I posted a thread a couple days ago about how I was deathly afraid of coming down with ALS or MS a couple days ago and I'd like to thank those of you who took the time to reply to me and help me out, it was very much appreciated. As apart of my healing process, I'm desperately trying to rationalize everything in my brain as to what is happening to me in order to ease the tension in my mind and my body (easier said than done, right?) and as you all know, getting over anxiety is quite difficult.
Basically, I'm curious as to what some of you experienced when it comes to fearing MS or ALS. I'm a healthy, 21-year old male in college and after I started a new job, I began having muscle spasms in my legs and back (since I'm a cashier) from standing on my legs all day. Although I've since switched to better fitting shoes, I don't have as bad spasms in my thighs, I still get them in my calves, feet, back, shoulder, arms, and hands to some extent. Every time I have a muscle twitch I can't just shrug it off, I assume something HAS to be wrong with me or else it wouldn't be twitching. I keep thinking to myself, I'm too young for ALS, and since i've been worrying about it for so many years, it would have HAD to manifest itself by now at this point.
I'm just so deathly afraid of obtaining MS or ALS that its interfering with my ability to live my life and I can't help but keep the thought of me going paralyzed and losing control out of the back of my mind. Can anxiety really cause all of these muscle twitches, spasms? Even occasional head aches? It's driving me insane.
I'd like to point out that for some reason, when I stiffen my lower back up or sleep with a pillow around the lumbar area, the spasms seem to decrease dramatically. Could a pinched nerve or muscle strain from standing on my feet all day cause this as well? I apologize for so many questions, but I appreciate all the help and input I receive from everybody on here. This forum seems like a God-send after the personal hell I've been through. I can't even enjoy the Christmas season because of all this. I can't help but think the muscle twitching means my muscles are dying and that I'm slowly going to be paralyzed. I don't experience any actual weakness, like if I had either MS or ALS, you would think I would KNOW, right? I heard that there aren't any warning signs for MS in the form of twitching, so I'm really hoping it's just over active nerves. I've had tics my whole life, as well as poor posture problems from sitting at a computer for long periods of time (I'm a journalist). That's enough for me, sorry for the long read, and thanks for all the input guys.
EDIT: I think I should also point out that while I'm standing or moving around, I don't feel any muscle spasms or twitches, or at least they rarely happen. Not sure if that's due to posture, but I thought it was important to note.