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How do I treat motor neuron disease?

How do I treat motor neuron disease?

Depends on typw: There is more than one types of motor neuron disease. There is of now no cure or reliable treatment for lou gehrigs diseases. There are some promising results with stem cells, which i think will ultimately be the answer to treating this disease. Multofocal motoneuropathy is treated with immune therapy. This can resemble lou gehrigs disease and is treatable. ...Read more

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Motor Neuron Disease (Definition)

The motor neuron diseases (mnd) are a group of neurological disorders that selectively affect motor neurons, the cells that control voluntary muscle activity including speaking, walking, breathing, swallowing and general movement of the body. They are generally progressive in nature, and cause ...Read more


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What work best to treat motor neuron disease?

What work best to treat motor neuron disease?

Rilutek (riluzole) and support: The only medication that has been fda approved for motor neuron disease is rilutek- it is expensive, but does show a clearly prolonged lifespan. One critical aspect to care of patients with motor neuron disease is enrollment in a multidisciplinary clinic, where the many needs (dietary, pulmonary, speech, mobility, etc.) of these patients can be addressed in a comprehensive manner. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose Parkinson's disease?

How do you diagnose Parkinson's disease?

Good History & Exam!: Physical symptoms can include tremor of limbs at rest>in posture or in action; slow movements & stiff (rigid) muscles causing quiet facial emotions, softer voice, bent forward head & neck posture, decreased arm swing, slow-shuffled walk, small/scratchy penmanship, etc. Non-physical symptoms can include cognitive decline, depression, anxiety, sleepiness, constipation, ed, low bp, acting-out dreams. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my motor neuron disease go away?

How fast can I make my motor neuron disease go away?

It is difficult: Motor neuron disease usually doesn't go away. There are some medications that may slow down the progression but it never goes away. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a similar disease to motor neurone and spinocerebellar ataxia?

Anyone know what is a similar disease to motor neurone and spinocerebellar ataxia?

Usually not similar: Motor neuron disease and spinocerebellar ataxia (sca) are very different diseases. The former affects motor neurons that control voluntary muscle activity, while the latter are a group (nearly 60 different ones currently) of disease that are progressive, degenerative, and affect coordination. Sca-36 does have ataxia in combination with motor neuron disease, but this is the exception not the rule. ...Read more

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I was wondering what does Parkinson's disease do to the body?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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I was wondering what does Parkinson's disease do to the body?

Parkinson: Rigidity such as stiff neck, tremors, and slow movements are part of parkinson. ...Read more

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What is motor neuron disease? How does it affect you?

What is motor neuron disease? How does it affect you?

Bad disease: Called Lou Gehrig's disease, it causes motor nerve cells to die resulting in muscle weakness and atrophy, with eventual problems both breathing and swallowing. There is NO cure, and medications are of little value. Most cases are sporadic, but a few familial. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose the disease neuromyotonia(isaac's syndrome)?

How do you diagnose the disease neuromyotonia(isaac's syndrome)?

See below: It is usually diagnosed by physical examination as well as a test called an EMG which involves placing a special needle in the muscles. The muscle produce a certain type of EMG signal which is characteristic of neuromyotonia. ...Read more

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How can I treat motor tics?

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How can I treat motor tics?

Depends: Drug treatment should not be used unless tics disturb one's life. It should be noted that tics are not a sign of progressive neurologic or mental illness. ...Read more

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What things can I do to treat neurodegenerative disease at home?

What things can I do to treat neurodegenerative disease at home?

Learn/support: Since this group of disorders is variable, learn as much as you can from the treatment team. Become aware of and begin to access adaptive equipment that helps the patient function in a house built for average people. Prepare to deal with the paperwork and multiple specialties needed for care. Search out support groups that may help you deal with the day to day problems of life. ...Read more

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Do doctors have any suggestions on how to prevent Parkinson's disease?

No.: Cause and cure for parkinson's disease unknown. Parkinsonism (diseases resembling parkinson's) may be triggered by chemicals (e.g. Mptp) or repeat head trauma (example boxer muhammad ali). Anti-oxidants (turmeric, peppers etc) are rumored to be beneficial but no proof there. ...Read more

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Neurologists diagnose and treat nervous system/brain disorders, but what do they specifically do for treatment?

Neurologists diagnose and treat nervous system/brain disorders, but what do they specifically do for treatment?

Various: I prescribe medications for seizures, ms, parkinson dz, headache, stroke...And many other conditions which don't need surgery. I inject Botox for dystonia, spasticity, and headache. I do nerve blocks for headache and some limb nerve pain problems. I do soft tissue injections for bursitis and inflamed si joints. But most importantly, i try to find out what's wrong. It all starts there. ...Read more

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How do I figure out what is worse schizophrenia or Parkinson's disease?

How do I figure out what is worse schizophrenia or Parkinson's disease?

Both are bad: These conditions are both very debilitating diseases neither of which has a known cure. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the basics on motor neurone disease (nervous system)? What is involved?

Can you tell me the basics on motor neurone disease (nervous system)? What is involved?

Bad disease!!: Attacks motor neuron in brain and spinal cord, with resultant muscle weakness and atrophy. If brainstem attacked, will affect tongue, swallowing and ultimately breathing. There is NO cure, but a drug Riluzole can delay need for tracheostomy. Most pts succumb within 3-5 yrs. ...Read more

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How do you manage scoliosis when someone have neuromuscular disease?

Team effort: This is a complicated issue that grows in complexity over time. In growing children and young adults when the scoliosis begins to compromise pulmonary function, surgery becomes a consideration. Well before then the patient should be evaluated by an experienced scoliosis spine sugeon and experienced n-m pediatric neurologist. Bracing, physical therapy and pulmonary functions need to be followed. ...Read more

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How exactly do you treat neuromuscular diseases?

How exactly do you treat neuromuscular diseases?

Disorder related: There are many neuromuscular diseses, treatment is specific to the disorder when possible. In myasthenia gravis treatment may include surgery, immunospression and medication to improve n-m transmission. There are inflammatory muscle disorders that require prolonged immunosupression. There are nerve and muscle disorders associated with vitamin deficiencies. In others we can only treat symptoms. ...Read more

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Neuron (Definition)

A neuron is a specialized cell that conducts impulses within the nervous system. It is made up of a cell body and processes including ...Read more