Have I got MND?
If you are worried that you have motor neurone disease, select from the following options for answers to common questions. In a very small number of cases where there is a family history, MND can be inherited. Find out more on our inherited MND page.
If you do receive a diagnosis, see our Newly diagnosed? pages for what to think about next.
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Muscle twitching (known as fasciculation) can happen with MND, but for other reasons too, such as tiredness, stress, viral infection or general ill health. Sometimes one area of the body twitches, or several areas can twitch at once. Sometimes there is no apparent reason and many people live with twitches for much of their life. Twitching is usually only associated with a neurological condition like MND if other symptoms are also present.
Tingling and numbness are associated with some neurological conditions, but not MND. If this symptom is a constant problem, see your GP who may refer you to a neurologist if needed.
Your tiredness may be caused by something else. MND can make people feel very tired and lethargic, but this usually happens along with other symptoms. See your GP, who can refer you for tests to rule out other causes if needed.
Weakness and wasting can be due to MND, but there are several conditions which cause this type of symptom. It would be wise to see your GP, who may refer you to a neurologist if there seems to be a wider problem. You will then be tested to rule out other causes.
My hands feel weak and stiff. I find it difficult to grip objects and sometimes drop things, could this be a symptom of MND?
Weakness in the hand may indicate a neurological problem, but it can also be caused by increasing age and joint problems, or occasionally a trapped nerve. If you have no other problems, see your GP. You may be referred to a neurologist, if tests are needed.
Speech and communication can be affected by MND, but other conditions can cause these effects too. See your GP who can refer you for tests, if needed.
Swallowing is becoming difficult and I often cough when eating and drinking. Could this be a symptom of MND?
Your swallow can be affected by MND, but this may be caused by other conditions. See your GP who can refer you for tests, if needed.
MND can affect breathing, but this is rare as a first symptom. Many other conditions can also cause breathlessness, so see your GP who can refer you for tests, if needed.
Other people have told me I'm behaving differently and I find it harder to concentrate and take in information. Could this be a symptom of MND?
Some people do experience changes to thinking, emotions and behaviour with MND. These effects are usually mild, but can be more severe for a small number of people . However, these changes happen for other reasons too, such as stress or tiredness. See your GP who can help work out the possible cause and refer you to a neurologist, if needed. A simple screening test can help diagnose if there is a problem.