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What are the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

What are the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

See below: The main symptoms of ALS are weakness. The weakness often starts with one hand and then may progress to the other. The legs will often become weak as well. The muscles begin to get thinner. This is called atrophy. There may also be exaggerated reflexes and stiffness in the muscles called spasticity. The muscles that help us speak and swallow and breath can also be weakened. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Bowers
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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig Disease) (Definition)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disorder of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that play a role in controlling voluntary muscle movement. While few cases may be due to a genetic defect, the cause is usually unknown. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, and voice changes. ...Read more


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I'm having hard time swallowing, can this be a sign of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Unlikely: While dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) can be a herald of als, this is a very, very rare disease, and dysphagia is a common symptom. Depending on your age, what you have trouble swallowing, and other medical issues you have, there are a host of potential causes for dysphagia. See your physician and discuss it with him/her, include what is hard to swallow, when, when it started. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Disease of nervecell: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or als, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. Als does not affect the senses (sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch). It only rarely affects bladder or bowel function, or a person's ability to think or reason.The condition slowly gets worse and cause difficulty with breathing muscles. ...Read more

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What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als)? 

Motor neuron disease: A disorder of misfolded proteins, attacking nerve cell bodies in spinal cord and brain. Tends to involve weakness not numbness, and can affect legs and arms with flickering of muscles, loss of muscle mass, and evenually problems with breathing and swallowing. Unfortunately, there is no cure, and it preserves awareness. Gratefully, it is relatively rare. ...Read more

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Could kids get amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Could kids get amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Similar : But most childhood illnesses which affect the motor neuron, like als, are quite rare, and more hereditary in origin. A variety of such disorders cause weakness in very young children, and adolescents and seem similar in outcome. Also, polio used to affect many children but is almost unknown in usa today. ...Read more

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What exactly is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

What exactly is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Lou Gehrig's disease: Als is a disease affecting the nerve cell body, causes weakness, muscle wasting, and fasciculations or fluttering of the muscles. It can affect mobility, swallowing, and breathing. There is no known cure to date, and the prognosis is often very poor. We believe it is a disorder of "misfolded proteins", similar in some ways to alzheimer's and parkinson's, but a far rarer condition, fortunately. ...Read more

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Who first discovered amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Charcot: The French Neurologist Charcot is credited with the paper describing ALS as a distinct illness ...Read more

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What are the tests for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Diagnosis: Since we hope to find alternative problems instead of als, we search for possible other diagnoses. The testing includes blood studies, especially for hyperthyroidism, MRI tests of the neck and spinal cord, EMG studies, and even muscle biopsies on occasion. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Lou Gehrig's: Als also known as lou gehrig's disease is a disease of nerves. It is a progressive loss of muscle strength. Initial symptoms are usually muscle weakness or cramps followed by muscle paralysis in later stages. Difficulty breathing and swallowing are common due to the muscle weakness. There is no cure but there are medications to help with symptom management. ...Read more

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How is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis transmitted in humans?

It is not transmitte: It is not typically a heriditary or infectious disease. No one knows the exact cause. ...Read more

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Sclerosis (Definition)

We neurologists employ the term to describe localized damage involving the central nervous system, and sclerosis means scarring. If in many areas, might be multiple sclerosis. If affecting the motor nerve cell, ...Read more