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I've recently (about ten hours ago) received a spinal tap to

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Hello. I've recently (about ten hours ago) received a spinal tap to test for neurological issues. I'm, as one would be, quite terrified of ALS. Even MS seems like a cakewalk in comparison. I recently developed intermittent muscle twitching on my back left bicep. I was curious, is it normal for ALS muscle twitching to come and go, or is it pretty standard that once the twitching has begun, it doesn't really stop?
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: No meds. I'm seeing a doctor now, but I don't go in again for a few days.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Weakness in my left arm and left leg, pain in my ribcage.
JA: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? Any redness or swelling in the leg?
Customer: this a bot?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Neurology
Expert:  Dr. David replied 11 months ago.

This is Dr. David

99.99% of all benign twitching is due to benign fasciculations which will not lead to ALS or MS

severe anxiety can cause you to have benign fasciculation twitching of your nerves.

dehydration, lack of sleep, muscle fatigue, low potassium, or low magnesium levels can cause it as well.

you could also have a pinched nerve in your neck or cervical spine which can cause twitching and fasciculations as well.

make sure you drink plenty of water and fluids after your spinal tap

and try to lay down and get some sleep to recover.

let me know if you have questions.