I found my post from last May where I first wrote of my ALS fears and these are the symptoms I wrote of back then -
- Over the last several months my handwriting has deteriorated rapidly because I can barely hold a pencil
- Something is wrong with the way I chew
- Major difficulty swallowing, it's weird, I kind of have to swallow in "two steps," hard to explain
- Choking because I can't swallow and choking even when I am not swallowing
- I cannot project my voice, my job entails a lot of phone work, over and over people tell me they can't hear me, ditto for general conversation
- Difficulty talking, slurring and otherwise not making much sense, words come out sounding so wrong, extremely self-consious when talking because of this
- Right arm has definitely become weaker, can no longer lift things with it as I used to be able to
- Both arms will suddenly seem to "collapse"
- Tingling in hands (I don't know if this is a symptom or not but it's there)
- General hand weakness
- In general, much harder to move around and get things done, everything seems to take so much longer than it used to, everything hurts, aches
So all in all, things haven't changed all that much over the last 9 months. If I do in fact have ALS do you think I would be much worse by now? We had a foot of snow last week and I was able to shovel my 60 foot driveway by myself (and I'm just a 110 lb female), including all that hard stuff the snow plow deposits at the end of the driveway
. It wasn't the must fun I've had but I did it without collapsing. Do you think someone in the early stages of ALS would be able to do this?