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Hey folks,

I should preface everything by saying that I have severe health anxiety and am on disability for anxiety, OCD and depression. That being said, does the following sound symptomatic of ALS?:

Two months ago, I started having minor tingling in both my hands and some numbness. I ended up in the ER where they did complete bloodwork, a basic neurological exam and a CAT scan of my brain. All turned out normal. I followed up with my general practitioner. She also did a neurological exam and saw no reason for concern. I started researching MS.

Six weeks ago, the tingling and numbness stopped. However, I started having minor muscle twitches all over my body. I started researching ALS.

Four weeks ago, the twitches stopped. However, I started having random aches in my arms and calves, without cramps.

A week ago, the aches totally stopped. However, I started having periods of fatigue in my arms (especially forearms) and a feeling of weakness in my right hand. The fatigue is as if I'd squeezed a tennis ball repeatedly, but it doesn't stop me from actually continuing to do things with my hands and arms. It's like a feeling of fatigue without the effect of immobility. It is particularly noticeable after a few minutes on the computer. Also, I have been continuously testing my hands and arms for lack of coordination or weakness. I don't seem to have either.

In the past 6 weeks, I have started and stopped Lexapro and Ativan. I have been off the Lexapro for 3 weeks and the Ativan for 2 weeks.

What do you think? My mind always goes uncontrollably to the worst case scenario.

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Rich, there is no ALS in your future, but you have really got to get that health anxiety under control before it literally kills you and destroys the people you love.
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I...can't explain to you how strong my health anxiety is. I've tried everything. It started when I was 6 and thought I had cancer. By 17, I was convinced I was going totally blind. I can't stop it. Now it's ALS. My mind just goes there, pegs the meter and stays pegged.
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Anti anxiety meds can affect your body. Going off and on meds that work by changing brain chemistry will definitely affect you physically.

I am super happy to tell you you don't belong on here. Nor do you belong on an MS forum. Talk to your doctor about your anxiety. Anxiety attacks can create a huge number of symptoms that might surprise you. Anxiety causes your body to be flooded with a variety of hormones that can make your hands tingle, affect your vision, cause pain, cause muscle tremor, etc, etc. I am not dismissing your very real symptoms, but telling you this is not the place for you.

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Thank you, guys. I get so afraid.
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Rich,
Please don't post here or read any more posts on this forum. Please get help for your anxiety. You can visit one of the many anxiety forums online.....there are hundreds.
I wish you all the best. I've experienced general anxiety and panic disorder but got complete remission from counseling and medication.
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