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Re: seeing a neurologist and trying to get an ALS Test
« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2014, 11:34:44 PM »
it sucks bad, I can't even exercise and I think soreness and weakness with it is due to A**
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Re: seeing a neurologist and trying to get an ALS Test
« Reply #21 on: June 03, 2014, 12:05:11 AM »
Same boat, man. Still fear setting off twitches. Soreness and and the 'weakness' you're talking about though are unrelated to the actual disease. Try to remind yourself of this and don't let it interfere with your life.
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Re: seeing a neurologist and trying to get an ALS Test
« Reply #22 on: June 03, 2014, 04:24:35 PM »
yeah its horrible, cramped today during mma training and have some radiating soreness and i think of it. which i am pretty sure pain does not come with it right?
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Re: seeing a neurologist and trying to get an ALS Test
« Reply #23 on: June 03, 2014, 09:10:59 PM »
Twitches and cramps without weakness mean little.  And *** is a motor neuron disease not a sensory neuron disease...so pain leads you away from that diagnosis.
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Re: seeing a neurologist and trying to get an ALS Test
« Reply #24 on: June 04, 2014, 02:04:07 AM »
so...basically pain has nothing to do with nor does range of motion or stiffness in the ankle joint? it comes and goes the stiffness and pain comes and goes too.sometimes pain in upper shin muscle too. Had calf cramp today and then be sore from time to time putting weight randomly during training.
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Re: seeing a neurologist and trying to get an ALS Test
« Reply #25 on: June 04, 2014, 06:00:41 AM »
You have BFS! ANd maybe BFCS. It's a mild neurological disorder and I have it too. Anxiety does not cause it. If you have anxiety that is a learned behavior which comes secondary to having to live with this disorder which is the mildest form of neuromyotonia. In my experience you will have it forever but it will get better. The initial flareup period lasts a couple months of fasciculations that will stay in certain parts of your body before moving to another part. Did you have infection with a viral illness or strep within a 6 month period before developing symptoms? That seems to trigger this reaction which is probably autoimmune related. It takes about a year before you probably will accept that you are just going to have to live with this forever but it does get better and it will never get worse, you won't ever be crippled or anything like that. It is called "Benign" because it does not progress into muscle atrophy or crippling the patient in any way. Stay off the internet... there is too much misinformation about MS and ALS and this has nothing to do with those diseases at all. You will not get weakness. What happens, in my opinion, is a person gets strep or some type virus that can cross the blood brain barrier in the brain. Then it causes an autoimmune reaction. The reaction it causes is during plasma ion exchange at the neuromuscular junction it makes the body attack that by firing it off all the time, a type of peripheral nerve hyperexcitability. It has a lot to do with sodium and potassium balance. So that's what happens. You have no control mentally over that, so you just need to accept it and move on.
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Re: seeing a neurologist and trying to get an ALS Test
« Reply #26 on: June 04, 2014, 08:36:31 AM »
so...basically pain has nothing to do with nor does range of motion or stiffness in the ankle joint? it comes and goes the stiffness and pain comes and goes too.sometimes pain in upper shin muscle too. Had calf cramp today and then be sore from time to time putting weight randomly during training.

That's what I said. 
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Re: seeing a neurologist and trying to get an ALS Test
« Reply #27 on: June 04, 2014, 10:25:59 AM »
feels like weight just fell off my chest
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Re: seeing a neurologist and trying to get an ALS Test
« Reply #28 on: June 04, 2014, 09:56:58 PM »
It's frightening to have these symptoms, but if you can understand its origin in anxiety and chronic stress you will have the upper hand.  Comfort is a need and not a necessity, and while you are having this bout of anxiety, you will no doubt have uncomfortable moments.

Fear can be your jailor if you let it.

Don't!
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Re: seeing a neurologist and trying to get an ALS Test
« Reply #29 on: June 05, 2014, 05:21:20 AM »
the thing that makes me so mad about BFS is everyone says "it's anxiety" and stress is causing it. NO IT DOES NOT! It is an autoimmune neurological disorder. SO YOU HAVE NO CONTROL OVER IT! Now, there is a difference from BFS and just someone that say has the occasional eyelid twitch... now that, that can be caused by stress after a traumatic event or just plain old fatigued muscles from being on the computer too much. What i experience is full body BFS all day long none stop but i also get stiffness with it and the sleep disorder with it. Sometimes my muscles just stiffen up, the other day happened at work, had no control over my hand, and I spilled my coffee all over the place. My hand kept on wanting to close up in a fist position. I have a hard time walking when the temp drops below 65 because my always tight hip muscles get extremely tight making it hard to walk. I also get depressed breathing... feeling like i cant get enough oxygen (because it affects the muscles used for respiration) though i have not had that in a few weeks since i have been on a low potassium diet. I have had elevated creatinine for over a year now and that is common with this. How is that anxiety? IT IS NOT. I am not anxious or depressed. IF anything, people saying it is anxiety made me worse. I felt no one believed me and i blamed myself i guess. Finally, i came to except it is just something i have to live with forever. It is rare. Most doctors know nothing about it. It is the mildest form of neuromyotonia. It has nothing to do with ALS or MS. It happens likely after infection with Group A Strep  or viral infection (happens within a 6 month period similar to what happens with PANDAs in pediatric patients). It NEVER progresses. Getting sunlight and not eating a lot of vegetables helps me (avoiding things too high in potassium or if i want them just only a few bites).
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