Just like all the times before, when I thought I had a heart problem or cancer or parkinsons, this time I feel this one is for real. Within the last three months I heard of three people who have ALS, so I found out a bit about it, but not too much detail. Just the fact that you lose your ability to function.
So I go about my life and then one day I decided to do stairs at my work (I work in a tall 15 story building). When I got to the fourth flight of stairs, my left leg started feeling really heavy and I could not go on any more. So I thought it was because I have not done any major exercise in a while. I've started doing stairs now, but do it quite slowly so the leg does not tire out so much.
Then one day randomly, I felt like my left arm feels very heavy and tired. I didn't think much of it, just thought it's because I haven't worked out for a while. Then a couple of weeks later, I started getting muscle spasms all over my body. That's when I google searched and bam....there is ALS. Since then, I've been obsessed that I have this!!!! I have started lifting dumbells and sure enough my left arm gives out after a rep of 20 vs. I can't feel any pain in my right arm. Left arm burns like crazy. I'm doing strength tests, walking on tippy toes and heels, I can do both. I'm trying to get up from the sofa on one leg, can do it, but definitely the left leg feels heavier. Oh by the way a few weeks ago, I was walking and my daughter and husband saw me from a far and just made a comment about whether I was limping? I said no, but they said oh it seemed like it from a far, but maybe it was because you were walking fast. So that sticks out as an alarm to me as well. Am I limping without realizing because perhaps my left leg is getting weaker? I hope I haven't bored you with my long story, but I am extremely worried at this time and feel like am not able to function. I hope to get some reassurance here from others who have gone through the same fears