I've all of a sudden become terrified of ALS. I know it's extremely rare, but I'm terrified that I could develop it since I've read about all of these 20 something year olds suffering from it. I know just reading or hearing about something shouldn't generate this type of response, but I'm honestly scared and don't know what to do or think. Just the thought of being trapped in my body without being able to move or communicate besides through my eyes is absolutely terrifying.
Its one of my pet terrors as well, which is probably why I have started seeing what feel like symptoms to me as well, even though I know they aren't, its not surprising as its a truly horrible disease
I think its probably one of the biggest fears on here to be honest from my brief time looking around the forum.
All you can do is try to think rationally and remember that it is a very rare disease, it is even more rare to have young onset, and from my understanding even more rare to have young onset without a family history.
Never mind young onset I am 42 and when I said to my sister (a doctor) that I had managed to work myself up worrying about Bulbar onset ALS, she basically said it was laughable to think you had that even at my age.
Like anything it could happen but you would have to be insanely/ludicrously unlucky for it to happen to you, that really you just have to tell yourself there are far more productive things to do with your time than worry about it.