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After my fourth sleepless night Iíve decided to finally reach out.

I am a 32 year old, seemingly healthy, mother to a two year old. At present I am VERY stressed. I will make no secret about that. Probably more stressed than I have ever been in my life. I work per diem, am a full time nursing student who just had finals, my father in law recently passed away suddenly, add to that every day stresses and I am topped out. So what Iím going to mention could be stress related. I understand that, but my mind is still running wild.

It started about a month ago, twitching in the middle from of my thigh on and off for spurts, for about 3 days, it felt like there were a swarm of bees in there. When I noticed myself ball up my fist and pound on my leg to get the ďbeesĒ to stop is when I initially got scared, because you see, in 2004 while living with my grandparents this is what I often seen my 62 year old Pap do to his leg to get the ďbeesĒ to stop. His ALS progression was harsh and rapid. He was my paternal grandfather and the only family member I believe that has had ALS. Then a few days later the ďbeesĒ went away for me and were temporarily forgotten.

Over the weekend they came back, getting progressively worse. My ankle and knee feel ďwobbly.Ē The ďbeesĒ are still in my thigh but now in my calf as well. Accompanied but little muscle spasms all down my leg sporadically. I barely slept the last two evenings. Unsure whether itís from worry or the discomfort Iím feeling. I am a clumsy individual to begin with, smacked my shin off the bed tonight (nice black and blue already) this is my norm, but I seem to keep missing light switches, fumbling, my hand feels heavy and Iíve noticed Iím now using my left hand more to avoid using the right. Iím sure I am just being hyper aware now of my functions because I am terrified it is ALS. I do not work out and am unaware of any recent trauma Iíve inflicted on myself to be causing these spasms. There are pops all over my body now not just my left leg. I can stand on my tip toes fine, but it feels like my ankle may give out at any second. I just canít convince myself that stress is causing this abnormal feeling in my leg. Iíve been eating bananas and drinking Pedialyte, so Iím sure itís not an electrolyte imbalance. Frankly Iíd like nothing more than to wake up tomorrow and have it feel fine, but it has been this way since Friday night.

I did go to my primary doctor and when he did a reflex test I was hyperactive with my right knee and he also said I perceived everything as sharp feeling in my right leg. So that of course got me scared. He ordered spinal X-rays which al came back clear. Iím set up for an emg next week, Iím just terrified that and my stomach is in knots. He prescribed muscle relaxers to help the spasms so hopefully I can sleep.

Just scared and reaching out.
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First a grandparent with ALS as your only relative means your risk of ALS is negligible. Even if you had multiple relatives with onset at 60 plus ( which you don’t) I would be telling you it would unlikely to have family onset so much younger.

Feeling weak and change in sensation on exam point away from ALS. My sensory exam is completely normal and I absolutely feel as if I can walk on my toes and balance on one leg. I can not - not even for a few seconds. This is normal for ALS.

I don’t know what is wrong with you. An EMG can reveal many different issues mostly treatable ones so maybe you will get an answer there but I would be ASTOUNDED if it showed any indication of ALS

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Totally agree with Nikki.

Attend to the stress.
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Nikki & Greg-
Thank you both for your insight.
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