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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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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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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What is motor neuron disease and how is it treated?

What is motor neuron disease and how is it treated?

See below: Previously termed "lou gehrig's disease", the process destroys motor nerve cells and leads to muscle atrophy weakness, swallowing and breathing difficulties. The sole approved drug is Riluzole which may delay tracheostomy. Treatment is basically symptomatic and supportive, but patients succumb nonetheless. There is no cure. ...Read more

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What is motor neuron disease?

Motor neuron disease: Motor neuron disease is a group of poorly understood degenerative conditions of the nervous system. The one known most commonly is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as lou gehrig's disease. The disease causes the nerves supplying muscles in the spinal cord to die off gradually causing progressive weakness in the limbs and the face including swallowing muscles.There is no cure at this time. ...Read more

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How does motor neuron disease progress?

How does motor neuron disease progress?

Depends: There are many different types of motor neuron diseases, each of which has its own unique progression (which is how we tell which one you might have oftentimes). You'll need to be more specific in order to get a good answer. If you think you have a motor neuron disease, you need to get to the doctor right away. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for motor neuron disease?

What do you recommend for motor neuron disease?

Motor neuron disease: Motor neuron diseae such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als) can be managed by a multidisciplinary team consisting of a neurologist, a physical medicine & rehab specialist, a physical/occupational therapist, a nutritionist, a speech therapist, a nutritionist, a respiratory therapist, a psychologist and a support group. Riluzole may slightlly extend the lifespan. ...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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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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What are the most common symptoms of motor neuron disease?

What are the most common symptoms of motor neuron disease?

Weakness: Motor neuron diseases affect the nerves that send the impulse to muscles to initiate movement. Examples of motor neuron diseases include lou gerig's disease(als) and spinal muscular atrophy. Symptoms may include limb weakness, difficulty swallowing, and difficulty breathing. Some types may also affect eye movement and facial expression. ...Read more

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Where can I find support when I have motor neuron disease?

Where can I find support when I have motor neuron disease?

ALS MDA: Look for a local chapter of the ALS foundation or muscular dystrophy association. Your neurologist may be able to provide more info for services in your area. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: motor neuron disease?

See below: 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 progressive disability and death. ...Read more

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How come I have motor neuron disease, but nobody else in the family has it?

Most are nonfamilial: While there are some cases of motor neuron disease that run in families, the majority of cases occur spontaneously without any clear genetic cause. Hopefully, with time and continued research, we will be able to find the nongenetic reasons that cause some people to develop the disease while others do not. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for motor neuron disease?

Is there a cure for motor neuron disease?

No: There is no cure for motor neuron disease. The prognosis depends on the type of motor neuron disease. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als) is the most rapidly progressive. ...Read more

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How can I prevent or reduce myself from getting motor neuron disease?

How can I prevent or reduce myself from getting motor neuron disease?

Stay healthy and...: Staying in good health, and avoiding risk factors that can lead to injuries, are the ways to decrease the chances of motor neuron disease. That means avoiding sick people so one doesn't catch as many illnesses in his lifetime. It means not getting diabetes, which damages nerves. It also helps to avoid trauma, whether it is repetitive vibrations or one time accidents like motorcycle crashes. ...Read more

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Scared about getting motor neuron disease. Is there any way to prevent this?

No: Why are you scared, does it run in your family? Motor neuron disease in spite of it's publicity and horrendous outcomes, is really quite rare, and even the hereditary variety is uncommon. If there is a clear cut family history, contact, a geneticist, and discuss future planning. Otherwise do not worry, as the odds are with you! ...Read more

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My mom gets motor neuron disease, so am I likely to get it later?

My mom gets motor neuron disease, so am I likely to get it later?

Motor neuron disease: 10% of this group of diseases can have some genetic inheritance.90% are sporadic mutation so the odds are higher for not inheriting it.For more info discuss with the doctor managing your mom condition. ...Read more

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Could motor neuron disease cause dragging feet?

Yes: If the disease affects the nerves of the lower extremities, this is possible. ...Read more

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My family history has motor neuron disease. How can I check if i'll develop this in future or not? Can DNA test confirm this?

Physical exams: If the motor neuron disease runs in your family, there is a higher risk that the disease will be passed down. You can be monitored closely by your primary care physician for any changes in your neurologic exam. In addition, there are some genes that are associated with motor neuron disease and you could undergo genetic testing to see if you have any of the known genetic mutations. ...Read more

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