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I was wondering how likely it is that runners can get ALS. I

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Hello. I was wondering how likely it is that runners can get ALS. I appear to have weakness/stiffness/twitching in my left pinky. I was wondering if this is any indicator of ALS? It functions pretty normally, but twitches occasionally, and in general feels weaker than my other one, especially sometimes when I try to hold objects in that hand. Is it at all likely that this can be a sign of something serious that I should get checked out, or am I just worrying too much (I am a hypochondriac)? Any help would be appreciated.
Running, and being an athlete in general, will not lead to this very rare neurological disease.
From what you have posted the symptoms you are experiencing are not a sign of ALS. A visit to your MD should confirm this.
You have nothing to fear.
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Dr. Rick
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Thanks for your help. Its just an uncomfortable twitching/ weakness feeling so I was curious. And I will make sure to rate your answer
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