli muscle twitching all over my body that last a few seconds. Should I be concerned ALS, MS or something bad.

Fasciculations: This is quite common and nobody understands it. If everything else is good, relax. This is not how either illness presents. You may read up on "benign fasciculation syndrome" if you want. Some folks say that there are associated systemic symptoms such as fatigue; I doubt this. Best wishes. ...Read more

29

29
Arm Twitching all day. Uncle died of als?

Arm Twitching all day. Uncle died of als?

Probably not ALS: Fortunately it is unlikely that you inherited any gene for ALS (90-95% of ALS is NOT inherited) and it was your uncle, not your parent! The most common first symptom of ALS is weakness and atrophy (shrinking) of muscles in the affected body part. Sometimes muscle twitches can simply be from pinched nerves or overuse/fatigue of a muscle. If the symptoms continue, see your DR. ...Read more

30

30
Achy legs and random twitching in body. Very scared! Could this be als?

NOT ALS: However, maybe you should be evaluated for the onset of a small fiber neuropathy. Have a neurologist check your symptoms. ...Read more