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no problem - are you a neurologist, though? You seem to be an eye doctor...
well, how much do you know about neuromuscular issues?
It's concerning nm diseases - ALS, in particular. I have been petrified of having the disease since I began experiencing muscle twitching (all over) almost two years ago. During the time, the only other objective symptom I've had has been left shoulder weakness, which has been diagnosed as a rotator cuff issue.
I have had a total of seven EMG tests done, with the last one being under a month ago, with a neuromuscular disease specialist. He tested eight spots in my left arm and leg.
Problem is, about a week after the test, a muscle just above my RIGHT knee started twitching, multiple times a day, about 20s at a time, and for just under two weeks. From what I understand about Benign Fasciculation Syndrome, these "hot spots" are normal, and everyone gets them, and they eventually go away.
That particular twitch has indeed gone away, but of course, my worried mind keeps being worried. If it were the disease in progress, wouldn't that twitch have remained until the muscle was dead? As well, wouldn't I notice weakness prior to the twitching setting in?
it's been said to me a million times that twitching, in the absence of weakness and muscle atrophy, is just benign twitching, and many people fall victim to it. Some more than others.
I think it was just because that one twitch was so localized, that's what had me scared. That being said, it didn't affect my ability to do anything, thus I don't think there was any weakness.
I'm guessing that if a knee/quad muscle of any sort is damaged or dead, things like running and jumping would be very difficult, and my gait would be altered. Does that sound about right?