The process to find out what’s wrong with a person can be quick.
Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.
Or, it can take months to years of tests which often are expensive and inconclusive. Over the course of a few months I had X-Rays, a CT scan, a growing number of MRI’s, and dozens of blood tests.
The results were all the same.
ALS is considered a diagnosis of exclusion. When everything else is ruled out, that’s what you get. ALS.
A cardiologist thought the labored breathing might be a heart issue but could not find evidence to support the theory. My heart was strong. Indeed, my morning and afternoon runs often got heart rate to my maximum. 150-bpm. Recovery time would drop 40 to 50-bpm. Excellent.
Still, labored breathing and an arch to my back after 10 minutes of exercise persisted.
What’s going on?