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Kevvyboy

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Hi - and first off thanks for reading.

I may be in the wrong place, but a potted history: a 49 year old man with no medical history, but twitching in a number of locations (mainly calves, foot-arches, upper arms, back and sometimes tongue) for c. 10 months. Had a neuro exam about 3 months into the twitching after a referral from GP/PCP - no issues at that point were noted, other than the twitches which I understand are "judged by the company they keep". Hence, shortly after this I had a nerve conduction and EMG at 5 points which showed the twitches (and registered them) on calves, other than that, nothing. Also get a bit of muscle pain on the legs, feet and arms.

But, the past few weeks something I've never had before - what I think is heartburn. Is this related in any way to ALS does anyone know? I also get a slight feeling of being breathless, but it's not restricting daily activities. I also had an MRI at the same point as EMG, this was clear on brain and spine - i was in fact more worried about progressive MS than ALS as I'm of Scottish descent and MS is less rare here, despite twitching not being a classic MS symptom. But this latest issue has got me wondering about ALS...and re-thinking the twitching in the context of the details in this paragraph, I searched this site and saw a couple of posts re diaphragm weakness and “reflux” - but those were old posts.

I'm not really the kinda guy that walks on his heels, toes, or does other tests! So, anecdotally, I stopped running about 6 months ago as the muscle pain/stiffness was too much, but I still go to the gym and do the same routine as before - weights to a moderate level. My weight is level in the last year, if anything slightly increased. Work in an office.

Would anyone have any comment on this? Thank you
 

KarenNWendyn

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No ALS here.

A clean EMG means no ALS.
Twitching is common, nonspecific, and meaningless.
Heartburn is not related to ALS.

You’re right that you’re in the wrong place, fortunately.
 

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No ALS in this picture, fortunately, but to keep your weight level, loosen up, and even possibly address the slight breathless feeling, why not kick off a walking regimen over hill and dale?

If the feeling of heartburn/breathlessness continues, do see your GP.

Best,
Laurie
 
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