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Does ALS cause pain?

Does ALS cause pain?

Yes, not unusual: ALS can cause spasticity, spasms, muscular strains, etc due to the nature of the disease and often the pain does require aggressive analgesic intervention. ...Read more

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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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What to do about als?

All symptomatic: The sole drug on the market, riluzole, might delay placement of tracheostomy and slow disease somewhat, but other that feeding tubes, and breathing support, and meds to assist varioius complications, there is not a successful intervention available. Some support can be achieved through the ALS society, and believe mda still assists also. ...Read more

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Als what does it manifest?

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

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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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Grandma had ALS will I get it?

Grandma had ALS will I get it?

Als: There is no known inheritance pattern in ALS so very unlikely. ...Read more

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What is the common name for als?

ALS: Lou gehrig's disease is mostly commonly used other name. ...Read more

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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 do the letters ALS stand for?

See below: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Also known as lou gehrigs disease. It is a disease that causes progressive damage to nerves in the brain and spinal cord leading to weakness, breathing and swallowing problems. ...Read more

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What research is being done on ALS?

What research is being done on ALS?

Multiple projects: Since we possess, but one agent, Riluzole, we do need successful interventions. Research is focusing on stem cells, drugs which can inhibit nerve cell death, vaccines, immunological injections, BUT the big issue is why the sporadic form of ALS occurs, and once that is answered, our therapies will become far more effective. ...Read more

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What research is being done on ALS?

Multiple projects: Since we possess, but one agent, Riluzole, we do need successful interventions. Research is focusing on stem cells, drugs which can inhibit nerve cell death, vaccines, immunological injections, BUT the big issue is why the sporadic form of ALS occurs, and once that is answered, our therapies will become far more effective. ...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 medications are used to treat ALS?

ALS treatment: Normally people with ALS are treated with the medicine Riluzole 50 mg twice per day. They may also be treated with assistive devices for speaking, swallowing, walking, or breathing at times. ...Read more

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My grandma has als, what does that mean for me?

Likely little risk: In 90% of all cases, there is no familial incidence. So, your risk is about 5 in 100, 000, same as general population. ...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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What is the progression timeline for als?

Relatively short: Studies have suggested that this incurable and devastating condition can result in death within 3-5 yrs, and, although initially, there is weakness, muscle atrophy, and muscle flickering, later, pts develop inability to swallow and breathe, which is the eventual problem that leads to death. ...Read more

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What symptom eventually causes ALS to be fatal?

Bulbar involvement: Once the unfortunate patient develops problems with swallowing and breathing, there is only supportive care available, and eventual additional complications such as infection become challenges. ...Read more

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Are we optimistic about curing or treating ALS?

Optimistic? Yes: Researchers are innately optimistic. However, the underlying cause of ALS, a devastating disease, remains elusive. Thus, targeted preventive therapies are not yet on the horizon. Hopefully most of the donated funds from the ALS ice bucket challenge will go to direct research in the field. Http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/amyotrophiclateralsclerosis/ALS. Htm ...Read more

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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 ...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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Does ALS affect the mind?

Very rarely: On occasion, a patient with ALS may exhibit symptoms similar to Fronto-temporal dementia. If behavior changes with problems with language, impulse control, organizational skill loss, this aspect should be investigated. ...Read more

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Can a spinal tap exclude als?

No: Spinal tap is usually normal and non diagnostic in ALS, but could exclude other diseases which might mimic ALS. ...Read more

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Is back pain a symptom of als?

Is back pain a symptom of als?

INDIRECT: Als causes weakness and muscle atrophy, so not unique to get destabilization of axial skeleton as a secondary effect, which could bring about back pain. But the disorder does not start with any specific pain patterns. ...Read more

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Does glutamic acid good for als?

Not at all: Quite the reverse, as many recommended meds are designed to inhibit glutamate responses. Regardless, the sole approved drug, Riluzole merely delays intubation, and is otherwise disappointing. Do not look for alternative therapies, they do not exist here in this very discouraging disorder. ...Read more

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Is there a surgical cure for als?

Not at all: There is no cure known for ALS, and the sole surgery used would involve tracheostomy or a feeding tube both for supportive and palliative purposes. ...Read more

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Any hope for finding a cure for als?

Any hope for finding a cure for als?

Always hope: Als is a genetically-determined disease. With the advent of genetic testing and gene therapy, there is reason to believe arrest of the disease is possible. In the distant future mechanisms to repair damaged nerves may also be possible. ...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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How effective is riluzole at treating ALS?

Riluzole for ALS: Riluzole only slows the progression of ALS but does not cure it. There is no cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and there is only one approved medicine to treat the disease is Riluzole. Unfortunately, it has no lasting effect. ...Read more

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What is the cause of death for ALS patients?

Pneumonia: Most ALS patients who die naturally do so of pneumonia, because they are too weak to cough or breathe deeply which a healthy person does naturally to prevent lung infections. ...Read more

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I need help! How do I know if I have MS or als?

Very different: Why do you think you have either? Have you consulted a neurologist? Have you had diagnostic testing? Need to start perhaps with your primary care doc, and get referral if needed to neurology. ...Read more

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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more