Hello Everyone. My name is Nick and I'm going to be 38 this month. Don't ask me how this happened but I'm fearing that I might have ALS... again. I was seeing a neurologist up until last year. Initially it was for lightheadedness, panic attacks, and tingling in my legs. After all tests including 2 EMGs (one in upper, one in lower) what was found was Anxiety for sure and a slight case of Peripheral Neuropathy. My last EMG was in April of 2013 and it was in my arms/hands. It came back clean and I was experiencing some weakness in my arms at the time. the neuro I was seeing did mention to me that Anxiety can play hell on your body. The plan was for me to go speak to a therapist but that's an expensive proposition. I did manage to get better on my own and put those fears to rest.. until now.
Fast forward to about 2 weeks ago. My lightheadedness returned with a vengeance. I made an apt with a new Neurologist because I didn't want to hear go speak to a therapist. Neuro is going to send me for a new MRI, balance test and Doppler of my carotid arteries.
Right around the same time I started getting very tired and weak in my left arm and hand. What I mean is the littlest tasks were making it feel tired. I mentioned it to the new Neurologist and she said it's only been a few days, let's just focus on your lightheadedness for now. I mentioned I had an EMG on my arms and hands last year.. do I need to repeat the test.. does it change in a year?
Well it's been almost a week since I saw the neuro and I'm at the point where every morning my hand and left arm feels so tired. It seems that little things like making coffee, pouring milk, writing and shaving make it feel like I've fought 15 rounds of boxing or I've been working out for 2 hours.
I'm completely freaking out at this point. I keep going to Dr Google and ALS forums to see if I might be experiencing symptoms of this terrible disease. It almost seems as though I'm getting weaker day by day and my own research is confirming it.
Now I did have some painting in my house done last week. In preparation I helped my wife pack and carry boxes up and down stairs, hang some shelves, etc. There is no way though that my muscles can still feel tired almost a week later can it? It didn't bother me at the time we were doing it.
I don't know I feel doomed right now.
Any suggestions would be very helpful to me.