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    Brisk reflex and mild twitching

    I completely appreciate that you guys don't really like people coming on here when they're undiagnosed and suffer from anxiety but I've been reading a lot of posts on here, doing the worst thing that anxious people can do and I know I'm being stupid but it's got me concerned.

    I've been experiencing muscle twitching in the last 8 days, predominantly in my left leg, but also getting random twitches in other areas. I'd talked myself through my fears and established that I don't have any of the other common symptoms people experience when they are developing MND but then today I had a random thought about reflexes and the hammer test. I sat on a high surface and tapped both knees with a kitchen ladle and have worried myself even more now because the reflexes seemed much faster than I feel they should be.

    Briefly, I have been doing a lot of exercise over the last 18 months to help get through all this craziness with the pandemic. I have suffered with anxiety, specifically health anxiety, for many years but it seems to have resurfaced with a vengeance in the last week. I know that anxiety in itself can cause higher reflex responses and of course twitching so am trying to talk myself down but as it says 'brisk reflex is common in people with ALS' i am now even more concerned.

    I just wanted to know whether everyone who has been diagnosed had twitching and brisk reflexes and apologise again for bothering anyone with my anxiety.


    Probably better to direct your concerns to health professions RichBen87
    Initial diagnosis 7-4-2021 'suspected MND' confirmed by 2nd opinion 4th June 2021 ALS. Began with R foot limp and lots of falls. NIV overnight. Generally weak. Mostly terrified.​​​​​​


      Hi RichBen87 , welcome to the forum. Hope you will find some benefit of being here.

      We've moved this thread into the 'Ask MND Connect' section, as our MNDConnect team who look after this section of the forum, should be able to help with your concerns.

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        Hi RichBen87

        I have replied to your private message that you have sent to us.

        Best Wishes

        MND Connect Adviser
        MND Connect
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          Sorry about your anxiety Rich and I hope that you have been in touch with your GP. I see that MND Connect has been in touch with you which is very good, Take care, Lynne x
          ALS diagnosed November 2017, limb onset. For the 4 yrs previously I was losing my balance.

          I'm staying positive and taking each day as it comes.


          • It would be a mistake to think that we all groan when people come on here thinking that they have MND Ben. I have no formal medical training but I am super-intelligent.

            There are things that you can do to find out if you have MND. Get a whole genome gene test. Be aware that your spinal column falls apart with MND. Remnants fall into the CSF and can now be tested for. You may have to go private.

            My guess is that don't have MND.

            Above all, have fun and spend some of your money!