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  1. 2 points
    The type of twitching you are worried about is a very specific kind caused by the disconnect between the lower motor neurons (neurons in the spine) and the muscle. By the time this type of twitching happens, the connection is already seriously damaged/non-existent and the EMG can not miss it. That specific type of damage is frequently picked up on during emg exams before there are noticeable issues. You simply can not get it "too soon". If the emg does not detect an issue, the twitching is caused by something else that is NOT what you fear. A reminder that the vast majority of people in the world twitch. The trouble for the people worried about it here is that they notice it more, focus on it more and assign a sinister reason for an entirely normal thing that happens to everyone. Anxiety amplifies twitching, which is just such a bummer of a response to a thing already causing anxiety!
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    Hey, if it helps any, I'm on antidepressants too, have been for a while now, and on and off for about 6 years. They've literally saved my life at times, there's no shame in a helping hand to get better. You don't get a medal for getting through this without them, so my thinking is I may aswell take all the help I can get. You'll get to the other side ❤️
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    I have had actual health issues in the past and I have found that if I distract myself with work, something I enjoy, etc., things improve. If your physician thought there was any chance of any problem, more tests would be done, so you are good to go. You could also seek support from friends, family, religious affiliation, mental health professional, etc.
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    That is accurate though. They call it a woods lamp in literature, took it's own rabbit hole to figure out that's just a black light. 😅
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    Hi. DP. You have raised an interesting point about getting you to click onto a site. The more sensational it is the more likely you are to click on. That's one of the problems with Googling. At the end of most articles on illness they will try to sell you something or suggest a consultation. In the UK the only really reliable website is the NHS one where no adverts are allowed. Sadly, there are many who cash in on the suffering of others. Google makes its millions by adverts!! It's why it's so important to check if a practitioner is a registered one. (UK). I am talking about alternative and complimentary practitioners. Up to a few years ago it was OK to call yourself a counsellor without any real training, and a lot of harm was done. The old journalist's expression comes to mind. 'Good news is not news'. So true! In the UK daily thousands of operations are carried out with good results, but is it ever mentioned? No, of course not. But should one go wrong it's headlines. We as humans, well most of us, tend to pick up on the negative rather than the positive aspects of life. Why? Because with the negative fear creeps in. Positive aspects don't create fear. It come back to the reason it's bad to Google. It's mostly negative, and for all the reasons stated above. You were calmed by your consultant because it was positive news. So much mental damage can be done by dwelling on the negative.
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    I'll also add: Considering your age from your profile pic - the younger you are, the more infinitesimally smaller your chances are of getting it. The highest rate of these cases are among the *elderly*, and on top of that it's a tiny tiny TINY percentage of the population. I know you probably read an article on the 'net about a 20-something that got it but you have to put things into perspective - the reason that article was put up on the 'net is because it gets you to click. Hearing about an older person getting it in their 60s or 70s is not as exciting as a story about someone who had it in their 20s. It's similar to how COVID deaths among young people make articles to scare you, but they ignore the number of elderly that die from it. These Internet articles focus on the rare things because those generate headlines and clicks, and that's why the Internet is really bad for us hypochondriacs because our brain has rewired itself to process the catastrophic stuff first instead of the logically mundane stuff. Good luck with your therapist, and keep this stuff in mind. It's basically looking at it from a birds-eye view.
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    Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️ I needed these. Finally feel like I'm coming out of a bad few anxious days, sorry for word vomiting it all out here, haha, this forum has just been a great support for me during my struggles over the past year. Had a good cry to my mum, deffo lifts a bit of weight from your shoulders doesn't it? Just need to keep pushing on and keep all of this in mind. Thank you again everyone ❤️
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    Something I learned from visiting my neurologist about this, and this also is backed up by that sticky on nomorepanic.co.uk ALS is a disease of *doing* , not *feeling*. What happens with ALS is that one day you'll be ok, and another day things won't work. The way he told me is that it is kinda like when you issue a command to your computer and your computer doesn't do anything. It doesn't respond. Period. It's like the signal that goes from your brain to the place you're worried about is just gone. What he said is if you have days where you feel slightly weaker, like if you were lifting weights and could do 300 lbs but the next day could only do 275, that's not ALS. It is usually very simple stuff like stiff muscles from over or underuse, or you strained it or you need to work on another part of your arms, for example. It's a disease of *doing*, not *feeling*. Keep that in mind. If you FEEL weak that's different from being CLINICALLY weak.
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    I got it removed today! Doc said it's probably something like an angioma or a pyogenic granuloma - gave me options of watch and wait or removal. I of course "I'd love to get rid of it" Showed him the recent flare of my foot and he suggested antifungals as I might have an infection over the top of my psoriasis. I neglected to mention I've pointed a black light at it and it glows red (points to bacterial, not fungal) but that's kinda whatever I guess. I'll try the antifungals... for the thousandth time of course, but tempted to just bathe tf out of the area with something like hydrogen peroxide or I guess ozonated olive oil has had a good tract record thus far with skin infections. EITHER WAY, now I wait on the biopsy which will probably show blood and blood vessels. I feel a bit embarrassed to go in about something like that but I'm glad he was willing to take the damn thing off. I feel like I was getting kinda dysphoric about it. Had considered a wide variety of ways to get rid of it. Provided it's just blood vessels, he said they usually don't come back. That is a load off! I don't want to have to think about the damn thing ever again. Dude was straight up with me which I appreciated, universe knows I already knew there's a corresponding cancer but I'm pretty sure after a year if I had something like a sarcoma that would have become a much bigger problem. So... that's my excitement for the day!