Second opinion] I am a 36-year old female with no existing medical conditions. I have been having cramp-like feelings in what feels like my whole body, but it is really most apparent in my legs and to a slightly lesser degree in my arms. Over the past few days I've had the pre-cramp feeling (similar to what menstrual cramps feel like where it's not truly a cramp but that burning inflammation feeling). Now today it has become moreso just pain, along with some twitching off and on in the affected muscles. I've been concerned about twitching previously because I've had a persistent one in my left arm (it isn't constant but has persisted on and off for over a month). I do get other random twitches in my body as well. Because of the twitching, I've also been EXTREMELY worried about ALS and now with the cramp-like feelings I am even more worried because both cramps and twitching are listed as early symptoms of ALS. I should also mention that I've been dealing with a collection of symptoms over the course of the past year that resemble something very similar to CFS, but in working with a homeopathic provider she believes it is a lyme co-infection. So I've been doing a protocol to rid my body of the lyme and I do know that many people get what's called a "herx reaction" when doing this type of detox... but I'm not sure that would include this cramp-like feeling?? Really just looking for reassurance that this does not in any way sound like ALS and some concrete reasons why.
JA: The Doctor can help. Just a couple quick questions before I transfer you. What are all your symptoms? Have you talked to a doctor about ALS?
Customer: The symptoms that resemble CFS and are off an on include: fatigue
, brain fog, eye strain, dizziness, nausea, general malaise, muscle soreness, twitching, tingling hands/feet, occasional numbness in extremities, neck & jaw tightness/pain, chest pain, ringing in ears, headaches, feeling of low blood sugar, stomach bloating & pain, chills, flushed and/or itchy skin, night sweats, dry eyes, sore throat, trouble sleeping, and anxiety. I've had lots of blood work done - all normal, a CT of my chest, abdomen and pelvis - normal. I've had two separate MRI's with one being done very recently - normal. I discussed ALS with my doctor recently when I was having the twitching and he didn't feel that any testing was needed since I didn't have weakness. But not that I have these cramp-like feelings I'm nervous again because I've seen articles about people who start out with cramps and twitching...
JA: What did you discuss at your last visit to the doctor?
Customer: Approximately 2 weeks ago I discussed my concern about the twitching for which he did a quick strength test which was normal, and then ordered my most recent MRI of my brain and cervical spine to be sure there wasn't anything going on there. A small bulge at C5-6 was found on the MRI, nothing else concerning. There was no nerve impingement.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the Doctor should know?
Customer: Not that I can think of!