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What are the chances of a 24 y/oF w/ no fam history...ALS
« on: August 26, 2014, 08:41:33 PM »
I don't usually get affected by diseases that suddenly get tons of media coverage, but this ALS things is scaring me. I don't have many symptoms... yet. Just that my left arm feels tired and achy even though i haven't doone anything for it to feel that way. But I am afraid this will be my demise soon. I do get a lot of symptoms of it from time o time. Like twitching.

I'm a 24 year old female and I have no family history of an disease at all besides cataracts.

My hypochondria has been at a plateau for the past couple of months but now...
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Re: What are the chances of a 24 y/oF w/ no fam history...ALS
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2014, 09:57:51 PM »
ALS is largely a non-genetic disease--by that I mean it doesn't typically run in families.  so not having a family member with ALS doesn't really mean anything one way or the other

having said that, you don't have ALS.  and you almost certainly never will.

your left arm feeling "tired" and "achy" is NOT ALS.  twitching   is not a determiner of ALS either.  twitching is most often caused by stress/anxiety, muscle over use and nerves just getting nervy.  As far as I am concerned twitching is a great big YAWN. 

Don't jump on the ALS fear band wagon.  You don't have it.  No one else on this board has it either.  Most hypos will fear this at one time or another all because it is SCARY, TERRIBLE, almost always fatal, and a disease that takes a while to diagnose--not because docs don't think something is wrong but because it is a disease dx'd after other things are excluded first..  Which makes  this disease a FAVE among hypos. 
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Re: What are the chances of a 24 y/oF w/ no fam history...ALS
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2014, 10:55:42 PM »
I fear ALS cause my almost constant breathlessness. I fear my diaphragm is compromised from ALS.
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Re: What are the chances of a 24 y/oF w/ no fam history...ALS
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2014, 11:31:57 PM »
Your arm is most likely tired because when you're anxious, you tense your muscles without noticing. And with the twitching, that can be because of a vitamin deficiency or just being tired :) I had it all the time to where I would be twitching noticeably in class, and I asked my doctor and she told me to take multivitamins, and after that it was better. I'm sure you're totally fine, I hope you feel better!
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Re: What are the chances of a 24 y/oF w/ no fam history...ALS
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2014, 11:52:56 PM »
Breathless, your diaphragm is most often the last thing affected. It is a distal to proximal disease.
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