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ALS, otherwise called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a type of degenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscles. The symptoms include difficulty walking, falling, leg weakness, muscle cramps or twitching, and behavioral changes.

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I have muscle twitching in my shoulders and legs, muscle weakness, shortness of breath, and fatigue after covid. Are these symptoms of ASL?

Query: Hi doctor,I think I have ALS. For the last three weeks, I have had constant muscle twitching in my shoulders and legs, considerable muscle weakness, unable to go to the gym, shortness of breath, and harder to speak, along with fatigue. This happened right after I got covid, and I wonder if I am over...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello. Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and would explain that your symptoms could be related to benign fasciculation syndrome. I recommend checking thyroid hormone levels, complete blood count, blood electrolytes, vitamin D plasma levels, and vitamin B12 plasma levels for possi...  Read Full »

Why do I suffer from recurrent muscle twitching in the calves?

Query: Hello doctor,I take Levothyroxine once daily at 150 mcg. I am not regular with this; I have only taken it six times this month. I take Telmisartan or Amlodipine 40 mg or 5 mg daily for blood pressure (take this every day).  Read Full »


Dr. Florilyn Joyce Chulsi Bentrez

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The muscle twitching happens randomly in any part of the body? Do you see live flash? Is it progressive? Do you have weight loss or back pain? First, I suggest you undergo a blood test for potassium, calcium, sodium, creatine kinase (CK-MM), erythrocyte sedimentation ra...  Read Full »

What are ALS and FTD, and how do they affect daily life?

Query: Hello doctor, I am really worried about my uncle. He is 61 and still working hard, but recently he has been having some serious issues. The doctor diagnosed him with something called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia. He has been forgetful for a while now, but these new probl...  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I am sorry to hear about your uncle's health concerns. I can provide you with some general information about the conditions mentioned and the available treatments. Please consult a healthcare professional for personalized advice. ...  Read Full »

Can vitamin deficiency cause muscle twitching?

Query: Hi doctor, Before a week, I began having twitches and tingling in both legs from the knee down. For some time now, probably 6 months or more, I also began feeling that my legs were heavy and just general weakness all over, not really muscle weakness. I am also a gastric bypass patient and have a his...  Read Full »


Dr. J. Mariano Anto Bruno Mascarenhas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause subacute combined degeneration of the cord. So, the treatment is daily Vitamin B12 or Vitamin B complex supplementation for 12 weeks. Your vitamin D levels are also low. The treatment is Vitamin D capsules 60000 IU every Sunday for 12 wee...  Read Full »

I suspect of having ALS. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I fear having ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) due to my current symptoms. For the past three weeks, I have had on-and-off weakness in my arms and legs. It first started in hands, then went to arms, then legs. I am exhausted and have been anxious regarding this, and consulted three...  Read Full »


Dr. Seyedaidin Sajedi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query, and I can understand your concern. I completely understand your concern. Anything suggestive of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is potentially frightening. However, the good news is that your symptoms, as you described, are not suggestive...  Read Full »

Why do I have constant muscle twitching in feet and legs?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having tiny random muscle twitching all over my body which seems like a constant thing at bottom of my feet, in both legs, both forearms, and even my stomach for almost two months now. I am scared of ALS diagnosis. I do not have any muscle weaknesses or balancing problems....  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read carefully your question and would explain that your symptoms do not seem to be related to ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). You should know that there are a lot of benign causes underlying muscle twitching like anxiety, physical activity, thyroid gland d...  Read Full »

Are the cramps I am experiencing are due to ALS or MND?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old male and in need of some reassurance over my serious health anxiety re motor neurone disease (MND) Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). I am not normally anxious or depressed, married with a young daughter and a wife who is pregnant. It started with an entire all day...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Abaz Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your symptoms are not typical of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). You should know that at your age ALS is a very exceptional diagnosis. But there are also a lot of other conditions that may mimic this clinical situation. For this reason, I would recommend performi...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing muscle twitches all over my body. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 48-year-old male in generally good health. For the past year, I have been experiencing muscle twitches all over my body, not all at once. My right thigh may twitch for several days then stop. Then my left shoulder, or ankle, or bottom of my foot. I searched plenty about it and c...  Read Full »


Dr. Prakashkumar P Bhatt

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am gone through your history. You are having unexplained twisting movements of muscles and weakness on the left upper limb. Your history does not mention any sensory symptoms or urinary bladder symptoms. Hence, I am assuming it normal. You are suffering for a year, ...  Read Full »

Can anxiety could cause foot drop and twitches in the body?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 26 year old female, and I developed foot drop five weeks ago, the foot was numb, and I could not dorsiflex it. But, now I can dorsiflex, and the steppage gait has disappeared unless I walk long distances. I have more power in the foot now, but it is still a lot weaker than the othe...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is good that your foot drop is improving in a five weeks period. The twitches that you are feeling may be due to anxiety also. If it was ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), the foot drop would be unlikely to improve. As it is improving, it is unlikely to be ALS. D...  Read Full »

I have had muscle spasms and twitching constantly. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have had full body twitches for one month now along with muscle spasms that sometimes wake me up at night or during nap. The twitches are non-stop. I am concerned about ALS. I have muscle tightness in my left thigh as well. Recently I had two large spasms in that same thigh, which were e...  Read Full »


Dr. Seyedaidin Sajedi

Answer: Hi, We welcome you to the icliniq.com family. I appreciate the confidence you place in me for your healthcare consultation. I understand how you must feel with those twitches, cramps, and the constant fear of ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). It sounds hard and I am so sorry you are experienci...  Read Full »

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