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Hello Everyone,

First of all I apologize to anyone if they have this, I mean no offense. Just wanted to list my symptoms and see if anyone thinks this is cause for concern. I am seeing my doctor on the 18th but I have been very nervous about my symptoms.

Background, I am a 23 year old male

Weakness and sensations: This one is weird, the last six months I have felt fatigued but I just figured its because I stopped working out around june of last year. It wasnt until the last month that I got to a point where I felt strangely fatigued and I saw blood in my stool so I went to urgent care. They checked my blood, found nothing, iron levels good and what not, did a ct and found nothing and referred me to a gi since I was constipated. Since then I felt better mentally but the weakness sensation was still there. I dont think ive lost strength per say, I can still lift pretty heavy, but something feels off as if I am getting weaker. The last 5 days it went from weak sensation to shaky hands and burning sensations whenever I use my arms,
especially in my forearms(using a pencil, typing, even just sitting there.) the trembling is getting in my head and whenever I flex my whole arms shake pretty violently (more so my right arm).

Coordination: no significant changes, no foot drop that I can remember but I feel strange. I play guitar and piano sometimes and maybe its in my head but my fingers feel slightly weaker. My fingers will shake a lot too on their own more than other people Ive compared to while resting

Twitches: my tongue is scalped and twitches all over but I dont think its fascicullationsm, doesnt look like worms just twitches . Ive had twitches throughout my arms and legs however and sometimes right after doing something.

Sometimes in the morning I feel better but in the afternoon I start feeling the burning in my arms. I am worried I am getting muscle atrophy considering how trembly my arms and hands and maybe legs seem to be getting. I worked out arms two days ago and I don't feel sore, just the burning and twitches. I am waiting to see my doc but until then does this sound like als? I know only a doc can tell but the anxiety is getting to me. I thought I would get better but I only seem to be getting worse as far as weird symptoms and its concerning me.

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Instead of opinion I'll give you some facts...

Weakness and sensations have ZERO to do with ALS onset.

Twitching is far too common to be diagnostic of anything.

This is all noted in the Pinned Post alluringly titled Read Before Posting.

Check it out before asking anything else.
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I apologize, I truly do, didn't mean to offend I should have read the post.
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I apologize, I truly do, didn't mean to offend I should have read the post.
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I'm just a crusty old bastard!
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The symptoms feed on themselves. Poor sleep/diet/hydration with a scoop of stress on top makes them worse, causing more stress. I would look to improve nutrition, hydration, rest and exercise while waiting for your appointment.

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The symptoms feed on themselves. Poor sleep/diet/hydration with a scoop of stress on top makes them worse, causing more stress. I would look to improve nutrition, hydration, rest and exercise while waiting for your appointment.

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Thank you for your input Laurie, I will do so in the meantime. This is probably my anxiety as well but to clarify are you personally not ruling out als in this situation? Or are you saying it's probably not that so stay healthy?
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Yes, I am saying that I see no indications of ALS in your post.

Labs don't always find nutritional deficiencies, and they certainly can't see if you are burning the proverbial candle at both ends, as adults your age tend to do.

Seeing a doc is a good idea since you perceive a significant change in the last week, just saying there are approaches to self-care meanwhile that could improve how you feel.
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Yes, I am saying that I see no indications of ALS in your post.

Labs don't always find nutritional deficiencies, and they certainly can't see if you are burning the proverbial candle at both ends, as adults your age tend to do.

Seeing a doc is a good idea since you perceive a significant change in the last week, just saying there are approaches to self-care meanwhile that could improve how you feel.

Thank you for the reassurance even if I do end up having something (anything) I appreciate it I will put this away until then and try to ease my mind and work on myself.
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