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Smoker , shortness breath , some swallowing issues
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Smoker , shortness breath , some swallowing issues

Im getting alot of nuro testing as have atrophy with alot of twitching. Main worry is the shortness of breath and sometimes breathing in it does 3 short breaths. I can never seem to get full breath. I also have had Gerd so sometime swallowing issue also. I'm assuming tho after 20 years of heavy smoking I've created my own nightmare. Just don't want it to be ALS which I have all other symptoms for. I'm actually hoping breathing is from the smoking. Thoughts?
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

Your breathlessness could be due to COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which a chronic disease and causes symptoms of cough, breathlessness and wheezing. The commonest cause for COPD is smoking. The lungs age with smoking as in comparison to the person’s age. If you stop smoking at this point, the lungs are not damaged any further, though the damage that has already been done cannot be reversed. Lung function tests and X rays could help diagnose this condition. So, giving up smoking would be first step towards controlling COPD. Please consult your primary care physician for further evaluation.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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Thank you very much , I had feeling more copd than ALS symptom. Unfortunatly I have sever muscle twitching and ateophy . I posted that in als section. I'm seeing my Dr today. I will ask her for sure. Thanks again so much
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Thank you very much , I had feeling more copd than ALS symptom. Unfortunatly I have sever muscle twitching and ateophy . I posted that in als section. I'm seeing my Dr today. I will ask her for sure. Thanks again so much
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

A diagnosis of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is based mainly on clinical suspicion. Certain electromyography EMG findings can support the diagnosis of ALS. Another common test measures nerve conduction velocity (NCV). An MRI helps to rule out other conditions for the symptoms.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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My symptoms getting worse quicktly. All. Full body  EEG and bloodwork all
normal, but twitching everywhere and losing muscle tone quickly I find myself having to relax my muscles . My abdomen turned to mush and no fat around ribs and clavicle now sticking out. Twitching in neck. Swallowing liqueds worse than food. I have had Gerd tho and am smoker. Neurologist feels very comfortable not MS or ALS as no weakness. I am pretty strong and pass nuro test. Have some spasisity in feet and lots blinking right now , tired eyes. the only thing I've had show up is hydromyelia in thoracic region that they seem completely fine with. It will take weeks to get into university , there is a neuromuscular dr 45 min away but she did not seem to thrilled about that group. only reason sending me away is to calm my mind. I'm no idiot I know some about the bodd from massage school twice. I've had chronic pain for years.
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