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Doctor insights on: Diseases That Mimic Als

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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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Are ald and ALS the same disease?

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 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 is fieldsÂ’ 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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is Crohn's disease similar to als? Please advise!

No: Chrons is with gastrointestinal symptoms whereas ALS will cause weakness in the muscles and paralysis ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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 affect on weakness. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is ALS a disease of the muscles or nerves?

Is ALS a disease of the muscles or nerves?

Nerve: Specifically, affects the motor nerve cell in brain and spinal cord. ...Read more

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What neurological disorders are commonly mistaken for als?

Variety: Most commonly, spinal cord disorders, especially stenosis, might seem like a motor neuron problem. Tumors at base of brain could cause confusion. Hyperthyroidism may seem like ALS. Polio and West Nile can both affect motor nerve cell, and HIV may masquerade. ...Read more

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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. ...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, there 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 there is any benefit of using Coconut oil in ALS. ...Read more

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I have a rare mitochondrial/peroxisomal disorder that has no name yet. Mri shows als, but I'm a 34 yr female. I have severe rage is this normal?

I have a rare mitochondrial/peroxisomal disorder that has no name yet. Mri shows als, but I'm a 34 yr female. I have severe rage is this normal?

See your doctor: If you have a rare mitochondrial / peroxisomal disorder, you will get the best answer from the specialist that you are working with. It is common to have issues with anxiety, depression, stress, rage, or even anger when dealing with chronic conditions. You should see your family practice physician. ...Read more

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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 the closest school, ask for Dept of Neurology, and you will find a sub-specialist who can address your concerns. ...Read more

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What is the name of that spinal cord disease als?

A few terms: Spinal muscular atrophy refers to a childhood disorder of motor nerve cells. Primary lateral sclerosis is a focal form of ALS which can involve spinal cord. Primary muscular atrophy is another term indicative of a varying location, within cord, sparing upper nerve cells. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the genetic links with MS and motor neurone disease (als)?

None : Als and ms are completely different disorders, and have no known common genetic profiles. ...Read more

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I am seeing a MS specialist to rule in or out MS (not diagnosed). My uncle just died of ALS. Can ALS Wax and Wane early in the disease?

I am seeing a MS specialist to rule in or out MS (not diagnosed).  My uncle just died of ALS.  Can ALS Wax and Wane early in the disease?

Not known to do such: The description of ALS is one of a progressive unremitting motor neuron disease affecting upper and lower elements of the nervous system. This means that it's course is progressive getting worse with time. However, early on depending on how some people interpret things they certainly could feel better one day and worse the next. Hard call. Talk more? www.healthtap.com/drsaghafi ...Read more

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My sister is a patient of als, she is taking rilutek (riluzole) tablet.is there any other treatment of this disease?

My sister is a patient of als, she is taking rilutek (riluzole) tablet.is there any other treatment of this disease?

Unfortunately no: Due to concern regarding glutamate toxicity, other meds have been added on occasion, such as gabapentin, memantine, Lyrica, (pregabalin) but little proof these provide additional value to the riluzole, which remains the main FDA approved chemical. Just a theoretical long-shot, and not researched at all, but the medical food MetanX and vitamin D-3 supplements might be considered. ...Read more

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24m worried bout ALS muscle twitching all over body nothing really feels any weaker than norm just really worried about this awful disease?

24m worried bout ALS muscle twitching all over body nothing really feels any weaker than norm just really worried about this awful disease?

ALS: I would have it evaluated then. Put your mind at ease. See a neurologist or physiatrist and get a good evaluation and possibly an electrodiagnostic study. Twitching in muscle is common and usually benign. ...Read more

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Can you tell me could I have a deadly neurological disease like ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) what causes this?

Need information: There is NO way I can make any diagnosis based on vague description you provide. If you have some symptoms, please describe, and we can provide a much more direct answer. ...Read more

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I'm so scared I was just dxd with small fiber axonopathy i also have dysautonomia and pots. Is this a terminal disease like msa or als?

I'm so scared I was just dxd with small fiber axonopathy i also have dysautonomia and pots. Is this a terminal disease like msa or als?

No, not a disease: Small fibre neuropathy is a problem associated with a multitude of disorders, such as diabetes, and is just part of some disorder. It is not at all like msa or als. Talk to your doctor about how this fits with your other problems and how to manage the entire picture. ...Read more