LukeS22

A*S/MS Worries

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Hi! My name Luke, for the past 2 weeks or so I’ve been really freaked out about degenerative diseases specifically ALS and MS, I have this really weird sensation in my arms and legs (all of them) that I can’t really describe almost a shaky feeling even though I’m not physically having tremors, I always look at things I’m being asked to do and think I’m going to be too weak but when I try to do it I find I’m perfectly capable of it, I have no weakness that i’ve noticed (and I’ve been looking) I can still do everything I can normally do just feel like I can’t. I’ve moved out of my house and gone to live with my brother temporarily because my room was causing me to have panic attacks but I just can’t shake the feeling something is wrong, even when I don’t feel physically anxious I still have these feeling in my limbs, it’s especially bad in the morning for some reason too... I also have sore feet and buttocks which has been freaking me out too, i’m really struggling and in dire need of help somehow. I helped my brother build a table from scratch including using a hammer, a saw and a drill and had no trouble actually doing it even though I felt like I wasn’t capable, my balance is fine as I’m able to recover from any leaning over and stand on either of my feet individually and stay there for a while, i sometimes feel my coordination is off but I think it’s actually because of how focused I am on looking for problems, like when i put a screwdriver to a nail and miss it at first i’ll notice because of my anxiety and think it’s something more sinister, i’m constantly googling things and scaring myself even more, I should also point out that I’m 17 years old, just left school after 6 years, lost my grandmother in October, my family and I got covid, my mum broke her arm and to top it all off we lost my dog of 15 years just last month, if anyone has advice to give or an opinion on my situation it would be greatly appreciated 🙂

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@LukeS22 I relate to these concerns as well. I am 21 years old and mostly healthy, but I feel weakness and heaviness in my left arm (non-dominant arm) and feel it is a sign of ALS or MS as well. I am not a medical expert at all, but from what I understand ALS and MS typically result in an inability to do something. For example, whenever my arm feels weak or heavy I hold them out straight in front of my face. Then I put them above my head. Someone with ALS or MS would be unlikely to be able to complete this task as the muscles in your hand seem to disappear or fail to work anymore. That is my findings on the subject, but just know that I am in a similar boat and scared of these things just like you are.

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