Warning - this contains early symptoms that I got from one of the ALS forums. Don't read if it will scare you.
I never used to be afraid of ALS but now I am convinced beyone a shadow of a doubt that this is what I have. I googled early symptoms and it brought me to an ALS forum where people listed their early symptoms. This is what I found -
scars from minor cuts take forever to heal - yes, I have this
knuckles in hand lock up - my fingers are very stiff
very dry skin - yes, I have this
losing dexterity in hands - yes, I have this
having problems holding plates - yes, I have this
slurred speech - yes, I have this, one of my worst symptoms
cramping in legs - yes, I have this, but not frequently
could not stand on tip toes - I do not have this
can't move foot up or down - I do not have this
gradual decline in physical performance - yes, I have this
wakening unexpectedly feeling as if choking - yes, I have this
periodic bouts of excessive phlegm in back of throat - yes I have this
choking eisodees with saliva going down throat - yes, I have this
balance problems - yes, I have this
sensitivity to sitting on hard surface - yes, I have this
In addition to having most of the above I also have a problem with my toes, those on my right foot have been feeling funny lately, kind of swollen (hard to describe). The other night two of them were totally paralyzed and numb. When I bent the toes, these two did not move at all. It looked and felt very freaky. They are okay now, I can move them but they still feel very funny, much more than they did before the paralysis.
With my slurred speech and throat/choking problems (I also have a terrible time swallowing) it appears I probably have the bulbar (sp?) form of this which I guess is the worst.
If anyone has been able to read this far have you ever had these symptoms and been found to NOT have ALS? I am so distraught and depressed over this I can barely function and I am way too afraid to go to the doctor. Can you offer me any hope?
(please don't tell my it is all from anxiety. Anxiety does not cause toe paralysis.)