Have had fasciculations and tremors unilaterally for 8 weeks or so. MR showed 3 herniated cspine disks and a few small non-enhancing lesions. Recently developed intermittent tongue fasciculations as well. Had attributed symptoms to the neck damage until the neuro saw me and scheduled evoked potentials and a spinal tap 3 weeks from now. The wait is driving me crazy. He says he doubts ALS, and although he examined my tongue we did not talk directly about the tongue fasciculations. He is an MS expert.
My internet research has me terrified I may have als. I seem to have no muscle deficit, and I do not have speech or eating problems. How significant an indicator are tongue fasciculations when there is no apparent wasting? How do I put my mind at ease? I have 2 young kids...
eek I have them, but then so apparantly do lots of people who don't have ALS, I think a lot of people find there way to this forum because they have googled fasciculations. I am assured that fasciculations are very rarely the first sign of ALS since weakness and other difficulties will become noticable way before fasciculations.
To begin with my Dr and an emergency Dr I had gone to had me worried because they said could not rule out ALS but once I had seen the neuro and then had the tests it was another matter, there were no other signs or indications of ALS or other systemic neuromuscular disease.
Most likely you will come out clear too, I hope you will.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.