Question: Can An ALS Diagnosis Be Wrong?

How long can you have ALS before diagnosis?

Total diagnostic time, defined as the time from symptom onset to confirmed diagnosis, has been reported to range from eight to 15 months in ALS (1–8)..

What was your first ALS symptom?

Typical early symptoms include tripping and falling; painless weakness in the legs, feet (also called foot drop), or ankles; hand weakness; slurred speech or trouble swallowing; muscle twitching or cramps in the arms, shoulders, or tongue; and difficulty holding the head up or maintaining good posture.

What does the beginning of ALS feel like?

Early symptoms of ALS are usually characterized by muscle weakness, tightness (spasticity), cramping, or twitching (fasciculations). This stage is also associated with muscle loss or atrophy.

Is ALS often misdiagnosed?

About 13% of patients with this condition are routinely misdiagnosed with a motor neuron disease.

What can be mistaken for ALS?

A number of disorders may mimic ALS; examples include:Myasthenia gravis.Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome.Lyme disease.Poliomyelitis and post-poliomyelitis.Heavy metal intoxication.Kennedy syndrome.Adult-onset Tay-Sachs disease.Hereditary spastic paraplegia.More items…

Can a diagnosis of MND be wrong?

Misdiagnosis is more common when the symptoms affect only the LMN, with a diagnostic error rate for MND approaching 20%.