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Heavy Chest

Postby Scboy on May 30th, 2014, 1:19 pm

I get a pretty intense heavy feeling in my chest after running even a short distance. No pain just a heavy feeling right under my sternum. Very uncomfortable. Can the diaphragm be affected by BFS? I am worried this is a symptom of a weak diaphragm. I had a EMG at Emory on May 15 and it was clean. They did left arm leg and back. Is it possible that the EMG would miss respiratory or thoratic onset ALS? Neuro seemed pretty dismissive of ALS, but these symptoms are scary. Just wonder if anyone else has had this symptom.
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Re: Heavy Chest

Postby Scboy on June 2nd, 2014, 9:08 pm

I take it from the lack of response this is not typical of BFS. I am taking Remeron for sleep. Possible side effect? I'm really struggling here. I used to run with ease. Now if I run 1 mile the next day my ribs feel very bruised and very tight like a tight band around me. I asked the neuro at Emory point blank if this seemed like ALS and he said there is no clinical evidence and by now you would think there would be, but we will continue to monitor. Not exactly reassuring. I can ignore the twitching, which is more prominent in my arms now, but the rib pain I can not ignore. This is a freaking nightmare.
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Re: Heavy Chest

Postby Red Raider on June 2nd, 2014, 11:09 pm

I've been getting the same pain all I know is pain is not a symptom of ALS. I too had a. EMG of left leg both arms and para spinals and under my chin and it was negative back in February. I just wen in for a check up last week and the ALS specialist I saw said everything was the same as it was back in February so. But I've had this tightness for awhile and he said that respitory als is very fast very fast you will know. So give it some time I'm sure your fine I get more twitching than pain which to me is scarier because twitching in ribs means more than pain in my ribs to have have als respitory so I think your fine you might have pulled a muscle along your diaphragm hit me back.
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Re: Heavy Chest

Postby Scboy on June 3rd, 2014, 12:48 pm

Thanks for sharing RR. Glad I'm not the only one. Glad your visit to the neuro went well.
Oddly enough my breathing problem at night went away. Maybe due to the Remeron, but at least for now I've overcome the breathing problems. This all started a couple days after I did some pullups back in early April. Don't know if its an injury from that or not. If it is it sure doesn't feel like any injury I've ever had before. It could be a combination of injury, anxiety, Remeron side effects, and exercise intolerance. I guess breathing muscles are subject to exercise intolerance just like any other muscle. I also twitch a fair amount in the abs. Interesting enough none of the three neuros I've seen, which includes Duke and Emory, really paid much attention to the twitching.
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Re: Heavy Chest

Postby leaflea on June 3rd, 2014, 8:58 pm

All I can say is I get many more pains and feel sore much easier since bfs started. Can't speak for everyone - but it seems to be part of the picture of fibromyalgia, etc...which I have never been diagnosed with but would not be surprised with all my stupid aches and pains.
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Re: Heavy Chest

Postby Red Raider on June 3rd, 2014, 11:24 pm

I'm glad your breathing is getting better and my ALS specialist likes to look for twitches but just like Duke and Emory he is not to concerned but he is constantly looking at me for weakness and abnormal reflexes but they have been good both visit so I thank God every night for. Glad your doing better your not alone.

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Re: Heavy Chest

Postby Scboy on June 5th, 2014, 9:22 pm

I noticed on my right triceps a bruise feeling. When I felt it there was a knot. I have not overly used my arm and don't think I injured it. Anybody else get these knots? What the heck is going on with my body!
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Re: Heavy Chest

Postby Red Raider on June 5th, 2014, 11:29 pm

Go get you a massage lol! I get knots really bad on the tops of my shoulders up by my neck they hurt when you press on them. They *beep* near bring me into tears I swear. I'm glad I'm not the only one here who suffers from *beep* like this haha. Man I think this is finally a true sign of us getting older I used to here my parents say it all the time growing how bad their bodies ache and how they are getting older lol I guess I'm there who knows. But for real man I see a acupuncturist great muscle relief never believed in them until I said one day I was driving by one I said I'm gonna go and try it. So I walked in and told the little lady that it didn't work she took me back in a room and showed me changed me forever lol. I literally could feel the muscle twitch a little and just go limp when she stuck me with that needle. Crazy!
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Re: Heavy Chest

Postby Scboy on June 6th, 2014, 12:53 pm

I tell you its like I hit a brick wall. Twitching all over the place, muscle knots, exercise intolerance, neuropathic pain, little throat spasms... they all come and go, with the key word being go. Neuro said I have something going on, but its quite possible we may never really find an exact cause.
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