Dirty EMG Bad Anxiety

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Recently got an EMG for sensation changes and pain in legs and arms. TLDR I have done so much reading on EMG's I could basically do them. The findings here are consistent with radiculopathy as well as ALS. I also am missing my ankle reflexes.

Twiching for about 3 months in my shoulders and calves 24/7.

I spoke to my neurologist and he had me get an MRI of my back because he was suspecting impingement. Results, nothing, back is fine. He doesn't know where this damage has come from. I was in an accident like 6 years ago but only had a little back pain after it.

Neurologist just sent me for PT and a 3 month follow-up. Really freaking out, so much anxiety, I think I am starting to feel weak in my arms and i'm betting it's just from my anxiety about this.
 

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There should be a summary conclusion. Who said it was consistent with ALS ? Not seeing that
 

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... :( I did... My twitching has gotten 50x since this though.. I am just freaked out because he does not have a good explanation of where these changes came from.
 

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Well you are not a neurologist apparently and Mr Google can’t make you one. We see this kind of emg here a lot and the people do not return and say they get diagnosed.
 

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You have radiculopathy (and health anxiety), not ALS. Please don't insult the members here who do have this awful disease. Twitching means nothing. 70% of people twitch for no good reason; do 70% of the human population have ALS? No, they do not.

Go back to your doctor for discussion and to soothe your fears of having a disease that you don't evidence having. Good luck to you.
 

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Second that. In no universe does this EMG signify ALS, your fears notwithstanding. The PT should help your spine issues and improve things with your legs. As you say, whatever's going on with your arms is probably your mind doing its freakout but the PT can evaluate your arms a bit as well, and monitor your strength.

Connecting this EMG with ALS would be like connecting your next headache with a brain tumor.

Best,
Laurie
 

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Appologies everyone, I never wanted to cause pain to anyone, especitally any of the brave people facing this disease. I thought this section of the forum was for things like this. Thank you for your input. My neuologist has referred me to a nuromuscular specialist.
 

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You're in the right section of the forum, yes, but having obtained our opinion that you have nothing to worry about as regards ALS, it's inappropriate to argue the point. Your neurologist may be referring you to cover themselves/address your fears; a referral is not a prognostic marker.

You yourself bet on anxiety in your original post, and your money's safe. Sometimes our first thoughts are our truest. All the best.
 
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