My name is April. Im 29. I have been having severe muscle weakness/cramping for awhile now and been having fasculations for last few months. For the last 6 months or so my legs just cramp severely after i stand for any period or time or walk. And then for the last 3-4 months my arms have been cramping severly when i do laundry or i have been trying to redo my kitchen for last 3 months but the painting hurts my arms severly.
I have also been dropping some things in the last few weeks. Also been having trouble talking some.
I do have ALS in my fathers side of family. My great grandfather died of it. My great uncle died from it also. And my grandfather is showing signs too of it. And my younger sister has been having some of the same symptoms as me too.
I do have extensive medical hx. I have had a pacemaker for 4 years now. I had problems with the electrical part of my heart. I have problems with blood clots and factor five, so im on coumadin.
I went to family Dr the other day. And told her my symptoms. She said i had decreased strength in my left arm. And my reflexes werent very good. So she ran alot of blood work and everything came back good. So she sent me to a neurologist.
I went to him and he looked at me and asked a couple of questions. My visit lasted about 10 mins. He ordered a EMG and cervical xrays the next day.
Had EMG and he said everything looked ok. The EMG litterally took 8 mins. He done mostly just my legs.
He said he thought this was all just stress.
Im stuck right now in what do i do? Do i just wait to see if i worsen. Or do i go to the ALS clinic about an hour away and get a second opinion?
Do i suggest to get the gene test since i have it strongly in my family?
Please all help me on deciding.