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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. ...Read more

Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Grandma had ALS will I get it?

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

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What is the common name for als?

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

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Are ald and ALS the same disease?

No.: ALD usually refers to adrenleukodystropy. Als usually refers to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How to prevent from als?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How to know if I have als, MS or none?

Depends: Each illness has its own particular appearance, with signs and symptoms fitting to diagnosis. Not knowing your issues, there is no way we can sort this out for you. Best you communicate your concerns in further detail first. ...Read more

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Why is ALS called lou gehrig's disease?

Interesting history: When lou gehrig died, no autopsy was ever done, and it was thought that he did suffer als, but retrospective analysis raises question of what we now know to be a chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Regardless, his name is associated with degeneration of motor nerve cells in brain and spinal cord. ...Read more

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Does exercise help slow ALS progression?

Couldn't hurt: I am of the belief that exercise (especially yoga) is benefical; but unfortunately there is no cure to date. There are studies and trials being constantly done; and hopefully there will be a cure. Have hope...Stephen hawkins (famous astrophysicist) was diagnosed in his 20's and is still alive to date. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have als, MS or none?

Unlikely you do: If you possessed als, you would have muscle weakness, atrophy, and flickering of muscles. Ms would experience problems with imbalance, loss of vision, incoordination, fatigue, cognitive issues, leg weakness, etc. Why are you worried? See your doctor and enquire about your health. ...Read more

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What is the progression timeline for als?

Relatively short: Studies have suggested that this incurable and devastating condition can result in death within 3-5 yrs, and, although initially, there is weakness, muscle atrophy, and muscle flickering, later, pts develop inability to swallow and breathe, which is the eventual problem that leads to death. ...Read more

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What symptom eventually causes ALS to be fatal?

Bulbar involvement: Once the unfortunate patient develops problems with swallowing and breathing, there is only supportive care available, and eventual additional complications such as infection become challenges. ...Read more

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Are we optimistic about curing or treating ALS?

Optimistic? Yes: Researchers are innately optimistic. However, the underlying cause of ALS, a devastating disease, remains elusive. Thus, targeted preventive therapies are not yet on the horizon. Hopefully most of the donated funds from the ALS ice bucket challenge will go to direct research in the field. Http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/amyotrophiclateralsclerosis/ALS. Htm ...Read more

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Is Crohn's disease similar to als? Please advise!

No: Chrons is with gastrointestinal symptoms where as ALS will cause weakness in the muscles and paralysis ...Read more

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Great grandfather had als, can it be passed down?

Great grandfather had als, can it be passed down?

Usually sporadic: Most cases are non-hereditary, though about 10% can run in families in an autosomal dominant pattern usually. If only one other person in your family has it, chances are it's not hereditary. ...Read more