Muscle cramps and weakness for a week. Could this be ALS?

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I've been worried sick about my health condition these days I can't function well in school. My arms and legs have been feeling weak and have been getting short but sharp cramps. They would also feel numb sometimes along with a tingling feeling. I also seldom feel some muscle twitching which are not painful.

This happened a day after a very mild workout. Since then I haven't exercised due to the weakness of both my arms and legs.

The results I've been getting from the internet had made it difficult for me to sleep and go out. I am terrified this could be ALS. Is there any chance, even a slight one, that this could not be something serious? I am almost convinced that this is ALS but I still have a small dash of hope that it isn't.

What do you guys think? It would be very helpful if some of you could share your own experiences. Thank you so much!

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    First thing stop looking on Google

    Get yourself to a doctor and tell them the symptoms you are getting so they do some tests on you how old are you ? You said you was at school it could be a number of things

    Stop worring but do get it seen too

    Take care

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    Please try not to worry! Anxiety alone can cause ALL of these symptoms! As for the ALS, I'm am CERTAIN that you can put that fear to rest. My understanding is that it is very insidious-- it starts very slowly over the course of months to years and most people suffer with it for years before they are diagnosed. I also believe that it is always asymmetrical (only on one side of the body at a time.) It's not something that you'd notice over the course of a week. 
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      The cramps and weakness are alternating from one body part to another. For instance my left arm will be feeling the pain for a couple of hours or minutes then as soon as it feels better the other arm starts to feel the same pain. I have been stressing out lately about my condition and the internet hasn't been really helping me. Thank you so much for your response! This definitely lightens up a bit my mood about all this
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    Of course, go and see your doctor, but I would bet money that it's nothing serious. Just working out can make your body feel that way, esp if you are fighting a bug or even have the sniffles.  Go out and have fun!!  It's all going to be just fine wink
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    Hi

    I'm also going through something similar. I haven't had full blown cramps, but my arms and hands feel weak much of the day. It's even worse when they get cold. It gets better in a sauna. And my lower arms, hands, lower legs and feet start hurting when I stress. I also have pain in the pads in my hands. They get tired when I use them sometimes. Also I get more twitches if I work out, but I've had them all over.

    I'm still in the process of going to doctors and I've been through various disease fases: MS, ALS, Huntington (crazy), back to ALS. I'm still not completely convinced, but the most benign explanation I've found is BFS (Benign Fasciculation Syndrome). Try to put your mind on that one.

    About ALS and MS:

    They say that with ALS you don't *feel* weak, but *are* weak. Numb and tingling *sometimes* also sounds like anxiety, as sensory stuff, as far as I know, doesn't occur with ALS. And with MS it's not sometimes, but for days or weeks on end.

    My advice would be to go with BFS induced by anxiety/stress/lack of sleep/virus/bug/all of them at once. That's what I try telling myself. I'm going to talk to a neuro again today (after having had an EMG 2 weeks ago).

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      Thank you for your response! The anxiety might really be adding up to the symptoms I've been worrying abt. I wish you luck with your health hope everything's fine do keep me updated cheers x
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    Hi Kylie001!

    I think that you should go see your doctor. There are so many things that have these symptoms. But try not to worry because stress/anxiety can not only cause your symptoms but make it hard for doctors to tell what is wrong. If you work out a lot, it could be dehydration or an electrolyte imbalance. Get some rest, make sure you are staying hydrated with water and make your appointment as soon as you can. You will feel better when you have someone helping you rule things out medically. Take care!

     

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    I am not a doctor for sure. I use to work out hard along time ago. My cramps were so bad. My body hurt and was weak. I went to the doctor, he sent me to a nutritionist, my levels were all wrong. She educated me how to diet and sent me to the gym to talk to a personal trainer. All worth it. He even showed me tricks like if my legs hurt at work to stretch a minute and then eat a banana ha. People want to work out but are not properly trained when and how to do cardo or anything else. Try to talk to someone if u go to the gym. still go to your dr always. Dont panic from internet, we all go thru that. Stay away from that. It hard. Thats why i am here now. Let us know what happens. Keep smiling dont be scared.
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