Hi, so this is my first post on here..I'm 14, have had hypochondria for a few years, and today I convinced myself that I'm suffering from the early symptoms of ALS.
It all happened today, like I said. So yesterday I was curious about ALS because of the ice challenge. I looked it up and I read up on all the symptoms. Today I was barefoot in the grass, and I tripped twice. My muscles feel fatigued. My hands don't feel like they're working correctly. After all this I started to get really worried. For a few months I've had this thumping when I swallow, which didn't concern me that much until I realized that clicking when swallowing was a symptom. I also kinda choked on a piece of bread.
So this is all so ridiculous and inside I know that, I did what my counselor told me and asked myself if I hadn't heard of ALS and didn't know the symptoms, would I think anything is wrong? I answered a weak no. Because I'm me every ache and pain is cancer.
I did my usual googling (i know its terrible) and found the ALS forums. I found that 'muscle weakness' means the inability to perform a certain task, not perceived weakness. Having trouble swallowing is choking on almost all food and not being able to drink, vs the occasional choke.
And after reading this, do I feel better? No.
I know I'm insane but the idea of the disease is so scary and I'm only 14, I just want a life.