I am also a medical student. I suffered extensive muscle twitches from head to toe which I instantly focused on and thought that I had the worst possible diagnosis ever, ALS. I was so convinced, I had numerous appointments with my GP, MRI and CT scans were negative. The diagnosis was Benign Fasiculation Syndrome (apparently more common in medical students), which I experience daily but I know it's totally benign. There is a huge element of anxiety and stress that partakes in these symptoms because once you've got ALS in your mind, it instantly causes anxiety and of course anxiety symptoms. There are a multitude of other diagnoses this could be. But please take my advice, do not focus and worry until you've heard from the horses mouth. I would feel more reassured if the twitching does not progress along with any other symptoms, such as weakness, atrophy. Additionally, twitching/ fasciculation especially widespread twitching is usually not normally the first symptom of ALS; focal muscle atrophy and weakness is normally the presenting feature. I was told by a MND specialist that the twitches is something ALS patients do not firstly recognise until later on in the course of the disease. I hope you feel reassured by this?
I have the same problem but with muscle weakness in legs. With tingling sensation on arms and hands did blood work ct scan and mri and nothing. Tomorrow they doing a spinal tap to see any infections but with luck I have most likely it will come out negative but if it is that would be great. I'm also and anxious person and the more I dweal on it the worser it gets l also work at nights and sleep durning days I was wondering what if we deficient in vitamin D. Mostly likely I'm going to ask to check if I am because this is driving me nuts!!!
Years ago,months after giving birth to my 2nd child, at the ripe age of 40, I began having widespread twitching all over my body. It began while I was at work, at my microscope, and took me by surprise. It would worsen at night. Twitching on my stomach, legs, arms, hands etc. Immediately, I googled and became convinced it was als or ms. Of course, my mind focused on als. It got worse and worse and was compounded by perceived weakness in my limbs, and pains that I'd never had before. On New Year's Eve, I came home from work depressed, thinking the worst, and spent the whole night laying in bed sobbing, wondering what lay ahead, as my children and husband were downstairs trying to enjoy their night.
Bottom line: I had EMG testing. I had ct scans. I had tons of bloodwork. Every test a person could have, I had. Nothing was wrong. Nothing at all. Eventually, everything went away. It was benign fasciculations. This was over 6 years ago and all is great now
Try to relax and know that most likely, all you are experiencing is benign! Stress, hormones, caffeine all can do a number of things to our bodies. It can be frightening, but most often, even our scariest symptoms will go away on their own :)
Btw, a few yrs ago, I was dx with OCD and GAD, too. I have since worked through them and they were taken off my chart.
I'm 23 And have had body wide twitching almost 3 years, I remember getting a sharp pain in the side of my head the all of a sudden my knew started twitching and from there it became body wide. Saw a neurologist did strength and reflex text said it wasn't Ald. Didn't do an emg. A couple years later still have twitching everywhere. Is what to think I'm type 1 diabetic and 110 pound female age 23