- Aug 18, 2007
- Woodland Hills
Hi everyone, I'm new here. I found this forum while looking around for information on ALS on Google. Lately I've been experiencing a variety of symptoms that seems unrelated to ALS. Light-headedness, slight dizziness, stiff neck, gastrointestinal probems etc. I was thinking that they might be anxiety related, or a possible thyroid problem but within the past few days I have been having some odd feelings in my left hand. It's the forearm really that bothers me. From what I've read, ALS generally begins with weakness in a hand or leg, and then progresses throughout the body. Difficulty with tasks that require manual dexterity is supposedly one of the first signs, but I don't think I am having this problem. I don't have a problem tieing my shoes, or typing, or turning a key in a lock, I just seem to have a funny feeling in my forearm like I've been lifting weights or doing something strenuous. I mostly notice it at work (I work at a grocery store). When I try to put things on the shelf, or straighten things out, it feels like my left arm gets fatigued quickly, and then it kind of spreads to my fingers. It also seems to improve with rest. I've been trying to use my right arm more often, and I do feel a little more fatigued than usual, but not to the same degree as my left. On my days off I don't really notice anything out of the ordinary. Also, I have very vague pains in my arm and fingers, and I understand that ALS isn't supposed to cause pain. Is any of this characterisitc of ALS, or is it all in my head? I plan to see my PCP soon to discuss my symptoms, but I would appreciate any input on my situation. Is there a simple test that I could have done that could rule out ALS? Sorry if this post is a bit long, but I'm nervous and am just typing things as they come to mind.