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Early Symptoms Of Lou Gehrig's Disease
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 ›
Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...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?
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No, none!: Would be nice to find such approaches in this devastating condition, but does NOT exist. Even our approved medication, Riluzole does very little. ...Read more
Not directly: They is some evidence that shows damage to parts of the brain resulting from the disease causing swallowing difficulty but not necessarily from hypertrophy of the tongue. ...Read more
ALS: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or lou gehrig's disease is a degeneration of upper and lower motor neurons. The symptoms include weakness of the upper arms and legs. Often the muscles will appear to move under the skin like a bunch of worms. The diagnosis is made with an EMG, a lumbar puncture and an MRI of the brain and spinal cord. An opinion from a neurologist will provide you further information ...Read more
My grandfather died of lou gehrig disease, what are my chances of having this disease and what are some symptoms I should watch for?
NO!: This disorder is very rare and it is almost never hereditary. Loss of muscle bulk, twitting of muscles, weakness and if it affects the brain stem speech, swallowing and later respiratory problems are the usual symptoms. Mental state, sensation and bladder control are not affected. ...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
Does a low cd57 nk result of 36 mean I have lyme disease? What else could it mean? I have many neurological symptoms and am scared of als or ms.
All pain is on right side finger joints elbow shoulder neck and feet fingers and in back could these be early symptom of ALS or MS or any idea I'm 21?
NOT fully clear: We do know it is a disease which results in loss of motor nerve cells in brain and spinal cord, and there is an incidence of 10% familial involvement. Rarely, there is a mutation in gene encoding of copper/zinc superoxide dismutase, but otherwise, we are not clear as to what is causing this devastating condition. ...Read more
GORK: It is unpredictable of how fast ALS (lou gehrig disease) will end up in death. It depends on the person, its presenting symptoms, the velocity of progression, institution of treatment etc. There's only one medication approved for that by far called riluzol. In most cases, though, it progresses to significant disability in a matter of 2-3 years. ...Read more
Can happen: For example, astronomer Stephen Hawking, has lived for years with disease, but has numerous mechanical and computer devices to allow his functioning. The usual case is death within 3-5 yrs after diagnosis. ...Read more
Nerve damage: The disease attacks the motor nerve cell in brain and spinal cord leading to weakness, muscle atrophy, flickering of muscle fibers, tongue atrophy with speech and swallowing problems, and eventual breathing difficulties. We have limited clues to causation, and only one modestly valuable drug, Riluzole. ...Read more
Lou Gehrig's disease: Genetics. It is passed in teh x chromosome. Men only have 1. Women have 2, and both need the disease for them to get it. ...Read more
NO: Not contagious. Its a degenerative neurological disorder. ...Read more
Mostly infection: When the disease affects motor nerve cells at base of brain, causing bulbar problems, the pt loses the ability to swallow, and breathe, with the need for tracheostomy, and perhaps a peg feeding device. This is a real setup for infection, and pneumonia is not an uncommon end to this dismal and tragic disease. ...Read more
ALS: Lou gehrig's disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als), causes the nerve cells in certain regions of your brain and spinal cord to gradually die. Eventually, people who have lou gehrig's disease lose the ability to move their limbs and the muscles needed to move, eat, speak and breathe. ...Read more
See below: Als (lou gehrigs disease) is a degenerative condition in which the motor nerves in the spinal cord and the brain stem (called Alpha motor neurons) degenerate. This caused the muscles to fail because they are not getting adequate electrical signals from the nerves. It usually start with weakness in the hands and feet and then unfortunately progresses. It also involves muscles of speech, swallowing. ...Read more
A lot: Lou gehrig's is als, and is much faster in progression. Only about 10% of ALS cases are genetic. Kennedy's disease is genetic, and slower to progress. They can overlap initially, but the disease course is much different. ...Read more
Unfortunately: True ALS is NOT curable, and palliative measures are sole approaches to assist as the disease progresses. Riluzole may delay tracheostomy, but has little additional benefit. Many pts succumb by 2-3 yrs, and most do not last 5 yrs. But if bulbar musculature relatively spared, can last up to 15-20 years. ...Read more
If my grandmother suffered from lou gehrig's disease what's my chance of suffering from it too? Is it 25%? No more cases in family.
Statistics: Do not worry or focus on this. Only 5-10% of all cases are genetic and the incidence is no higher than 0.4-3.0 per 100, 000 in all parts of the world. The 25% figure you cite relates to those familial cases involving the gene encoding copper/zinc superoxide dismutase (sod1). Your odds are very remote. ...Read more
Neither: 90-90% of case of ALS are not inherited, it occurs at random at its cause is not known. In 5-10% of cases there is a familial form of the disease. In these 5-10% of cases it is usually dominant (meaning it is only necessary to have one copy of the defective gene) remember however most of the time it is not inherited at all. ...Read more