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Re: Possible ALS
May 20, 2015
[QUOTE=Ed Lyles;5363191]Hell, I don't know what is going on with me but it is scary. I am a 64 year old man who, until recently, was a very active cyclist. About two months ago I noticed upper arm pain following more than 50 km on a road bike. That has progressed to arm weakness. In both hands my thumb, index and middle fingers are slightly numb all the time now. The numbness used to occur often when riding but now is persistent. This may be carpal tunnel. About two Weeks ago I started to notice some unsteadiness in my upper legs that is intermittent. When I go to the gym or hike now my legs are in slight pain for two days following. I have an MD appointment tomorrow. The unsteadiness is when walking but not when riding a bike. Any ideas?[/QUOTE]
Sorry for the late response.

What did your Dr. think?

The issues in your arm could very well be carpal tunnel or possibly a pinched nerve in your mid/lower cervical spine.

I'm not sure what you mean by unsteadiness. Do your legs feel unusually fatigued? Cramps? These kinds of things occur frequently with inadequate hydration and/or electrolyte or vitamin deficiencies.

None of this sounds even vaguely like ALS by the way. Pain and sensory "feelings" are normally not presenting symptoms because ALS causes motor neuron death. People most often report not being able to do something like button a button, walk on their heels or more rarely form words properly.

Good luck and let us know how you get on...





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