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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Message Board

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Everything I read in regards to ALS seems subjective and ambiguous. I read the words: muscle weakness, atrophy and fasciculations over and over again, but there is not a great deal in defining these terms.

Is the muscle weakeness such that the limbs are disabled? Is this a perceived weakness, how is this diagnosed?

With regards to fasciculations, what do the feel like? How would you describe them?

Muscle weakness and fasciculations can mean so many things. They may be from overwork/overexercise, stress and worry, or even benign issues. Please do not be overly concerned regarding whatever 'symptoms' you read about ALS on the net. There's a lot of varying information online, even as it relates to ALS. From what you have described, the best thing would be to see your GP, who may or may not refer you to a neurologist after examination.

I will say that weakness, fasciculations, and athropy, accompanied by any form of stumbling, tripping, or losing your balance (Ie: when climbing stairs, etc), might be cause for concern as it relates to ALS onset. However, you have not described all of these symptoms.

At this point, I would suggest just seeing your GP asap, telling him exactly how you have felt and are feeling, and see what he has to say. In the meantime, please do not worry. I assure you that the odds are heavily stacked in your favor that this will never be anything as bad as ALS.
Hi Seebreeze,

This is what ALS means. I do not have ALS, but my son, 32, has ALS for the past year. I have lots and lots of info on ALS.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis:
A = absence of
myo = muscle
trophic = nourishment
Lateral = side (of spine)
Sclerosis = hardening

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