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That's what I was wondering. Is slurred speech usually the 1st sign of bulbar onset ALS? From what I've read, it is. I have had muscle twitching all over my body over the past 3-4 years (BFS?), but recently, I've been feeling them in my neck/throat area. I've also had problems swallowing, which could be from a number of things! Combining these 2 symptoms, + reading all the information on the internet when you google for "muscle twitches" always gets you to ALS! Needless to say, it scares the daylights out of me, and I think about every swallow, and my stomach goes into knots every time I feel a twitch in my throat. I was also trying to find out if muscle twitches in your neck/throat are a possible symptom of ALS, but I've never heard of this being the case. I'm not sure if it's the same as having twitches in your calf muscle. Any thoughts or guideance here?

I have been getting tested for an auto-immune disorder, such as lupus, due to high ANA results (1280). I also appear to have some sort of white coating / fungus on the back of my tongue, which is probably the reason for my swallowing/throat problems, but I just don't know. I've read where this white tongue/fungus (???) could be caused by an auto-immune disease like lupus SLE.

So that's my situation, and like many, the muscle twitching brings fear to the forefront, and I wanted to ask questions to those that may have more knowledge on the topic. Thanks for all your input, and I look forward to more comments that may put my mind at ease. Mark.

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