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Doctor insights on: Early Symptoms Of Lou Gehrig's Disease

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Are there any alternative treatments to alleviate the symptoms of lou gehrig's disease?

Are there any alternative treatments to alleviate the symptoms of lou gehrig's disease?

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

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Is swollen tongue a symptom of lou gehrig's disease?

Is swollen tongue a symptom of lou gehrig's disease?

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

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What are lou gehrig disease symptoms?

What are lou gehrig disease symptoms?

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

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My grandfather died of lou gehrig disease, what are my chances of having this disease and what are some symptoms I should watch for?

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

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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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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?

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?

Joint pains: Pains in multiple joints are not characteristics of ALS or MS. Arthritis? type is a possible cause. If symptoms persist, a rheumatologist is best qualified to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more

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Will I die from lou gehrig's disease?

Will I die from lou gehrig's disease?

See your doctor: I really feel that this is a question that is best addressed face to face with an experienced physician you trust. I wish you all the best! ...Read more

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What goes wrong in lou gehrig's disease?

What goes wrong in lou gehrig's disease?

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

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Does lou gehrig's disease affect men only?

Does lou gehrig's disease affect men only?

No: The disease affects men more often, but women make up 40% of the cases. ...Read more

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How often does lou gehrig's disease occur?

How often does lou gehrig's disease occur?

Good question: The incidence of ALS is 1.5 to 2.7 per 100, 000 per year. There are about 7, 000 new cases of ALS diagnosed in the USA each year. ...Read more

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How fast does lou gehrig's disease progress?

How fast does lou gehrig's disease progress?

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

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How can find out if have Lou Gehrig's disease?

How can find out if have Lou Gehrig's disease?

See a doctor: If you have symptoms of progressive weakness without sensory signs or symptoms, you should be evaluated with NCV/EMG. Otherwise, the chances of having this uncommon disorder is small. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever lived with lou gehrig's disease?

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

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What medicines are use for lou gehrig's disease?

Treatment: It's mostly supportive, but a drug called Riluzole is approved for ALS and it's thought to work by decreasing glutamate mediated motor neuron cell death. ...Read more

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Can a person with lou gehrig's disease reproduce?

Can a person with lou gehrig's disease reproduce?

Yes: Lou gehrig's affects motor neurons, and therefore, involves strength and ability to breath and swallow, but does not cause sterility, and thus, sperm and eggs are not afflicted. ...Read more

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What happens in the body with lou gehrig's disease?

What happens in the body with lou gehrig's disease?

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

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Why are men more likely to get lou gehrig's disease?

Why are men more likely to get lou gehrig's disease?

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

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What causes the death of someone with lou gehrig's disease?

What causes the death of someone with lou gehrig's disease?

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

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Woud you please discuss the characteristics of lou gehrig's disease?

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

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What happens to the nerve cells of someone with lou gehrig's disease?

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

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What's the difference between lou gehrig's disease and kennedy disease?

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

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How long do people live after being diagnosed with lou gehrig's disease?

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

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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.

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

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Can you prevent lou gehrig's disease?

No: Als is relatively rare, with 90% sporadic and 10% genetic (25% of which have mutations involving copper/zinc superoxide dismutase). There is no specific or successful treatment to date, and no known approach to prevent the disease even if one is a member of a family at risk. ...Read more

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Is lou gehrig's disease dominant or recessive?

Is lou gehrig's disease dominant or recessive?

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