Does it look like a bulbar als?

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Hello. I didn’t think that I would write here, but my concern made me do it. The fact is that, as it seems to me, many of my problems are similar to the signs of a bulbar form of als. I am 19 years old. It all started at 17 years old. Then I felt and saw that on the foot of my left leg, when I was relaxed, my muscles jerk violently.

Then the first thing I did was start looking for a reason on the Internet and saw that it could be signs of als. Then I already began to be very afraid, and even went to a neurologist. But he said that he did not see anything serious, and wrote me a lot of sedatives, which I drank, but they did not help me. Then for a long time I stopped somehow paying attention to these twitches. Then I began to twitch and calf on the leg. I noticed that they only exist when the muscles are relaxed, for example when I am lying, and my leg is as if tense. After exercise, they are greatly enhanced, and when I sleep they are not. Sometimes there are twitches all over the body.

This went on for 2 years, everything was stable. But now, after 2 years, my legs began to twitch. When I noticed this, I began to be very afraid, I had never been so afraid. Then, cramps began to appear on my thigh when I relaxed, which further increased my fear and panicked, I was sure that these were signs of the disease. After fear, I began to twitch my tongue muscles and squeeze in my neck. And I thought it was a bulbar form. I began to constantly look in the mirror at my tongue and saw that it was somehow wavy, there were some red spots on it. It seemed to me that these are signs of atrophy.

When I eat it seems to me that the remnants of food are stuck in my throat, and I have to swallow several times, and I'm also afraid to choke. There are no problems with liquids, only with food. I noticed dry food that I chew for a very long time before swallowing. This has never happened before. Some snot appeared in my throat that I have to swallow. I began to cough sometimes.

I tried to write all my problems. I would be very grateful if you could help me figure it out; Does it really sound like als. I will also attach a photo of my language. Does this look like atrophy?
 

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Nope, not ALS. Not a chance.
Back to the doctor, don't look for help here.
 

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D, you've written you have seen a Neurologist...

"But he said that he did not see anything serious."

A neurologist is a highly trained and educated physician... yet you apparently
doubt his expertise and come here. (?)

Then you wrote...

"I would be very grateful if you could help me figure it out..."

Really?

I'd bet your Neurologist would appreciate that if he knew.

If you reply do not send a brick of text. Break it up into proper paragraphs.
Nobody here appreciates pictures of your tongue... let your Neurologist
enjoy that.
 
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Excuse me.

It’s just that I was with a neurologist for a long time, then I still didn’t have symptoms such as a feeling of stuck food in my throat, sputum and cramps, but now they have appeared.

I just wanted to know if I could have signs of this disease.
 

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We have not read anything that sounds like ALS.

Cramps and a feeling of food sticking most often relate to what you eat and drink, how you exercise and sleep, and your stress. Since you are very afraid, this is its own problem and talking to someone you trust, maybe even a counselor, can help you get out of that trap.

If the mucus or saliva or tongue problems bother you, you might try a nasal steroid or allergy medication. You could also consult with a nose and throat specialist if your primary care physician cannot help you. The good news is, there is no need for you to be here.

Best,
Laurie
 

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Dexonside,

I am NOT a medical professional, but it seems clear to me that your issue is anxiety, not ALS.

You said "Then the first thing I did was start looking for a reason on the Internet and saw that it could be signs of als."
That is a big mistake. Look up headaches, and it will probably send you to a site that mentions brain cancer.
It is a "fools errand" to "start looking for a reason on the Internet." I have made the same mistake.

Consider getting help for the real issue, then go to college, get married, have kids, become a Doctor, find a cure for ALS, cancer, or whatever your dreams are. But stop wasting so much energy and time worrying, and imagining the worst.

Here is a quote that has helped me.
But what torments of grief you endured / From evils which never arrived!” Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
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