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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Message Board

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Hello, I am new here, and scince there seem to be alot of knowledgeable people on this board, I thought I'd ask a few questions about some symptoms I've been having.

Abuot 5 years ago, I started experiencing a pulsing in my veins, just a quick, small throb that would last no more than 3 seconds or so. This didn't so much hurt as just feel weird. I went to the doctor and told him I was experiencing an abnormal pulse. He did some tests, an EKG and some others, and said that I was fine other than slightly high blood pressure.

Two years or so after that, I began experiencing extreme cramps in the back of my calves and thighs. I dismissed this as simple dehydration. However, ever scince then they have grown slowly but steadily worse, spreading to the arches of my feet, abdomen and now even occasionaly my hands.

About the same time the cramps started, I began to notice a tingling in the pinky and ring finger of my left hand. Almost like the circulation was cut off, but all the time. Two weeks later, however, it went away completely. I pretty much forgot about it.

Then about a year and a half ago, the numbness in my fingers returned. I ignored it for a while, figuring it would go away like before. It hasn't, though, in fact has grown worse. Now it's to the point that I can hardly use these fingers at all anymore. Recently I have also noticed weakness and muscle loss in my left hand, especially in the web of my thumb, which, like my index and middle finger, still seem to work fine. The pinky and ring however, seem to curl into my palm uselessly.

I thought I'd ask around first before I go to the doctor. A client of mine who has Lyme disease thought my symptoms sounded like hers and said I should check that out. I know I've gone on for a LONG time, but I would really appreciate ANY thoughts anyone may have.

Thanks, Rob.

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