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Re: ALS Fears Have Hit Me Again
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2014, 12:57:34 PM »
I really appreciate everyone's comments.  I wish I could say I felt better though.  It's probably going to take a neurologist to tell me I don't have this... for the 2nd time in 2 years.  I honestly feel like something is terribly wrong today.

You are all probably sick of hearing about this but today my left hand was really cramping badly and my left arm truly feels extremely tired.  It's almost a tickling / tingly feeling.  Last night when I went to bed I had the worst Charlie Horses.

Could this be my Anxiety for my end?

Yes.
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Re: ALS Fears Have Hit Me Again
« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2014, 11:36:59 AM »
Hey man, thank you for your post. I am going through the same thing currently. Health anxiety and hypochondria are nothing new to me, been bouncing around from one life threatening illness to the next for years.

After reading an article about the disease, I now have the same symptom(?) issue as you're describing. Strange feeling in left arm and hand. Feels like it's hard to flex fingers, is kind of shaky/trembling, and just feels "odd". To be honest, I'm probably not going to even bother seeing a Dr, as I simply can't afford the time and money spent bouncing around for consultations and tests in my life right now. Been there done that.

If we can put this into perspective, we know that  someone who was really suffering from this disorder most likely would experience a complete failure to accomplish the tasks you mentioned. An inability to lift a cup, or put it their garage door code. It seems to me, in my limited research, that these kinds of disorders show their face and you wouldn't be on the fence about whether it was a perceived issue or something real.

It's no different than when I was sure I had HIV, because I developed some rashes after a questionable sexual encounter, or was convinced I had throat cancer because of a swollen lympnode in my neck. I don't think I need to tell you that the outcome was benign in both cases.

Keep your head up my friend!
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Re: ALS Fears Have Hit Me Again
« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2014, 03:25:58 PM »
Thank you for all of your posts.  You might read this now and roll your eyes at me but I swear that for the past 2 days now the cramping in my hands have gotten worse.  Now when I wake up in the morning I find that my fingers are really stiff and I have to open and close them to try and relieve the feeling.

What did I do?  Yes you guessed it.  I went right back to the damn ALS Forums and all of those nice medical web sites and they all say the same thing. 

Stiffness and achy hands/fingers were many 1st early symptoms before they were officially diagnosed. 

Now to make things even more fun... why oh why did I start looking at my hands.  I swear I have these indentations on my palms in between my index finger and thumb.  When I curl my thumb into my index finger the crease gets really deep looking.  Is this my hands wasting away before my eyes?  Maybe that's why they are starting to cramp?

What has happened to me.  I think I'm completely obsessed now and convinced I got this thing.  Next neuro appointment is in 2 weeks. 

any suggestions?  Maybe even some to help me relax my mind a bit.

Thanks guys

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Re: ALS Fears Have Hit Me Again
« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2014, 03:45:58 PM »
I realize you are suffering...and hate to see that.  But, please don't bring information from *** sites here.  It's called information hygiene.  Stick to proper medical texts if you must study.  Achy and pain have nothing to do with ***.  And there is no reason to bring that information to a bunch of hypochondriacs.
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Re: ALS Fears Have Hit Me Again
« Reply #14 on: July 14, 2014, 03:52:53 PM »
Aw man sorry about that Shawn.  I keep forgetting that I'm not the only Hypo in the room.  I guess my intent was to try and get some more insight to see if others did what I did, feel what I feel and turned out to be okay.

Didn't mean to bring on additional anxiousness to my fellow worried wells.
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Re: ALS Fears Have Hit Me Again
« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2014, 05:11:30 PM »
Aw man sorry about that Shawn.  I keep forgetting that I'm not the only Hypo in the room.  I guess my intent was to try and get some more insight to see if others did what I did, feel what I feel and turned out to be okay.

Didn't mean to bring on additional anxiousness to my fellow worried wells.

I know you had no ill intent.  It's the main reason you shouldn't go to those sites because you have no idea what is or isn't true.  You also have some real unfortunately ill people trying to connect dots that may or may not be there.

There are so many causes of achy, stiff hands...most benign or not life threatening.  Anxiety being one of them.
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Re: ALS Fears Have Hit Me Again
« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2014, 05:28:50 PM »
I agree with shawn.

ALS is one of the popular disease fears for hypochondriacs.  have a look at this  forum.  there are literally thousands of posts saying same thing as you.  in the 5+ years i have been a member her zZERO of those fearing it, have been dx'd with it.

if you go to als forums or google symptoms, expect to further entrench your fears. 
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MOST anxiety occurs on a subconscious level.  JUST because you don't feel consciously anxious or had a day or two of calm doesn't mean your mind & body are relaxed.  It can take months of reduced anxiety before a body goes back to a more non-reactive state

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