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peanut78

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Hi Everyone,
I will try to make this short. I am a 28/yo female, and am worried about ALS. I am definitely a hypochondriac, but am so terrified I have ALS. I recently started having muscle twtiching (for about a week), mostly in arms and legs, and now my left arm and leg feel weak. i wonder if it's all in my head after reading about ALS. I had a neurology appt 2 days ago, and am scheduled for an MRI and EMG Monday. My questions are:

1. Is it too soon to have an EMG? Would benign fasciculations show up on an EMG as well? How can they tell the difference?

2. How likely is it for a 28 year old to have ALS?

3. Could I be making myself think my arm and leg are weak because I'm terrified of ALS?

Thank you for any input!
 

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Hi,
most likely it IS your psychic - Im the same case. My psychiatric told me, she had a man who couldnt walk for 6 months due to psychic state - all is possible when your mind is anxious.

About ALS: Starting wide-spread twitches and weakness in a few days isnt als. Als progresses rapidly, but I doubt it could be SO fast.

Im hypochondriac too, if I thought about MS, I felt electric shocks in my hands..
 

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Fasciculations will show up on an EMG.

Fasciculations, or fascics are localized twitches of the muscle fibers.

From the On-Line Medical Dictionary:

A small local contraction of muscles, visible through the skin, representing a spontaneous discharge of a number of fibres innervated by a single motor nerve filament

Benign Fasciculation Syndrome, or (BFS) is different than ALS. here is a link to a BFS FAQ I found useful.

So, yes. Fasciculations are all the same to the machine.
 

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Thank you for your responses.
If twitching shows up on an EMG in either BFS or ALS, how do they know if it's benign or from ALS?:confused:
 

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Thanks AnnMarie,
So basically someone with BFS casn also have an abnormal EMG?
 
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