Could it be anything other than ALS

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Wondering if anyone has has similar issues and what it turned out to be?

started for me in March when I noticed to get muscle twitching all over my body arms, legs, feet, lips, buttocks etc. Some twitches were quite strong and would repeat 3 or 4 times rapidly then stop others were seen but not felt.

within a week one of my legs felt odd not sure how to describe it. Then the leg dealt weak but I still use it.

i went to the doctor who scheduled an EMG and NCS. The EMG was done on 2 muscles in the calf of my good leg for some reason and I was told all teats were normal. They suggested BFS. I was happy with that. 

Nothing changed, in fact I now have thigh Atrophy  - outer quad muscle. Doc confirmed the atrophy and is sending me back to the neuro. At this time I get a rush of muscle twitching in my upper abdomen after I cough or sneeze which is keeping my ALS fears on my mind. I can still walk, my leg gets tired fast and aches most of the time and the muscle has a burning feeling in it occasionally sometimes it even feels like it is vibrating. There also seems to be a tremor of my skin on the thigh, the wohle area between the knee and hip. Looks almost like the skin it shaking slightly from side to side. Not my leg shaking just the skin or muscle. I am also exhausted all the time and when I wake up I am mort tired then when I went to sleep. 

My doc admits he is confused and says he has no idea what it could be - this obviously leaves me quite frustrated and scared. I asked him about ALS and he said he doubts it but can offer no other possibilities as all my blood work and tests are fine. 

Hopefuls someone out there may be able to shed some light on this. 

Thank you. 

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  • Posted

    I had/have same issues since 2011.

    I am currently being seen by a genetic pathologist at The Cleveland Clinic.

    Currently so far it is a late onset fatty acid oxidation disorder.

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    A lot of neurological disorders can present itself Like a.l.s around 4000 but the chances of it being a.l.s is slim my guess is that you went symptom hunting online only a neurologist can prove its a.l.s
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    Thanks guys. 

    I had someone I know pass from ALS last year so that's why is is a major concern for me. They had bulbar so it happened very fast. Yes I did do some research also and everything I saw that included twitching, weakness and atrophy seemed to point toward ALS.  I really hope I am over thinking this just having troubles with wonderful how my family would manage if it turned out to be ...

    i am anxiously waiting my next neuro appointment to try and get to the bottom of this. 

    Thank you again.  

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    scott like I said befor theres over 4000 neurological disorders with your symotoms that closes it to up too 200 



    Progressive bulbar palsy (PBP)

    Progressive muscular atrophy (PMA)

    Primary lateral sclerosis (PLS

    Peripheral nerve damage (peripheral neuropathy)


    Myasthenic syndrome.

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    Have you done tests for MGUS/Multiple myeloma and Multiple sclerosis?

    I Have similar symptoms as you. Neurologists also said BFS and not to worry about ALS but didn't really help to solve the issue. I have a condition called MGUS (abnormal protein in blood) which I believe may be causing the twitching.

    I also suspect MS as I did a spinal tap and it shows one oligoclonal band (oligoclonal band are non specific but always present on patients with Multiple sclerosis )

    If you haven't already, I would ask for an MRI of brain and spine, a spinal tap, and do serum protein electrophoresis (blood test usually ordered by Hematologist)

    Hope this helps and you find some solution to resolve your twitching. I am still searching ... (symptoms started a year ago)

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      I had an MRI of the brain and neck done last week and I am awaiting the results which I will post, hopefully next week. 

      The twitching is bothersome but my biggest worry is the thigh atrophy on the outer quads and the constant aching in my leg.  The muscle looks sunken in but is still hard when flexed. 

      Thank you for the information. I appreciate the replies from everyone. 

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    Chiari Malformation!  

    Look up Conquer Chiari {dot} org.

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    Hi sean

    I am a Registered Nurse and I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I have had it for 8 years and am experiencing new neurological symptoms such muscle twitching and burning. I use to work with a Dr Specialising in Motor Neurone Disease. This is a horrible diagnosis of which muscle twitching and weakness were part of. I know what it is like to want the diagnosis so that one can start therapy asap. There are some therapies for MND but no cure. I wish you the best possible outcome and a diagnosis soon.

    best wishes from Sydney Australia


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