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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
No: Most of the doctors donot see this problem that often. ...Read more
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
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
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