This is my first post on this site because I've hit rock bottom. I'm a 36 yo otherwise healthy male.
For the past 2 months I've been dealing with ALS fears.
It started with stiffness in my fingers on my right hand which has gotten worse over time, and I also feel my speech is impaired (tongue feels weird and I hear myself lisping). My fingers have started to feel crippled and extremely awkward. My doctor said its not ALS, but my psychologist says i should follow up with my neuro to ease my mind (appointment in 2 weeks).
The psychologist has been helping a little but all went south last night. I was speaking to someone who's father has ALS. It turns out his initial symptom was carpel tunnel like, basically everything that I've been feeling. He didn't have actual weakness in the beginning, he was actually still weight training through it. Hearing this confirmed that my fear is real.
I feel completely lost now. All my progress and efforts with treatment down the drain.
I'm simply scared to death, never so much in my entire life. My mind is telling me I have ALS.
Any help with coping techniques would be appreciated?
I just don't know what to do anymore. Breathing and meditation are not helping at all.