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What is the difference between fibromyalgia and ALS?

What is the difference between fibromyalgia and ALS?

Nite and day: No similarities, as ALS causes muscle twitching, atrophy, and weakness, with eventual breathing and swallowing issues, and death. Fibromyalgia causes diffuse body pain, tenderness, trigger points, sleep disruption, fatigue, stiffness, and cognitive fogging, but does NOT kill anyone.

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Does ALS cause pain?

Does ALS cause pain?

Yes, not unusual: ALS can cause spasticity, spasms, muscular strains, etc due to the nature of the disease and often the pain does require aggressive analgesic intervention.

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What to do about als?

All symptomatic: The sole drug on the market, riluzole, might delay placement of tracheostomy and slow disease somewhat, but other that feeding tubes, and breathing support, and meds to assist varioius complications, there is not a successful intervention available. Some support can be achieved through the ALS society, and believe mda still assists also.

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Als what does it manifest?

Specifics: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease of the motor nerve cell in brain and spinal cord, is progressive, irreversible, and causes muscle weakness, muscle flickering, and atrophy, in arms, legs, tongue, and leads to progressive disability, loss of ability to breathe and swallow. No cure, sole drug approved is Riluzole, which helps delay tracheostomy but not effect on weakness.

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Is ALS an expensive disease?

Is ALS an expensive disease?

It can be: Because the disease causes progressive disability, adaptive equipment is used to enable the patient to be as mobile as possible. There are also communication devices which may be needed as weakness of the tongue and jaw make speech difficult. Adaptive equipment can be very expensive.

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Grandma had ALS will I get it?

Als: There is no known inheritance pattern in ALS so very unlikely.

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What is the common name for als?

ALS: Lou gehrig's disease is mostly commonly used other name.

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What do the letters ALS stand for?

See below: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Also known as lou gehrigs disease. It is a disease that causes progressive damage to nerves in the brain and spinal cord leading to weakness, breathing and swallowing problems.

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What research is being done on ALS?

What research is being done on ALS?

Multiple projects: Since we possess, but one agent, Riluzole, we do need successful interventions. Research is focusing on stem cells, drugs which can inhibit nerve cell death, vaccines, immunological injections, BUT the big issue is why the sporadic form of ALS occurs, and once that is answered, our therapies will become far more effective.

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What research is being done on ALS?

Multiple projects: Since we possess, but one agent, Riluzole, we do need successful interventions. Research is focusing on stem cells, drugs which can inhibit nerve cell death, vaccines, immunological injections, BUT the big issue is why the sporadic form of ALS occurs, and once that is answered, our therapies will become far more effective.

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What is ALS (lou gehrigs disease)?

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Paralysis of muscles: Lou gehrig's disease is also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The disease attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that run the muscles that we can normally control. The cause of the disease is not known. In about 10% it is genetic. People with lou gehrig's disease slowly become weak in the arms and legs, and can have difficulty speaking, swallowing, and breathing.

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What medications are used to treat ALS?

ALS treatment: Normally people with ALS are treated with the medicine Riluzole 50 mg twice per day. They may also be treated with assistive devices for speaking, swallowing, walking, or breathing at times.

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My grandma has als, what does that mean for me?

Likely little risk: In 90% of all cases, there is no familial incidence. So, your risk is about 5 in 100, 000, same as general population.

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Is ALS fatal?

No cure: Although some patients can survive over 10-20 yrs if they lack bulbar involvement and continue to maintain swallowing and breathing, otherwise, most patients do not last much beyond 3-5 yrs.

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Is ALS contagious?

No.: Als is also called lou gerig's disease results from an attack on the spinal cord motor cells. This can be hereditary but is not caused by a bacteria or virus one can catch.

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Is there a cure for als?

Although there is a: Although there is a lot of research attempting to find a cure or opportunity to better manage this dreaded condition, at present there is no known cure. The course of progression is variable depending on the individual and there are some new pharmaceuticals that have not been introduced to the market yet that are under investigation.

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How to prevent from als?

No known prevention: Unfortunately, there is no prevention means for ALS available at this time.

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Is there any cure for als?

Is there any cure for als?

Unfortunately, no: While there are no cures for als, there is one medication (rilutek) that has been shown to slow the course of the disease. There are also many treatments that can help to manage the symptoms and complications of als. I highly recommend enrolling in a multidisciplinary ALS clinic to make sure you are receiving optimum care.

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Does a clean emg mean no als?

ALS on EMG: The diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a difficult one. Electromyography (EMG) can help by demonstrating subclinical evidence for the disease, with fasciculation potentials, fibrillation potentials and positive sharp waves supporting the diagnosis-especially when seen in the glossus (tongue) muscles and the thoracic paraspinals. It would be unusual for the EMG in ALS to be normal.

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