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Re: Do I Have ALS?
Sep 19, 2012
There's no way you have ALS with those symptoms.

Symptoms not indicative of ALS:
bloodshot eyes
sore throat feeling
weak teeth
plugged ear sensation
vision issues
blurriness
crazy difficulty adjusting to light or darkness
head pressure
diffuse stiffness of body parts on both sides
swollen hands

Symptoms maybe indicative of ALS:
twitching, but nearly all people experience some twitching in their lifetime.

Basically, nothing you've described sounds like ALS. ALS is not going to spread this quickly and will typically incapacitate the limb it starts in totally before moving on. Getting weakness in all four limbs in 3 months is an impossibility with ALS, especially at the age of 24. Very few cases appear before the age of 40, and it is a rare disease before then.
Re: Do I Have ALS?
Sep 20, 2012
[QUOTE=indiankid;5058782]There's no way you have ALS with those symptoms.

Symptoms not indicative of ALS:
bloodshot eyes
sore throat feeling
weak teeth
plugged ear sensation
vision issues
blurriness
crazy difficulty adjusting to light or darkness
head pressure
diffuse stiffness of body parts on both sides
swollen hands

Symptoms maybe indicative of ALS:
twitching, but nearly all people experience some twitching in their lifetime.

Basically, nothing you've described sounds like ALS. ALS is not going to spread this quickly and will typically incapacitate the limb it starts in totally before moving on. Getting weakness in all four limbs in 3 months is an impossibility with ALS, especially at the age of 24. Very few cases appear before the age of 40, and it is a rare disease before then.[/QUOTE]

Absolutely right...some statistics I read said that before 40 the chance of ALS are 1 in 10 million. At 24 they are 0.
Re: Do I Have ALS?
Sep 19, 2014
I'm not sure what led you to believe you have ALS but nothing in your described symptoms sounds like it.

Weakness in ALS is different than the weakness you describe. There is no feeling weak with ALS, only being weak. When weakness occurs in ALS it is the result of a set of muscles not receiving signals any longer. At some point, compensatory muscles will become disconnected as well and at that point something will just not work, you wont be able to lift your wrist, or a foot, or possibly choke when drinking because your tongue or throat is partially paralyzed.

Muscle twitching is common in ALS but also very common in the general population. Anxiety, caffeine and many neurological disorders are common inciting factors.

The other symptoms you mention dont really have anything to do with ALS. There can be other neurological causes of some of your symptoms, but they are not really associated with ALS.

I've seen a study that found als in those under 30, there is an incidence of 1/165,000,000. To put that in perspective the probability of being hit by a meteor is 1/700000, and of dying in a car accident is 1/67. There really isn't data for people at 24 because there have only been a very small number of cases ever.

There are many things that could cause your symptoms including vitamin deficiencies, thyroid dysfunction, anxiety, and many neurological conditions that aren't ALS.

Taking these symptoms to your GP would be a good place to start. He\she can test for many things, and make appropriate referrals if necessary.

Good luck.





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