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Re: Symptoms
Feb 25, 2005
I am suffering from numbness and tingling occasionally in my legs down near my ankles. I also have muscle cramps in my left thigh on a daily basis. I have muscle twitches that occur all over my body and "vibrations" all over my body. Right now my tongue is a little numb. I have a lot of body aches especially in my legs. I have noticed my left hand has become weaker and I actually droped my knife twice last night.

I am being tested for MS right now. I have been told by several neuros and family doctors that many doctors are diagnosing Fibro now so they don't have to continue testing. They are getting pressure from insurance companies to limit testing and at times they are just too lazy to continue searching for answers. Many of the people I know with MS began with a Fibro diagnosis, but pursued with doctors until all the tests were done. And received their MS diagnosis many years later, which is a shame. The earlier you get treatment for MS the better.

Lesions for MS do not always appear on the brain or spine in the beginning so it is very easy for a doctor to say you are fine it must be Fibro. My first neuro did that to me. I knew she was full of crap and went on to another much better neuro.

I am not sure of all the symptoms of ALS but make sure you explore other problems before jumping to conclusions. I thought ALS progressed rather rapidly since the life expectancy is only 5 yrs. Hmmm...I think I need to research that more.

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