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Does Als Run In Families
22 year old Latino , what are the chances for me to get ALS , does not run in family , I have hand cramps runs up my arm? Need some peace of mind plz
Very rare: ALS has gotten a lot of press lately due to the ice bucket challenge. In reality, it is an extremely rare disease. In the US, about 5,000 people (out of 300,000,000) are diagnosed per year. Hand cramps are not part of the symptom progression of ALS. Nothing is impossible, but it is very unlikely you have the disease. Hope this helps! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disorder of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that play a role in controlling voluntary muscle movement. While few cases may be due to a genetic defect, the cause is usually unknown. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, muscle ...Read more
22/m/190lbs have twitching in neck when I do a posture Also in my face , weak left hand and left leg can it be ALS it does not run in family , ?
Very concerning: You are very young to have something like ALS. It would still be wise for you to see a Neurologist to evaluate the twitching. This might involve an MRI, EMG and possibly even EEG testing. The weakness should be thoroughly worked up including detailed history to understand what posture you are doing that may exacerbate this or if there is another cause compressing your spinal cord. Keep me posted ...Read more
22/m/190lbs have , neck twitch when I smile or make a gesture, no weakness , what are the chances if me having ALS , it does not run in my family ?
22/male constant hand cramps no weakness , what are chances it could be ALS , it does not run in my family ? Need some peace if mind please !!
Rest easy son: With just hand cramps as your symptom and no family history of ALS I would say that Killer Krill that hunt giant Sperm Whales found in the ocean would be more likely to exist than you having ALS with that presentation. In other words, just work on UNcramping your hands a little which could be stress and so forth. If you were inconsolable over this then, see a neurologist to check you over. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
22 year old , male , 190lbs , fealing like my little weak and arms , can it be ALS it does not run in the family , I do get neck and face twitches ?
Very unlikely: If the symptoms persist, consider seeing your doc. ...Read more
22 year old male , my hands cramp up occasionally and left foot , usually don't exercise, can it be ALS symptoms? it does not run in my family ?
ALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is usually in people older than 40. Usual early symptoms include cramps, fasciculations and often spasticity. The symptoms can start in upper or lower limbs or even speech or swallowing problems. The condition is rare. I have seen two cases in twenty years. I would be more suspicious of a low potassium or magnesium to cause your symptoms. ...Read more
My hands have slightly cramping on off and my left foot what can it be ? Can it be ALS , it does not run in the family but diabites does?
Hand cramping: ALS or a neuromuscular disorder is unlikely your case. ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis occurs most frequently in men 40-50 years of age. The larger muscle groups of the arms or legs are affected first and manifest as difficultly in walking or incoordination. See your medical doctor to determine the cause of the hand cramping. ...Read more
Can I get ALS if I does not run in my family?Currently have weak legs and arms also shake and twitchin muscle in face when I make a jester , 22 yr old
YES answers question: BUT what you describe for your age is much more the description of almost any other medical problem EXCLUDING ALS. I'm not sure what you mean by "making a jester." A jester is a clown, fool, comic. Did you mean FACIAL GESTURE? I'd be happy to go through the details with one 1-1 as I'm a neurologist and have helped many young people such as yourself understand what twitchings are all about. ...Read more
22 year old male having some hand cramps and leg cramps , can it be ALS ? It does not run in my family by the way?
Cramps: can be caused by many conditions (electrolyte imbalance is probably the most common). Once can see muscle cramps at some stages of ALS but this disorder is quite uncommon and would more likely present with weakness initially. Ask your doctor to have a look at you and if the diagnosis is not revealed with an exam and simple blood tests by all means seek the opinion of a neurologist regarding ALS ...Read more
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