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  • Kenny236
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    Thankyou for the birthday wishes. We had a lovely day, my wife has the same birthday. Lots of flowers and offers of support from everyone.

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  • matthew55
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    Hello Kenny, once the shock wears off it's really just a case of taking each day for what you can do and let everything else take care of itself. Stay Strong Matthew 😁x

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  • Bowler
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    Kenny236
    Hi Kenny just noticed it’s your birthday today, hope you are having the best time 🎂

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  • Lynne K
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    Hi Kenny. Sorry that you had to join us on this horrid journey. Good luck with getting a neurology appointment quickly and all of the services that will help you. I see that you’ve already had replies about twitching so I won’t add to that. But ask whatever else you want to. Take care, Lynne

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  • Barry52
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    Hello Kenny and a warm welcome from me. Keep in touch and you will find support and advice from fellow members.

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  • slp
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    Hi Kenneth

    welcome to the forum and sorry to meet here. Lots of information and experienced people here so don't be afraid to ask even if it seems silly
    stay safe
    Sarah xx

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  • Shaun
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    Hello Kenny and welcome to club,
    regarding twitching, it’s random , every time I think I know what’s going to trigger it, some other action starts it, I have found repositioning sometimes eases it,
    does it mean the muscle going, don’t know, but I like Ellie’s answer makes sense to me.

    on a positive note , you get to play more golf, my physio recommends it for exercise and keeping the muscles working, so when my wife complains , just following doctors orders...

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  • Kenny236
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    Thankyou for your warm welcome.
    The information on twitching will prove especially useful in my struggle with the disease.
    All the best
    Kenneth

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  • Ellie
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    Welcome to the Forum, Kenny.

    To answer your question: it’s resistance, or weight, challenging a muscle over a period of time which makes it bulk up unfortunately, not crazy misfiring nerves 😯 Wish it were true, I'd be able to enter Miss Universe 🏋️‍♀️


    Following on from what Gary said about twitches: everyday, we ask our muscles to voluntarily move to, for example, pick up a cup. That action involves millions and millions of electrical impulses being fired from the very tip of a nerve, releasing a chemical which travels across the gap between the nerve tip and the muscle, and binds to a receptor on the muscle causing it to fire and make the movement to pick up the cup. (obviously multiple muscles are involved in this ‘simple’ task)

    If any of this happens involuntarily, i.e. you have not initiated a muscle movement, that makes a twitch, or to give it a posher sounding name, a fasciculation.

    There isn't any correlation between intensity and frequency of twitching and rate of symptom progression but yes, twitches in ALS are ominous. I would add that ALS is a hungry disease and you may find you need more calories to keep up with your body's energy requirements - ask your Dietitian or in your Clinic.

    Take care.

    Love Ellie.

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  • Suefromwakey
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    Gary I think you are right, my husbands legs twitched like buxxery a couple of years back...........now they don't twitch at all.....trouble is he now cant walk so guess the muscle gave up the ghost,

    He now has arm and chest twitching..........so whats round the corner I wonder

    Sue

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  • matthew55
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    Absolutely spot on, I had facilitations in my thighs months ago and today they have shrunk to less than half their previous size, plus in my neck and now constant neck pain. Happy Days 😁x

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  • GaryM
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    Hi Kenny, welcome to the club. Twitching - the way that the consultant explained it to me was as follows. The neuron (nerve) controlling the muscle gets destroyed by the disease, so the muscle has nothing controlling it. This causes it to randomly contract. This is what the twitching (fasciculation) is. The way I interpret the twitching is that the muscle that is twitching is going to be deteriorating soon. This might be complete bunkum, more knowledgeable people on here might put me right. Also, the more worried I am, the worse the twitching is.

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  • denise
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    Hi Kenny
    you are right to join us. You will never be alone. We'll do our best to pick you up, brush you down and hopefully make you feel better.
    Denise xxx

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  • matthew55
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    Hey Kenny, nice to meet you just sorry it was here we met. You have a million questions but here you get a million answers. Stay Strong Matthew 😁x

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  • Bowler
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    Hiya Kenny

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