If you are really worried about your more or less frequent muscular twitching and wondering, what if it turned out to be a horrific muscular degenerative ailment, such as ALS; should understand that muscular twitching is rather a common problem, affecting many millions of people across the globe and can as well be associated with stress or anxiety. Contrary to which, ALS is a neurodegenerative condition, which can be diagnosed with one of the many symptoms, like muscular twitching and is comparatively a rare issue. However, is should as well be noted that a person, who is often experiencing muscular twitching without any solid reasons can be vulnerable to the deadly degenerative conditions like ALS.
Muscles are important functional tissues of human anatomy and are often neglected over other vital organs of the body, such as heart, brain, etc. As a matter of fact, majority of muscular twitching cases have found to be evident due to muscular weakness anxiety; wherein often a muscle or a group of muscles feel unusually weak, rubbery and odd. Some people as well notice this issue, when they feel unusual weakness, numbness in their muscles, along with shaky and/or tired tissues. Many of them might as well have complaints about extreme weakness in their hands, feet, legs, arms, back and facial muscles; up to an extent that they suspect some serious medical concerns like MS, ALS, etc.
Although, both ALS as well as muscular anxiety sound to be similar, which is related to the muscular weakness; there is a big difference between the two! It should be noted down that ALS twitches are general resultant of dying muscles, due to a major disconnection of passage of information, between muscles and the brain; moreover, it would be body’s secondary response taking place only after the death of the muscles. Thus, ALS twitches will often be associated with immobility of that particular muscles, which can be noticed before the onset of twitching. Studies have further suggested that ALS twitches may often start through hand and leg, while may usually migrate in the forward direction; progressively, continuously as well as relentlessly. Contrary to which, muscular anxiety twitches can be random, affecting any muscles or group of muscles of the body and can migrate in a random motion throughout the entire body. Thus, if it’s an ALS, you won’t experience a twitch in your finger for an instance and then a twitch in the back for the next second!
If you are still concerned, whether it is an ALS or a muscular weakness; you can offer help from an expert, who will definitely ask you to undergo EMG, which will always be positive, if it is an ALS. Apparently, twitches without weakness and with negative EMG are not ALS for sure.
Thus, bottom-line of the discussion is as simple as, muscular weakness is due to the stress or anxiety and often can be related with deadly neurodegenerative conditions, such as ALS; but if your twitches are common, without any extreme weakness, are only appearing for few moments and are randomly migrating without any positive indication through EMG, then you do not have ALS!