Is this atrophy? Is is this bulbar?

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Hey everyone! I have been seeing my tongue a little weird
These days! Can u tell me if this is what atrophy looks like and if i should go back to my neuro? I had a clean emg 3 weeks ago, they tested jaw and paraspinals but not the tongue.

Also how long does it take for atrophy to develop after it starts. I dont have any problema eating although I do feel i stumble on some words once in a while but I can quickly correct myself.


I have attached some pics:

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Another pic:

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Another:
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Anyone have any idea if this could be atrophy?
 

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Did you show the dr your tongue? What did they say?
 

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Yes I did show him and he said it was ok. However I dont know of it looked this way that day.
 

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I didn't show the doctor the tongue tightening it up like I show it in all except one of the pictures I have posted.
 

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At some point you have to trust the drs. They are the ones trained, educated and experienced in making the decisions of yes or no. If you are still worried go for another opinion.

Everyone stumbles over words now and then and it is completely normal. If there was atrophy it would not come and go. And if there is atrophy the muscle is dying and you would be having problems in drinking and speaking to the point it would be noticeable. I wish you peace.
 

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Vicky thank you so much for taking the time to answer. Have you ever
Seen tongue atrophy in early stages? Would this be what it looks like? Should I examen my tongue in the tight or resting position?
 

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You shouldn't examine your tongue. It will look different everytime and only a dr is qualified to determine if there is a problem. I could look at the pictures 100 times and still not be able to answer your questions. I don't want to sound harsh or demeaning but You are going to drive yourself nuts with this.

Get another opinion if it will help quell your fears. At sometime you will have to accept what the drs are telling you. It is up to you how many drs you go to. One dr can be wrong but 2, 3, 4....can't all be wrong if they are saying the same thing. I am sorry I can't answer your questions. I can understand your fears, we have all been there.
 

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If you have been to a neurologist and he/she has told you it is not atrophy, trust that.

Speech impediments coming from ALS can't be corrected, you will find yourself saying the word the same way whether you like it or not.

Changes in the tongue can come from vitamin deficiences, mainly from some sort of Vitamin B.
 

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Ok thank you! I didnt ask the dr specifically if it had atrophy, he looked at it during the check up and said "tongue looks ok".
 

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Do you mean that right from the start the mispronciation would be permanant and incorrectable? I stumble on words but am not slurring. Has anyone had bulbar start like this?
 

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It is a slurring of words, like some one who is drunk. And it does not get better, only worse.
 

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Did i mention im 31, has anyone heard of bulbar onset in the 30s?
 

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Sure, Lou Gehrig was in his thirties when he was diagnosed with ALS. But it's rare, it usually happens to people who are older, past their fifties. My aunt was diagnosed in her sixties.
 
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