I Am Struggling With Some Symptoms, And I Am Hoping
- Pain in left thumb when squeezing something hard (for the past 11 months),
but no weakness.
- Pain in the right index finger when it is pushed to the right (for the past 11 months),
but no weakness.
- Muscle twitching:
- About 9 months ago I had a twitch in my right bicep that would occur
on and off most days, but it has been gone for 3 months now.
- My right ring finger twitched on and off for several months but has been
gone for 3 months now.
- Various widespread twitches (totaling 10-20 per day) for the past 9 months.
- I believe I also have had something called “post micturion dribble”
for approximately 6 months (occurred after gaining 20 lbs).
- I’ve noticed that my wrists have an electric shock sensation when I bump
the underside of the wrist hard with something. This seems to have subsided some.
- If I wake up and try to go back to sleep, I’ll sometimes feel a couple of my fingers
make a random movement, like a “sleep jerk”, but not violent. This seems
to have subsided some.
- For the past month or so, my upper arms seem to get sore easily.
I’ve seen two general practitioners, and both did a basic clinical strength test and found no weakness. I’ve had bloodwork done, and the only thing found there was high bilirubin.
Do you think this could be motor neuron disease? These issues came up right at the culmination of a year of extreme mental stress in my life, including me stressing about my blood pressure being too high (which it wasn’t). I’ve been really paranoid about all of this ever since it started, so maybe I’m creating these problems?
Clinical features are not suggestive of ALS.
Thank you for posting your query.
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I have noted your clinical details. Based on this, the most likely diagnosis is benign fasciculations syndrome (BFS). ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is unlikely in your case. In ALS, there would be muscle weakness as well as muscle wasting (thinning of muscles), which are lacking in your case.
Muscle twitching commonly occurs in BFS, and tends to get aggravated with stress and anxiety.
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Post micturition dribble is a separate issue.
Thank you for getting back.
Post micturition dribble is a separate issue. Moreover, bladder/urinary symptoms are not seen in ALS.
Similarly, muscle soreness and finger pain are also unrelated to BFS. They are likely related to some local issue with muscles.
Electric shock like sensation on bumping wrist is normal (occurs due to mild pressure on nerves located under the skin) and there is no need to worry about it.
Also, do you think the post micturion dribble is a separate issue?
Yes, muscle pain is not a feature of ALS.
Muscle pain is not a feature of ALS.
If dribbling of urine is minor, it can be ignored. However, if it is recurrent, or getting worse over time, it would need to get evaluated by a Urologist.
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM
So my understanding is that the muscle pain also points away from ALS, is that right?
And if the dribble isn’t causing me any problems, is that something that I should have checked out?