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Can You Be Born With Als 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
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
Similar: Fields' disease is considered to be the rarest known disease in the world, with only two diagnosed cases in history. It is named after welsh twins catherine and kirstie fields. Fields' disease is a neuromuscular disease, causing muscular degeneration. ...Read more
Rare disorder: Thankfully, the disorder tends to occur rarely, but when it begins, can see mainly in people into their 5th and 6th decade of life. There are several subcategories, and even a small group of familial victims. This is not a "young man's disease" in any sense of the word. ...Read more
Just saw a TV show about a 29 yr old who has ALS. I am 43F. How much does average person have to worry about getting this disease? Normal to worry?
Rare disorder: Incidence of ALS is about 5 in 100, 000 people. ...Read more
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
Crohn disease ALS: The two are not relate and totally different diseases. ...Read more
Crohn and ALS: Crohn's disease is primarily an intestinal disorder while ALS is a neurologic disease. They may both have immune component but are very different illnesses. ...Read more
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
Hopefully: Trust in research, technology and the curiosity that defines us human beings. It's just a matter of time. Hopefully sooner than later. ...Read more
Hello, I'm interested what are chances of me getting als? My grandfather died of ALS after fighting disease for 8 years. No one in my family had als
ALS: Als or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurons. There is no known cause and no known cure. Fortunately, only 10% of all ALS cases have a family history. The cases are transmitted in an autosomal dominant fashion and the defect is on chromosome 21. ...Read more
Instrumental ADLs: An occupational therapist is the healthcare specialist who helps define one's needs to perform activities like computer work (considered an instrumental activity of daily living or adl vs a basic adl such as bathing). Once defined, the therapist helps acquire the equipment and trains a patient in its use. A physiatrist is the medical specialist who works most closely with these therapists. ...Read more
Is lou gherigs disease ALS possible in children such as a 3 yr old? If so, how rare? Statistics of this happening tona small child?
Virtually zero: The risk is zero.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
My father, who is 65, is dying of ALS or: lou gherigs disease. How painful will his death be? And what are the signs he's getting close to dying?
ALS: Http://www. Alsa. Org/.Get a more detailed answer ›
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