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    Anybody Familiar With Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

    I just reviewed my EMG results from september '11, EMG of my right triceps revealed a reduced recruitment abnormalities. I must have been nervous because i didn't completely relax the muscle so they couldn't distinguish any fascinations, has anyone had similar problems with EMG findings?
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    Anybody Familiar With Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

    Does anyone know how I could find a neurologist that specializes in SMA? My neurologist said it wouldn't hurt to get a second opinion, I doubt he has seen many if any cases of late onset SMA. I will ask my GP on friday, but if i could come with some names I think it would help...
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    Does anyone know anything about spinal muscular atrophy type 4?

    Hi kitchner, I have spent an incredible amount of time researching SMA as my mother is affected with Kugelberg-Welander as well as (suspected) two of her siblings, and as you know I'm undergoing tests as well. The type of SMA in my family is type 3. Types 1/2/3 are linked to the SMN1 gene on...
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    Anybody Familiar With Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

    Hi! So good news but frustrating to no end. My biopsy results did not confirm an SMA diagnosis, however there were "mild non-specific changes of skeletal muscle". I'm so sick of the term "non-specific"! My EMG showed non-specific recruitment abnormalities, and now my biopsy was non-specific...
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    Anybody Familiar With Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

    Kitchener, Good answer! Honestly, these are not important questions, just curiosities I have about how our bodies and muscles function. I should have went to med school! I don't think my doctor would go into as much detail as I would like so I snooped the Washington University's Neuromuscular...
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    Anybody Familiar With Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

    Hi everyone. I had my Muscle Biopsy done on my right quadriceps Tues morning this week. My surgeon opted for an open incision Biopsy as apposed to a Needle Biopsy for reasons that he did not explain. I went to the ER around midnight on Tues with severe swelling and pain at the site of the...
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    Anybody Familiar With Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

    bryant123martha, When you got your SMA diagnosis was it a clinical one, or a genetic one? Did your diagnosis of SMA change when you showed UMN symptoms or did you get an ALS on top of your SMA?
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    Anybody Familiar With Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

    Wish this forum had an edit post button... Is pain usually associated with ALS? I have not come across any literature on SMA that includes pain, but my mother has a pain syndrome where she feels sharp shooting pains all over her body. She manages it with Gabapentin, and light doses of...
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    Anybody Familiar With Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

    Kitchener: I have hao DNA tests done. The first was the carrier screen which showed one detected SMN1 gene. The second was the Sequencing Analysot sure which method was used as I have lost my report, however I remember reading in the disclaimer that although the test is close to 99% accurate if...
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    Anybody Familiar With Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

    Yes i have had an EMG as well as the Nerve Conduction Velocity study. Here`s an excerpt from my report. ``The left peroneal motor and sural sensory studies were normal. EMG of the right triceps had non specific recruitment abnormalities. The thoracic paraspinal muscles had no clearly...
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    Anybody Familiar With Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

    Quick update: My GP has tested me for all the usual suspects: diabetes, cpk levels negligibly above norm, informatory normal, hemoglobin normal, cholesterol normal, heart tests all normal including ultrasound. My neurological exam was normal with slight weakness in triceps, and hip flexors...
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    Anybody Familiar With Spinal Muscular Atrophy?

    Hello everyone! I'm a 25yr old man living in Saskatchewan with a family history of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which degenerates Lower Motor Neurons only and usually affects children. A little family background, my mother has confirmed SMA linked to chromosome 5q, she was diagnosed in '96 and is...
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