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Twal1

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Hi there. Thank you all and I really appreciate your time. I'm a 39 year old male that has been freaking out for the last 4 months. Back in early September I started getting fasisculations and at first it didn't bother me, then as time went on I started googling....They have been rather persistent since then, I first noticed them in my calves then quickly everywhere else. At the time I was under a ton of stress(still am). I've also been experiencing lightheadedness mainly in the AM and it seems like my tinnitus has gotten a little worse. I have started taking lexapro for anxiety about a month ago and it was working great to the point my fasisculations almost seemed to go away but I was getting a lot of side effects. Recently my anxiety started coming back. I haven't experienced any noticable weekness and was able to get into a neuro at the VA. After the exam the doc told me he sees no sign or any neuro disease and also had his boss come in and look at me who also told me the same. I apologise ahead of time if I'm wasting your time but for me and my family sake I'm looking for a first hand opinion to help put my mind at rest.
 

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Hi there-
If you could read here: Important - READ BEFORE POSTING! Answers to common concerns about possible symptoms It outlines a few things for folks who google "twitching" and find themselves here fearing a terminal disease. The fact you've been cleared by two specialists and don't actually exhibit any of the pattern of symptoms that indicates ALS means you're good to go and don't need to pursue ALS any further.

I am hoping you are still receiving some support for your anxiety and also have someone you can talk to about your meds and possible side effects. Having someone you can touch base with as you find the best therapeutic dose of Lexapro is likely a bit more healthy for you than hanging out on a forum for folks with ALS.

Best wishes
 

Twal1

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Thanks for your reply and I really appreciate your bluntness. I'm not proud to say that my brain had been through the ringer between 2 iraq deployments and a career in law enforcement.

I'm really easy to work up now and have and a history of anxiety. I really am sorry if I am wasting people time and if I'm insulting in anyway.

I freak a little because I got 4 kids and a wife and we just moved out of state. My neuros also didn't want to do a EMG because they didn't think it was necessary. Little over 3 years ago I was in a neurologist's office and they did diagnose me with neuropathy and they said I did have a fasisculations in my left arm but thought they were benign.

At times I feel all the little symptoms add up and my mind goes crazy. Again thanks for reading
 

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If you experience lightheadness as you get out of bed or switch positions, and your tinnitus is worsening, it might be worth a trip to a doc who can see and remove impacted cerumen (wax + skin cells) in your ear(s), which can cause/worsen dizziness and tinnitus, among other symptoms.

Twitches as you have read here and elsewhere are not a concern in and of themselves. There are several other SSRIs besides Lexapro as well as antidepressants like mirtazapine, that may better help you keep anxiety more stable. Counseling is also worth considering, even by video.

The good news -- there is no reason to worry about ALS.

Best,
Laurie
 
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