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Als And Fibromyalgia Are They Related
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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. ...Read more
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