What Does ALS Weakness Feel Like?

How does ALS weakness feel?

Gradual onset, generally painless, progressive muscle weakness is the most common initial symptom in ALS.

Other early symptoms vary but can include tripping, dropping things, abnormal fatigue of the arms and/or legs, slurred speech, muscle cramps and twitches, and/or uncontrollable periods of laughing or crying.

What does ALS hand weakness feel like?

Early symptoms of ALS are usually characterized by muscle weakness, tightness (spasticity), cramping, or twitching (fasciculations). The muscular issues may cause people to experience fatigue, poor balance, slurred words, loss of grip strength, or to trip or fall when walking.

What do ALS cramps feel like?

Muscle cramps, which are characterized by a sudden, painful, involuntary contraction of muscles, are not rare in ALS patients. In this paper the authors present a case of ALS with initial manifestation of progressive painful muscle cramps in the absence of muscle weakness.

Does ALS cause numbness?

ALS doesn’t cause numbness, tingling, or loss of feeling. Respiratory problems and problems with swallowing and getting enough food are the most common serious complication of ALS. As the muscles in the throat and chest weaken, swallowing, coughing, and breathing problems tend to get worse.