Joshua - I posted 2-3 months ago about my ALS fear and I am still alive and have not been diagnosed with ALS. I still have the same symptoms but now attribute them to my biggest fear - cancer.
Back when my ALS fear was at its height someone mentioned self tests for this so I googled that and came across some good sites with self tests. For instance, one of them was walking across the room on your heels. I passed all of them so hopefully I don't have this sad disease.
As someone who is concerned about being diagnosed with a neurological illness -- MS more than anything, really -- can you post links to some of those self-tests? A lot of it should be relevant to diseases other than ALS, too, because neurologists more or less use the same exam template across the board.
Joshua, my ALS fears were very short lived. While I still am concerned about a neurological illness being responsible for my symptoms, it was pretty clear to see that I do not fit the the ALS profile. While I have fasciculations and perceived
weakness (note the word perceived -- only a physician can say for sure if weakness actually exists), I also experience pain and bladder problems, and am an adolescent female, rather than a middle aged male.
Would it be possible for you to do the same thing? I don't know what symptoms you are experiencing, but, for example, while fasciculations can be a sign of ALS, they are also most commonly benign and those with anxiety are more likely to experience them. Or, if you feel weakness, has there been any actual evidence to support that feeling? Has a physician tested you (a primary care physician should able to do this)? Has your functioning decreased? Have you noticed difficulty climbing stairs (and not simply feeling tired after doing so), lifting common objects, and so forth? Most people confuse fatigue with weakness. Weakness means you can't do it; fatigue means it's tiring to do so, but is to not a sign of disease. People with ALS most commonly present to their physicians experiencing multiple falls and dropping things. Is that you? Anxiety can make you tired and it can make you feel
weak and unbalanced, but actual weakness is different. Even if it were actual weakness, it is still most likely not ALS.
While anxiety is fear based, I have found that the intellectual world of probability is helpful to me. It's hard to argue with statistics and research. Even if the fear doesn't go away entirely, I have found it gives me the ability to manage it.