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Hey folks. Well after my neurologist appointment I went back to my orthopedic doctor. He read the report and said, "Well everything is normal." He looked at my leg muscles as well as my lower back. He said my legs and back were incredibly tight. So there I went..back to physical therapy :). I went back to the same therapist. She was really confused by my symptoms. Stiff neck, burning around neck, clumsiness, coordination problems with hands, poor balance, and tingling, aching and twitching in my right leg.

The first questions she started asking were ALS related questions. Buttoning up shirts, opening doors, opening jars. I thought, "Oh god please no." Of course..I don't have problems with any. She said my legs were very tight..and very poor mobility in my lower back. She said, "You might have a disk issue in your spine." She looked at me and said, "Are you sure the MRI of your brain was clean? Your symptoms are a little across the board." I told her my neuro said I was fine. He specializes in MS and primarily neuro muscular disorders.

She teamed up with another therapist in her office that specialized in the spine. I described my symptoms. She said, "Yes..your symptoms are classic neck problems. Sometimes nerve irritation in the neck will go down to your legs." She tought me some exercises. I've been seeing both therapists for a few weeks now. My range of motion in my neck is almost normal. I have a few more sessions. I did some weight training at the therapy center. My arms were really shaky. She told me not to worry as I haven't done any heavy lifting for a few months. I still have weakness and aching in my right leg. I have some tingling/weakness/and twitchig in my right leg. On occasion i get tingling in my arm. My dizziness has gone down drastically but my balance is still bad. I'm getting twitching all over, primarily in my right leg..very bad. I can see the twitches. My right leg aches intermittently. Some days it does..somedays it doesn't. Part of me thinks i have ALS..but from what I've cannot see ALS twitching. I was also told by someone who's very knowledgable in ALS told me ALS WILL definitely show on an MRI since it's central nervous disorder. But I've read that only an EMG can truly diagnose ALS along with related symptoms. I'm seeing my Primary Care Doc tomorrow to see if he can order blood to see if I have a deficiency. I'm hoping he doesn't blow me off for the 4th time. If anyone can give me further advice it would be appreciated. Msjay..thanks for your assistance with my journey to diagnoses.

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