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Offline Nk904

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Re: ALS Scare
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2014, 02:32:43 PM »
Is the cramping involuntary? Or is it cramping when you stretch toes out, or tense calf muscles?
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Re: ALS Scare
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2014, 02:44:18 PM »
I have been through this.  Had twitching in my right hand constantly for over a year.  I had every neurological test available, some more than once.  I finally accepted that I don't have ALS ... I'm just a twitcher.  Currently, my right foot has been twitching for about six months.  Highly annoying, but not life-threatening.  :winking0008:
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Re: ALS Scare
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2014, 03:29:05 PM »
Is the cramping involuntary? Or is it cramping when you stretch toes out, or tense calf muscles?

Can be either but neither have anything to do with ***.  Cramping is very different than spasticity.
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Re: ALS Scare
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2014, 03:37:54 PM »
What's the difference? I only cramp when I basically tense my muscles or stretch them as hard as I can
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Re: ALS Scare
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2014, 06:22:45 PM »
Spasticity is limb contorting, like curl your feet up so you can't walk or ball your hand up so you cant open it.  Often the patient would have to go to the ER to get meds to get it to release.
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Re: ALS Scare
« Reply #15 on: April 18, 2014, 06:28:37 PM »
It's sad to see how much you suffer from fear of disease you don't have 100%.

Therapy, exercise, meds and most importantly Stop Googling and your anxiety should subside.
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Re: ALS Scare
« Reply #16 on: April 18, 2014, 06:41:34 PM »
I can open my hands and feet freely. Occasionally my foot cramps up and makes it harder but that's only after like 10 minutes of stretching my big toe. Basically, it cramps.
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Re: ALS Scare
« Reply #17 on: April 18, 2014, 06:42:43 PM »
Thanks Hypo. I'm sure we've all been down this road (everyone on this forum).
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Re: ALS Scare
« Reply #18 on: April 18, 2014, 09:34:16 PM »
ALS is my biggest fear--and I have many, believe me.  I've had total body twitching off and on for many years.  The latest episode, which ended about a week ago, the twitches would be all over, jumping from my calf, to bicep, to foot, etc.  At night the arches in both feet would cramp really bad.  This went on for weeks.  This time I was sure it was ALS.  Then I figured out that I had just started doing heavy lunges without wearing sneakers (no arch support), so that must have been the cause of the cramps.  As far as twitching, it's just something that comes and goes for me.  A friend's father had ALS years ago, and I remember he said his father had a hard time reaching for things in his back pocket.  Other cases usually present with clumsiness and tripping.  I wouldn't worry too much about random twitching without other symptoms.
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Re: ALS Scare
« Reply #19 on: April 18, 2014, 09:45:01 PM »
I just feel more sensitive . Hands and arms always hurt. Whenever I skate now my calf muscles are dead for like three days. One time I skated and went to the park and walked around. I literally had the worst calf muscle pain for days..just skated last week and no pain at all. Weird.
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