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What do you classify as 'Muscle Weakness' ?
« on: January 26, 2014, 07:53:43 PM »
Hi. I keep on bouncing back from brain tumour fears to ALS fears. Im 16 so i guess i have my age on my side, but i just cant ignore symptoms and i constantly worry as my sister is diabetic, and i feel like i shouldn't be living 'free' if you know what i mean (i.e she gets 2 needles a day and 6 pokes to check sugar)

Anyways onto my general question.
What do you classify as muscle weakness. I know the general symptom of ALS is muscle weakness. My one leg started twitching really bad by the side of my quad right after i use it. For example i would bend all the way down, and jump up and it would twitch like popcorn. Well, it doesnt do that anymore, but both legs and more so my left leg, are achy and i dunno if they feel weak, but it's not an ache ive felt before, like after a hard workout (im an athlete)
I can do most things normally, just walking feels funny, my leg feels swollen or puffy when i walk. Thats the best way i can describe it. As i lay here, both quadriceps are achy.

Does anyone know any tests that can self test for muscle strength in the legs?
What I'm asking: Could someone give me a test that i can do that someone in the starting stages of ALS would not be able to do?

Much appreciated.
Thanks!
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Re: What do you classify as 'Muscle Weakness' ?
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2014, 08:38:03 PM »
There's perceived weakness and clinical weakness. With perceived weakness, you "feel" weak. True weakness (in the ALS sense) means you can't use the muscle. You don't feel weak with ALS... you are.

Also, the twitching comes long after the muscles dies with ALS. You would not be able to use the muscle, then sometimes it starts twitching.
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Re: What do you classify as 'Muscle Weakness' ?
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2014, 02:42:22 AM »
http://www.cbsatlanta.com/story/22155790/former-football-player-kevin-turner-opens-up-about-life-with-als

This is what ALS does. Watch it the whole way through..  I know its hard to except, I have this phobia too, but this is the kind of weakness that makes up ALS.
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Re: What do you classify as 'Muscle Weakness' ?
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2014, 08:27:58 AM »
100% it is not ALS. Work on your anxiety issues.
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