- Dec 27, 2007
- Learn about ALS
Hello everyone. I guess I should just get to the point. I have recently developed some alarming symptoms and I'm in need of some insight. I was in the gym about 2 weeks ago when it all started. I performed an exercise and the strenght in both of my arms was just fine. I went on to my exercise and found that my right arm was much weaker than my left arm. I dismissed it as general fatigue because I was sick the week before. I went back to the gym a few days later and found that my right arm was indeed weaker (probably by about 20%). I know what you guys are thinking: you hurt your arm in the gym . . . BUT . . . I felt absolutely no pain that first day in the gym and I'm still not feeling any pain of any kind. So I took the last week or so off from the gym and on Christmas day, I was sitting on my couch and felt the strength leave my left arm in a matter of 30 seconds (I've probably lost about 20% of my strength in that arm as well). It was a very strange feeling . . . as if someone had sucked the life out of it. A day later, I found that my right leg became weaker and then the next day (today), my right leg feels weaker too. I am in no pain at all; I've simply lost strenght in my limbs and they get fatigued much quicker. Can the loss of strength from limb to limb happen this quickly with ALS? I am losing sleep and obsessing about my symptoms. I have a 7 year old son and I don't want him to see me die when he is so young and I certainly want to see him grow-up. I'm trying to calm down and I find that at times I'm able to, but I always go back to this dreaded disease. What's ironic about all of this, is that I'm a college professor who teaches physiology, so I know a fair bit about the disease, but I'm certainly not an expert like you guys seem to be. Can anyone here please help me.