I wasted over a YEAR convinced I had ALS. I visited two separate neurologists for a total of 4 or 5 visits. Despite the doctors' reassurances, I continued to carefully monitor the strength in my limbs and every twitch sent me through the roof. TIME HEALS, and after a year of pure hell, I finally realized that I was not in a wheelchair or losing dexterity, and ALS was a phantom illness, all in my head. I do not suggest you follow my path
, because I spent a year in deep depression over what turned out to be NOTHING. Fasciculations are EXTREMELY common. There is Benign Fasiciulation Syndrome, stress, too much caffeine / sugar, (in my case fibromyalgia aggravated by stress), and general nerve impingement. If you were once / are athletic and tend to have a good amount of muscle, you're more likely to have the twitches. To this day I even see them on the bottom of my feet (right at the arch). ALS moves quickly and usually begins in ONE part of the body. Also, the twitches come AFTER you start to lose function and the muscles are atrophying. It also tends to be more common in older men (60+). A friend of our family had ALS... he was having distinct difficulty walking which progressed rapidly. A few months later he was in a wheelchair, and it was all over within about 9-12 months. My husband is an extremely healthy man, and we were watching basketball together on the sofa Sunday night. I suddenly noticed that he had some rippling fasciculations on his forearm. When I pointed it out, he said that he had been working in the yard earlier in the day, and was probably low on electrolytes, salt or potassium (that is how a normal person thinks). So please be kind to yourself and give your poor brain a rest - YOU DON'T HAVE ALS.