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ALS Anxiety
Dec 20, 2006
I am a 25 yr. old male who has been experiencing muscles twitching and perceived weakness since September 7, 2006. Three years ago I experienced the same symptoms. My fear was ALS back in 2003 and that is my fear now. In Jan. 0f 2003 I had an EMG/NCV done which was fine. I was put on paxil for a condition my doctor described as hypochondriasis. My symptoms completed dissipated and returned in September of this year. I was getting married and had just started grad school before the onset of symptoms. However, I did not feel stressed.

My fear of ALS has consumed my life. On Nov. 9th I had another EMG done, which was totally clean. My neurologist gave me a diagnosis of Benign Fasiculation Syndrome, just like in 2003. I have had an MRI of my brain and Cervical Spine, numerous blood tests. All are fine. I am still worried about ALS even though my tests were fine. I am taking Lexapro right now and supplementing it with Klonopin as needed. I have been on Lexapro for about 2 months now, and I am still worrying almost all the time. My muscles are still twitching and I do feel weak in my right arm and right leg. I still go to the gym and run and do pushups, etc. My GP and neurologist, who are both great individuals, both think it is anxiety related.

After almost 4 months of symptoms, I am sure if it was ALS that I would be in worse shape, but cannot seem to trust my doctors. Is it possible that my anxiety over the disease is causing somatic symptoms? I am thinking about changing from Lexapro to something else, because I am gaining weight and am still worrying a lot. Do you think I should change to another SSRI? One final question…Do you believe my symptoms are anxiety / somatic or is it ALS?



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