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This does not sound like ALS. You said your arthritis tests were inconclusive. Were any of them abnormal or borderline? The migrating joint pain, since it has persisted for almost a year, should be rechecked. I wonder if the chest pain is pleurisy-sure sounds like it. Sometimes in autoimmune disorders, the symptoms precede the lab confirmation of a disorder by months to years, so anyone with ongoing symptoms should get their blood work and arthritis tests retested at least once a year, and now wouldn't be too soon. I would get an arthritis panel done which includes tests for rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, and be sure to get an ASO titer done (strept antibodies) since you periodically have a sore throat. There is no good test for pleurisy as it often does not show up on Xray or physical exam. If it does, you're in luck, but it is usually a diagnosis based on symtpoms. I would review the symptoms of lupus on the Lupus Foundation of America website to see if you have any others. I would see a rheumatologist for testing, as the testing will be more thorough than what a PCP usually does. The only symptom you mention that seems to not fit particularly is the hand tremor.





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