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Weakness

Postby GrymReeper on July 31st, 2003, 8:16 am

Arron -

Wonderful site. I do take issue with:

Your symtpom list excluding any real weakness.

You're definition of perceived weakness, fatigue.

I'm a long time BFS'er, if there is such a thing. In reality we all may have various forms of a neurological "glitch". I think it's innacurate to throw all of us into one group. On the other hand, without DX, what else is there? I have experienced real weakness, not progressive and not consistent for over 5 years. Now, you say roughly - "difficulty raising your arm one day but not the next" - how is that perceived? If it's perceived, you'd THINK you were having trouble raising your arm. Additionally, I have seen a description of this syndrome which includes weakness.

IMHO - You risk scaring the hell out of anyone who has any real weakness. They may feel that they don't belong here.

To anyone who may experience some weakness: I have it, as I said. I have 3 clean emg's in my hisory. I've never failed any test or neuro exam. DO NOT think that mild to moderate, transient, non-progressive weakness means you do not have a "benign" condition.
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Postby Pole on July 31st, 2003, 8:30 am

What do you mean when you talk about your real weakness. If you passed all neuro exams you do NOT have clinical weakness which is the only proof of real weakness.
What are symptoms of your weakness? If you have weakness in legs you should frequently fall. Do you? If you have weakness in hands you should drop things. Do you?

If you just feel weak but you still have ability to do all daily tasks it's not real weakness. Weakness is when you want to do something but you are not able to do it. No way to do it and doesn't matter how hard you will try. No strenght - game over.
That's my opinion.

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Postby KERRI on July 31st, 2003, 8:34 am

Why does everyone like to attack Aarron, the guy does not have to come in here and deal with our sorry asses but he does. He has been such and inspiration for me. He is a terrific person with a big heart, do not get your panties in a bunch because he descirbed weakness in a way that did not suit you. Everyone's situation is different with BFS, the fact of the matter is you probably experience a certain level of fatigue but not weakness. I am no Einstein that is only my opinion, it is your body what Aarron says should not make a difference if you think and know you are okay then you most likely are. Do not cast stones at people who are trying to help. I do not think anyone here has gotton scared over any of Aarons posts, he is so easy going and reassuring when BFS is the subject.

GIVE THE MAN A FRIGGEN BREAK.


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Postby GrymReeper on July 31st, 2003, 8:38 am

You are wrong. You are citing examples of extreme weakness - falling, etc. Yes, some days, things are heavier. Yes, some days the door is harder to push open. Yes, I've hads the "dropsies". No, never during an exam. MILD weakness which comes and goes can be a part of this syndrome, that's what I'm saying. No strength - game over? Maybe YOU ought to have MY screen name.
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Postby GrymReeper on July 31st, 2003, 8:40 am

Kerri, why do you suggest I'm "attacking" Arron. Isn't it healthy to air things. Did you miss my opening of "wonderful site"? Get a grip.
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Postby Pole on July 31st, 2003, 8:47 am

Grym,

You said that your weakness had never apeared during neuro exam. What does it mean for you? For me it's a proof that you do not have weakness, because neurologists have their ways to check your real strenght. And if there is real weakness they would find it.

I am not an American so I don't know what does your screen name mean.

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Postby GrymReeper on July 31st, 2003, 8:55 am

Pole, I explained what my "weakness means for me".
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Postby tlotoxl on July 31st, 2003, 8:58 am

Pole -- where are there are diseases like MG which involve transient weakness, and I don't see any reason to believe that there might not be some 'benign' condition which can also cause sporadic weakness like that. I've never heard of ALS weakness being sporadic and non-progressive.

I think the Reeper makes a good point, though I also think it would be best for anyone who suffered from falling spells or attacks of weakness to see a neuro right off (for things like MG) rather than wait around and assume it's benign.
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Postby Pole on July 31st, 2003, 8:59 am

Ok, for you it is weakness, but if for neuros it is not weakness that means that is not weakness in medical meaning. And if so, weakness in clinical meaning is not a part of BFS.

And what about your screen name?

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Postby GrymReeper on July 31st, 2003, 9:05 am

tl, good points, all. Yes, I have had about every test known to neurology. Certainly anyone experiencing weakness should see a doctor. Perhaps my post was poorly written as it appears to be misunderstood. My point is: don't give up and think the worst if you experience some weakness.

Pole - you found this site, surely you can find out about the grim reaper on the internet.
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Postby Pole on July 31st, 2003, 9:06 am

tlotoxl,
you are right, there are diseases like MG when patients have sporadic (come and go) weakness, but I don't think BFS is such a condition.
I dont tell that it is impossible for weakness to be sporadic at all. I wanted to say that it is impossible for ALS weakness and that in BFS we dont feel real clinical weakness.
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Postby Dale on July 31st, 2003, 9:16 am

Good morning Grymn - welcome to the site.

Since you are new here, let me fill you in on something. There are a number of us on this site that are VERY supportive of Arron, myself included. We had an episode a month or so back where "DaveYY" made some comments toward Arron that a few of us took exception to. So, some of us may still be smarting from that, although it's still no reason to jump on you...

That being said, I would agree with your statement, "MILD weakness which comes and goes can be a part of this syndrome, that's what I'm saying." I too have periods that for whatever reason I find it a little harder to climb the stairs, cut the grass, etc. Arron does mention in his "BFS in a Nutshell" that fatigue is also a symptom. I'm wondering if we are talking about the same thing (fatigue/weakness)?

Anyways, welcome to the site & thanks for sharing.

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Postby Pole on July 31st, 2003, 9:21 am

I think there is a very thin line between fatigue and mild weakness and that's the reason of missunderstanding.
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Postby GrymReeper on July 31st, 2003, 9:25 am

Dale, thank you for your understanding reply. In no way was I attacking Arron. He's obviously a caring, motivated person.

Regarding fatigue vs. weakness, I have both. It is hard to describe the difference. Excersice intolerance is what I would describe as muscle fatigue. Arms getting too tired too fast when doing tasks which don't normall tire muscles, etc.

My weakness presents in a mild form and yes, comes and goes. In fact, I have fewer bouts now than ever.
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Postby uber on July 31st, 2003, 10:53 am

I dont know how you are all getting so confused here, I think when Aaron was reffering to Weakness he was suggesting Atrophy, which with ALS is wasting of the muscles causing permenant progressive weakness.

I agree that "percieved" weakness is the wrong word to use when describing BFS, the word percieved would suggest "its all in your head", the kind of weakness ppl get with BFS is more associated with Muscle Fatigue, which as most of you know is muscles getting tired easily, which as a matter of fact can be a early symptom of ALS, but muscle faitgue can be a symptom of many things, none more so than Anxiety, so dont all jump to conclusions *cough*KERRI*cough* ;)

So I can see where Grym is coming from, it was worthwhile pointing out that "percieved weakness" is the wrong word to describe muscle fatigue, which is common in BFS. However....Percieved weakness IS a very real symptom and problem of BFS, but most likely linked to the mental exhaustion due to the Anxiety, BFS or any Neurological illness can cause. Percieved Weakness is common in everyday non-ill people too...have none of you ever sat down after a long days work and just felt like you cant physically get back up, coz you are so exhausted and your muscles just dont feel like they would carry you?? Well thats what percieved weakness is.

hope this helped clear things up
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