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Doctor insights on: Als Stages Progression

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Does exercise help slow ALS progression?

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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What is the progression timeline for als?

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 is the progression of ALS or lou gehrigs disease?

What is the progression of ALS or lou gehrigs disease?

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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Would you recommend coconut oil for someone with als? I've read up on it, and some people have reversed the progression of the disease using it.

Would you recommend coconut oil for someone with als? I've read up on it, and some people have reversed the progression of the disease using it.

ALS and coconut oil: Their have been anecdotal reports of use of Coconut oil in ALS patients, their is no study done to prove whether it works or if it's a placebo effect. This is relatively harmless treatment and hence can be tried in someone with ALS. The medical community needs to look into it and study it further regarding if their is any benefit of using Coconut oil in ALS. ...Read more

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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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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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