- Aug 11, 2013
- Learn about ALS
Hi and first, thank you to everyone for having me on this forum. I have been researching ALS for some worrying symptoms I have had and I must admit that everything I have read on the internet has scared me to wits end. I am on the verge of a nervous breakdown because of all of this and so I am posting this in the hopes that maybe some of my questions will be answered. I have always had severe clinical major depression (severe for the last 3 years). Along with this, I also have severe anxiety. Not quite two years ago, I started getting the little twitches (or spasms) all over. Here we are now and I have them much more noticeably everywhere. I have talked to 2 doctors and a neurologist and have even specifically said I knew I had ALS and I keep being told this is all my anxiety. So I started my own research and now live in fear and tears everyday that this is what is wrong with me. So now here I am and I have a new symptom. I started feeling like its takes a little extra effort to get my words out and I feel like I have a weird sensation at the back of my mouth. Each day (but not all day long) i experience chokey feeling at the back of my throat. Hard to explain how it feels and it does not effect my eating (recently I had barium swallow which showed nothing except a hiatal hernia). I have turned to alcohol alot lately because it makes my symptoms seem to get better though as soon as I stop drinking, they come right back. I am so anxious about what could be wrong that I am ceasing to exist it seems. I have two very beautiful, young children and am 32 years old and am so scared I wont be here for them. My doctors keep telling me I jus need to take my medicines for depression and anxiety but I am so scared something will be missed because of my anxiety and depression issues. The symptoms I have feel very real to me. Does any of this sound like ALS? 'My heart goes out to everyone out there with this terrible illness ...