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What causes numbness in fingers and muscle twitching in legs when suffering from bulged discs?

Nov 2013
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Hi my name is XXXX XXXXXXX I am a 32 yr old male. For the past month I have been noticing some cramping, loss of feeling, thumb and pointer finger going numb and cramping, been having pain in the elbow some. Feeling real weak in my legs and feet. My neck is hurting c6 and c7 disc bulge but my ankle and feet have been aching pretty bad as well here lately. I am so scared I have ALS, I am a pretty stressful guy. Thanks for your response Hey doc I also see a Neuro in my hometown she has ran a MRI which came back pretty normal. I had a EMG test and NCV test done, the NCV test was only in the left and right arm which came back normal. The EMG test was only conducted in the Neck around the c6 c7 area and it was normal, he also test my right arm which at the time was not feeling and symptoms, and it came back negative. The doctor told me not to worry that I don't have ALS and peripheral neuropathy so at the time it felt good but I read the the test needs to be conducted in multiple arms and legs to get a good reading. I am trying to schedule another as we speak to ensure my Dx. I feel real jittery sometimes I don't know if it is nerves, I have muscle twitches constantly in my legs and thighs and occasionally in my arms, breast and back. My right foot is a little weaker than my left foot but I am able to still walk on my toes do push ups hop up and down stairs on my balls of my feet. I have been doing these thing in thought that I have ALS. Could you please shine some light on these symptoms for me I would greatly appreciate it and please tell me if this sounds like ALS. I can type but it feels weird to do so I don't know if it is in my mind or what.
Posted Wed, 19 Feb 2014 in Brain and Spine
Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar 37 minutes later
Brief Answer: My reply is below. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for posting your query. I have noted your symptoms and would like to reassure you that there is no need to worry as your symptoms do not suggest a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The symptoms are possibly due to bulged discs in the neck region, and the muscle twitching could be due to that too. Sometimes, muscle twitching can occur in a condition called as benign fasciculation syndrome (BFS). Normal MRI is a good news. So, you can relax and need not worry now. Detailed EMG of upper and lower limbs would be definitive in excluding a diagnosis of ALS. I hope my answer helps. Please get back if you have any follow up queries or if you require any additional information. Wishing you good health, Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) XXXXXXX Consultant Neurologist Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad, India Click on this link to ask me a DIRECT QUERY: My BLOG:
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they said my disc where really not causing the issue though doc. I mean I can't sleep at night I am ruining my married because I am freaking out. I thought you needed to conduct a more thouro exam of the EMG like both arms, legs, neck, back and tongue and all the NEUro did was just my right arm which was not symptomatic and the back of neck lol and got up and said I was fine no finding of ALS. Could that test showed ALS even though it was not in that arm, would it came up positive lets say if I had major weakness in my left arm and they tested my right arm would it have showed up being ALS? I am so sorry to be asking so many questions. I had a ER doc tell me it was not ALS by reading my MRI is this true? I know my age says other wise but strange things happen just because I am 32 does mean I cannot get this disease. Please one more time reassure me that I do not have ALS. Sorry Doc I took so long to answer you back I was fighting with my wife lol. She told me i was a crazy person and to let things go. I just can't I mean I can walk, talk, jump and do just about everything a man is suppose to do but I just get these muscle twitches in my legs when I am rest in bed and sometime in my upper body drives me crazy then I start thinking I have ALS or something. I need help Doc hahaha. I have been doing toe raises and stuff all day on my right and left foot but for some reason my right foot feels weaker than the left and it kinda aches a little bit I don't know if this is from all the exercises that I have done or what. I do remember playing football as a kid my right ankle would get weak because I was a kicker and it would get so weak i had to tie my toe up lol so I don't know sir.
Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar 33 minutes later
Brief Answer: Thank you for getting back. Detailed Answer: As I told you earlier, there is no need to worry as your symptoms are not suggestive of ALS. Possibly may be related to your exercises. Best wishes, Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
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alright thanks doc
Answered by Dr. Sudhir Kumar 6 hours later
Brief Answer: Thank you. Detailed Answer: Thank you and best wishes, Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
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