Patient :SO i was in Pakistan from september till december and a week before coming back i started to get burning sensation in my feet, which than turned into cold/chills and tingling feeling. I got back on december 13th and was fine but about a week ago i started having more symptoms
same burning/chills and tingling in feet
pain in my leg and sometimes both legs, around joints and calf but sometimes in thighs too
I had pain in arms and tingling feeling in my hands,
My hands were also shaking
I had pain and stiffness in my shoulders
I had stiffness in my face, sometimes on the face, other times around mouth and neck and even forehead
Sometimes i feel a numbness/tingling on my lip
Than some of these things went away and now i have the following:
I have weakness in my legs, especially the joints and i sometimes feel pain
my feet are tingling/numb
my neck feels stiff
my face and lips feel stiff and lips are feel numb
Here is my medical History:
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in July(but i could have had it much longer, i drank a lot of sodas and ate chips and cookies,candies for past 10 years. I don't remember drinking a lot of water).
I did a A1C and it was 6.4 in august
I did one few days ago it was 6.2
I really took care of myself after i was told about my diabetes but than when i went back to pakistan i wasn't really that careful. I got married so you know how its hard to be careful around food when its your wedding
When i started having these issues about a week ago i checked my Sugar fasting and it came back 141
I ate and took 500MG of metformin and 4 hours later checked again it was 188
next day fasting 137 than after eating 4 hours later 173
But now its under control again. I asked a doctor and he did the physical and said i don't have ALS or Parkins
MY thyroid came back low
Vitamin D was 11.3(normal range being between 30-80)
I had high white blood cells
my sugar was 146(but i had just ate)
VItamin B was normal but i read i should have been fasting 6-8 hours before doing the test
Since these are ALS forums i was wondering if some or any of these symptoms could be ALS?(i really hope and pray that its not)
Any help/replies will be greatly appreciated. I think my tightness and stiffness in face,neck and lips could be me being stressed out over nothing
I feel like i am having trouble swallowing food, but i read that that's a sign of later stage of ALS.
MY Physician did all the physical exams and said all my muscles are reacting normal
MY biggest concern is the weakness in join calf. But than sometimes i also feel pain which shouldn't be for ALS if internet is right
Maybe i just over reacting, i was told ALS doesn't progress in a week.
I just got married so i am really scared, so please help
is it a positive thing i have other issues like Vitamin D and thyroid issues which could cause some of these symptoms
Thank you in advance
Symptoms: Pain in joints,feeling weakness, face feeling stiff
Thanks for contacting askthedoctor.com for an opinion.
After having analyzed the history , it appears that it is not ALS. ALS often begins with muscle twitching and weakness in an arm or leg, or sometimes with slurring of speech. Eventually, ALS can affect your ability to control the muscles needed to move, speak, eat and breathe. ALS can't be cured and eventually leads to death.The disease frequently begins in your hands, feet or limbs, and then spreads to other parts of your body. As the disease advances, your muscles become progressively weaker. This weakness eventually affects chewing, swallowing, speaking and breathing.ALS is inherited in 5 to 10 percent of cases. The other cases appear to occur randomly.
So, in your case, the stiffness and weakness in lower limbs started with tingling sensation which can be attributed to diabetes and which can lead to peripheral neuropathy if sugar values are uncontrolled. Secondly, another differential diagnosis could be Viral myositis which can affect you after having contracted the virus in PAKISTAN, thereby causing muscle twitching and stiffness in various muscle groups.This is self limiting in most cases.
Thirdly , the cause can be VITAMIN D deficiency and dyselectrolytemia per se which can often cause muscle cramps and twitchings along with occasional hypocalcemia or calcium deficiency
Under no circumstances , it is ALS as thats a genetic disease and manifests very early to middle age in life and progression is rapid and involves all muscle groups without any symptom free periods.
So you may visit your physician and discuss the options in detail and take an informed decision.
I hope i have answered your query in detail,
wishing you good health,
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