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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.

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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.

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What is fields’ disease? Is it the same as als?

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.

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Someone told me ALS is "a young mans disease". Is this true? How common is ALS before 30?

Someone told me ALS is "a young mans disease". Is this true? How common is ALS before 30?

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.

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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.

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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

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I was wondering is Crohn's disease similar to als?

I was wondering is Crohn's disease similar to als?

Crohn disease ALS: The two are not relate and totally different diseases.

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Can you tell me is Crohn's disease similar to als?

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.

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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.

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How long is the life expectancy for als, llou gehrig's disease?

3 to 5 years: Als, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is better known as lou gehrig's disease. It is a disease of motor neurons that causes progressive muscle weakness and is uniformly fatal. The median time from the first symptom of weakness to the patient's passing is about 4 years.

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Do you think there will ever be a cure for ALS (lou gehrigs) disease?

Hopefully: Trust in research, technology and the curiosity that defines us human beings. It's just a matter of time. Hopefully sooner than later.

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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.

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Where can I find a computer set up for somebody suffering from ALS / lou gehrig's disease?

Where can I find a computer set up for somebody suffering from ALS / lou gehrig's disease?

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.

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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.

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Looking for a dr in illinois specializing in als, muscular, neurological disorders or diseases.

Medical school: Many excellent medical schools in Chicago, and within your state. Contact closest school, ask for Dept of Neurology, and you will find a sub-specialist who can address your concerns.

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