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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Motor Neuron Disease

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What is motor neuron disease?

What is motor neuron disease?

Motor neuron disease: Motor neuron disease is a group of poorly understood degenerative conditions of the nervous system. The one known most commonly is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as lou gehrig's disease. The disease causes the nerves supplying muscles in the spinal cord to die off gradually causing progressive weakness in the limbs and the face including swallowing muscles.There is no cure at this time. ...Read more

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Dr. Marvin Ott
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Motor Neuron Disease (Definition)

The motor neuron diseases (mnd) are a group of neurological disorders that selectively affect motor neurons, the cells that control voluntary muscle activity including speaking, walking, breathing, swallowing and general movement of the body. They are generally progressive in nature, and cause ...Read more


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What are the most common symptoms of motor neuron disease?

What are the most common symptoms of motor neuron disease?

Weakness: Motor neuron diseases affect the nerves that send the impulse to muscles to initiate movement. Examples of motor neuron diseases include lou gerig's disease(als) and spinal muscular atrophy. Symptoms may include limb weakness, difficulty swallowing, and difficulty breathing. Some types may also affect eye movement and facial expression. ...Read more

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How come I have motor neuron disease, but nobody else in the family has it?

Most are nonfamilial: While there are some cases of motor neuron disease that run in families, the majority of cases occur spontaneously without any clear genetic cause. Hopefully, with time and continued research, we will be able to find the nongenetic reasons that cause some people to develop the disease while others do not. ...Read more

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Where can I find support when I have motor neuron disease?

Where can I find support when I have motor neuron disease?

ALS MDA: Look for a local chapter of the ALS foundation or muscular dystrophy association. Your neurologist may be able to provide more info for services in your area. ...Read more

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How does motor neuron disease progress?

Depends: There are many different types of motor neuron diseases, each of which has its own unique progression (which is how we tell which one you might have oftentimes). You'll need to be more specific in order to get a good answer. If you think you have a motor neuron disease, you need to get to the doctor right away. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my motor neuron disease go away?

It is difficult: Motor neuron disease usually doesn't go away. There are some medications that may slow down the progression but it never goes away. ...Read more

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How do I treat motor neuron disease?

How do I treat motor neuron disease?

Depends on typw: There is more than one types of motor neuron disease. There is of now no cure or reliable treatment for lou gehrigs diseases. There are some promising results with stem cells, which i think will ultimately be the answer to treating this disease. Multofocal motoneuropathy is treated with immune therapy. This can resemble lou gehrigs disease and is treatable. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for motor neuron disease?

What do you recommend for motor neuron disease?

Motor neuron disease: Motor neuron diseae such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als) can be managed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of a neurologist, a physical medicine & rehab specialist, a physical/occupational therapist, a nutritionist, a speech therapist, a nutritionist, a respiratory therapist, a psychologist and a support group. Riluzole may slightlly extend the lifespan. ...Read more

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What work best to treat motor neuron disease?

What work best to treat motor neuron disease?

Rilutek and support: The only medication that has been fda approved for motor neuron disease is rilutek- it is expensive, but does show a clearly prolonged lifespan. One critical aspect to care of patients with motor neuron disease is enrollment in a multidisciplinary clinic, where the many needs (dietary, pulmonary, speech, mobility, etc.) of these patients can be addressed in a comprehensive manner. ...Read more

Neuron (Definition)

A neuron is a specialized cell that conducts impulses within the nervous system. It is made up of a cell body and processes including ...Read more