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Is random muscle twitches an early sign of ALS or is it more focal?

Is random muscle twitches an early sign of ALS or is it more focal?

Possibly: Usually it starts on the limbs, but can start on the eye. It is just variable. Diagnosing it early and treating it early probalby does no affect the ultimate outcome. See your doctor and get an evaluation and be sure to share your fears ...Read more

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What are some signs of als?

What are some signs of als?

Muscle problems: Weakness, loss of muscle bulk, flickering of muscles, increased reflexes, problems swallowing and breathing seem to proceed over months to years. ...Read more

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What are the first signs of ALS?

What are the first signs of ALS?

Fasciculations: Initially, most would report finding flickering of hand muscles, followed by weakness in scattered areas of the body. Muscle atrophy follows. ...Read more

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When can the early stages of ALS get you? How do you know if you ever have it?

Neurology condition: ALS is a disease of upper middle age with an average age of onset between 55 and 65 years of age. See your primary care physician if you are concerned. If necessary, you would be referred to a neurologist for further evaluation. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/amyotrophiclateralsclerosis. Html ...Read more

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My father had ALS I have seen neuro but she said she seen no signs as of now can hyperflexxia be a part of ALS?

Thoughts: Yes, hyper-reflexia is associated, but in your case, you may well have this sign due to anxiety, and stress due to worry. 90% of all ALS cases are sporadic, not genetic, and unlikely that you will be afflicted. ...Read more

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Is shaky hands a sign of als?

Is shaky hands a sign of als?

Maybe carpal tunnel: Since ALS can cause rather significant muscle atrophy and weakness, especially in the hands, an instability on holding arms upright might occur, and cause shaking. However, other causes of tremor might be considered, such as medication rxtns. ...Read more

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

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

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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

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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

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I am seeing a MS specialist to rule in or out MS (not diagnosed). My uncle just died of ALS. Can ALS Wax and Wane early in the disease?

I am seeing a MS specialist to rule in or out MS (not diagnosed). My uncle just died of ALS. Can ALS Wax and Wane early in the disease?

Not known to do such: The description of ALS is one of a progressive unremitting motor neuron disease affecting upper and lower elements of the nervous system. This means that it's course is progressive getting worse with time. However, early on depending on how some people interpret things they certainly could feel better one day and worse the next. Hard call. Talk more? Www. Healthtap. Com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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My Grandma and Great Grandma both died from ALS today I have been droping stuff out of my hand is this a sign?

Doubt ALS: Although you might find a rare genetic form of ALS in your family, more likely your problem is NOT ALS, and most likely due to carpal tunnel syndrome. ...Read more

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Last questions. Once you have fasciculations, can an emg be done to soon? Is occasional tongue fasciculations signs of als?

Last answer: The tongue is innervated by the hypoglossal nerve at the caudal end of the brainstem. ALS starting there relentlessly spreads rostrally to other cranial nerves & caudally into the cervical spinal cord (nerves to arms & hands). There is no cure so EMG/NCSs are never too "late" or too "soon." Do you want someone doing an EMG on your tongue? I wouldn't. Just follow your neurologist's advice. ...Read more

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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

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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

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Can someone confirm that twitches in the tongue is normal and not a sign of als? Myokymia? Have clesn emg of tongue.

Can be many reasons: Tongue twitching can have benign (excess caffeine, lack of sleep, anxiety, fatigue, stress, overwork) or severe (ALS, demyelination, tumor) causes. Given your age and a "clean" EMG of the tongue, it is less likely due to a serious cause. However, you should follow-up with a neurologist to review all your study results. Ref: http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003929.htm ...Read more

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I have frequent fasciculations, I began experiencing them years ago. I have no signs of muscle weakness. Do I have ALS??

No answer here: Fasciculations occur with other conditions and all by themselves. ALS is usually fatal by 24-36 months after diagnosis, so the timeline isn't consistent. But you should NOT expect an answer to the question "Do I have ALS? " on HealthTap. That's not what HealthTap is for. There is no substitute (including HealthTap) for a hands-on history and physical in a doctor's office. ...Read more

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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.

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

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Since early 2013 I started to notice that my right eye is squinting outward a little bit. I'm 22 right now. This never happen to me. I got headache als?

Since early 2013 I started to notice that my right eye is squinting outward a little bit. I'm 22 right now. This never happen to me. I got headache als?

Probably strabismus: Sounds like your eyes have a natural tendency to veer out (exophoria) and you are having trouble controlling it as you get older. See ophthalmologist asap. ...Read more

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I have noticed small muscle spasms, calves, hamstrings biceps and triceps. Not constant just kind of comes and goes. Is this ALS signs?

Many causes: Muscle spasms can be from many causes from electrolyte abnormalities (magnesium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus) to motor nerves, roots, anterior horn disease. ALS in the context of no weakness is highly unlikely but you need to be evaluated by a neurologist to rule out dangerous causes of spasms with muscle EMG testing. ...Read more

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Would muscle twitches all over the body with no weakness or atrophy be a sign of ALS? I have severe health anxiety have had the twitches for years.

Fasciculation: Twitches can be the result of medications or drugs as well as muscle fatigue, but it sounds like you would benefit from a neurology consult to put your mind at ease about ALS and to rule out other disorders causing denervation of muscle groups. ...Read more

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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

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Thinking I have als. Doctor did emg just right arm and neck and said I have nothing to worry about. No signs of ALS or peripheral neuropathy.?

Depends on symptoms: Als is a disease of the upper and lower motor neurons. If you are experiencing lower motor neuron symptoms (e.g. Twitching, weakness) in the right arm but the EMG in that region is normal, it argues strongly against ALS as the underlying diagnosis. It does not exclude the possibility of upper motor neuron disease in that limb or other issues elsewhere in the body, however. ...Read more

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All pain is on right side finger joints elbow shoulder neck and feet fingers and in back could these be early symptom of ALS or MS or any idea I'm 21?

All pain is on right side finger joints elbow shoulder neck and feet fingers and in back could these be early symptom of ALS or MS or any idea I'm 21?

Joint pains: Pains in multiple joints are not characteristics of ALS or MS. Arthritis? type is a possible cause. If symptoms persist, a rheumatologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more

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What is als

Neurologic disease: Amylotrophic lateral sclerosis- a neurologic disease affects motor function, leads to muscle weakness and significant disability. Also known as lou gehrigs disease. If you or family are diagnosed with this or if you want to learn more, visit www. Alsa. Org. ...Read more

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What is als?

Nervous condition: Als is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Also known as lou gehrig's disease. It is a degenerative disease of the nervous system. ...Read more

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Is ALS painful?

Is ALS painful?

Usually not: Pain is not usually a prominent presenting symptom in ALS, but can occur due to spasticity, muscle spasms, and even co-morbities. About 50% of cases experience some pain. One caveat, pelvic pain may herald infection, especially urinary, and chest pain, possibly pneumonia. ...Read more

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Is ALS hereditary?

Can be: Fals - familial is rare, less than 10%. 90% are sporadic sals with unknown cause. There are some generic tests available. ...Read more