- Jun 25, 2012
- Learn about ALS
I am very thankful I found this forum and have been reading threads and found them very helpful. I thinks it's time to contibute and start talking with people about ALS even if it's in a forum. I am 36 year old male that has had many generations of our family die from ALS. My father died some years ago when he was 45. Like my father, his father also died from this disease in his late 30's. I have been having some symtoms over the past 6 months. My left arm has been "crawling" and twitching. I have noticed weakness and possible atrophy in the muscle where the crawling/twitching has been. I have always been a gym rat and tried to stay in shape. I wieght train and always try to work my body evenly. My left arm has been getting weaker dispite traing evenly. I can notice a physical difference while looking in the mirror from one arm to the other. Over all I am still in good shape but I fatigue very fast. I have been sleeping in my car during lunch to rest and regain some stamina to finsh out my work day. I spent alot time in my 20's trying to understand ALS and what happened to my dad. I accepted the fact that I have a 60% if having this disease and came to grips with the notion many years ago. I have a wife and 2 beautiful kids 4 and 7...... If ALS is "knocking at the door", and I think it is. I just don't know how to start this possible new chapter in my life. I need a little push in the right direction and want communicate with poeple who cant relate to what I am going through. Can ALS be diagnosed in the very early stages of the disease? Thanks for looking .