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Diseases That Mimic Als
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 affect 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, 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
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
None : Als and ms are completely different disorders, and have no known common genetic profiles. ...Read more
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
Can a person get the disease ALS, from laying down on a magnetic mat at a holistic doctor? Thank you.
No,: That would not be possible.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
24m worried bout ALS muscle twitching all over body nothing really feels any weaker than norm just really worried about this awful disease?
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
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?
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