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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 ?

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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Dr. Steven Bowers
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Definition)

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


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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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Keep getting random twitches on different parts of body throughout day. 21 male. Could it be als?

Not ALS: Random "twitches" could be due to muscle fatigue, stress, chemical imbalance, medication side effects, thyroid issues, even on occasion vitamin deficiencies. You do NOT have ALS. ...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 ?

Comments: ALS is a rather uncommon condition and occurs in older individuals usually. Scattered muscular twitches are not usually fasciculations, and even if these are true fascics, they are more often simply benign. Statistically, your risk of ALS, in general, maximizes at 1.8 per 100,000 if you are Caucasian. ...Read more

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Part of my palm underneath my thumb area has been twitching/jerking no obvious muscle weakness worried about ALS now .

Part of my palm underneath my thumb area has been twitching/jerking no obvious muscle weakness worried about ALS now .

Muscle Twitches: Muscle twitching may be due to many thing including peripheral nerve damage at the carpal tunnel for example, pinched nerve in the neck or benign fasciculation syndrome. Best to discuss this with your doctor and perhaps referral to a specialist is in order. ...Read more

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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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What are ALS symptoms?

ALS symptoms vary: ALS symptoms may vary from person to person. For some people muscles throughout the body may be affected, in others, it may only be in the arms or legs. Shared symptoms include painless weakness, muscle wasting, weight loss, and spontaneous muscle contractures (fasciculations). Sensation is not affected. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of having als?

Muscle weakness: Als (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a nerve disease that causes increasing muscle weakness (eventual paralysis). There can be difficulty moving the toes or lifting up the foot. Then the feet, ankles, and legs get weaker. The hands get weaker and can become uncoordinated. Problems with speech & swallowing show up. Patients are usually in the 40-60 year-old range. 90-95% of ALS occurs randomly. ...Read more

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What are some common symptoms of als?

See below: Twitching of muscles, called fasciculations, weakness, atrophy of muscles, and later, involvement of tongue, ability to swallow, terminal problems with breathing, and inability to move about or take care of ADL's. Often associated with increased reflexes, in spite of loss of muscle bulk, ...Read more

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