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ALS onset???
Mar 26, 2007
I'm a seemingly healthy 36 year old male and I'm scared to death that I may be exhibiting the onset of ALS. About 4 years ago I was having some trouble swallowing on a regular basis. The doc told me it was just acid reflux, so I started taking Zantac and that seemed to resolve the issue. Around the same time my lips started quivering... It couldn't visibly be detected, but I could feel it. I chalked that one up to stress, since it was going through some personal stuff. In time, that also went away.

Now, over the past week or two I've been getting tons and tons of twitches all over my body... Biceps (mostly right), shoulder (deltoid), chest, eye, calves, and in my side (near my lat), and occasionally in my quads and hamstrings. Also, the lip quivering and acid reflux seem to be back, but not as persistent. I guess that could be chalked up to the stress of worrying that I may have ALS. I should mention that I had surgery in November '06 to repair 2 herniated disks. I heard that sometimes disk compression, etc. can cause twitches.

I don't think I have any other symptoms. No clumsiness, no tightness or cramps. Come to think of it, I have noticed some pins and needles on occasion. If the twitches keep happening I'll go to the doctor. In the meantime, I'm going to keep doing research taking magnesium, potassium and making sure I'm properly hydrated.

If someone could tell me their story... Maybe what the onset was like, what the first symptoms were, how long it took to progress and what steps were taken to diagnos it, etc. Or even if anyone out there had similar symptoms and but it turned out not to be ALS. Anything would be helpful. Thanks in advance.

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