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Doctor insights on: How Do You Breakdown Thick Flem In An Als Patient

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Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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What is the cause of death for ALS patients?

What is the cause of death for ALS patients?

Pneumonia: Most ALS patients who die naturally do so of pneumonia, because they are too weak to cough or breathe deeply which a healthy person does naturally to prevent lung infections. ...Read more

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Do ALS patients suffer painful, suffocating death?

My view: Yes, many ALS patients suffer pain, but they rarely suffocate, as typically, when needed, a tracheostomy tube is placed. But demise can often be due to pneumonia. ...Read more

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What treatments are currently available for ALS patients?

What treatments are currently available for ALS patients?

Not many: Sole FDA approved in US is Riluzole, and some pts feel that gabapentin and memantine make them feel better due to glutamate inhibition. But the Riluzole merely delays need for tracheostomy and does NOT improve strength. Sorry, but not much else available here. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis for ALS patients with and without treatment?

What's the prognosis for ALS patients with and without treatment?

See below: At this point there is no cure for als. There is a medication that may slow the progression but it is not a cure. Als can progress at different rates in different people. I have known some people who lived much longer that was predicted. There is a lot of research being done and someday in my lifetime, i hope there will be a cure. ...Read more

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Can a twitch be induced for people with benign fasciculatiom syndrome or only ALS patients?

Can a twitch be induced for people with benign fasciculatiom syndrome or only ALS patients?

No : muscle fasciculations can be seen in a variety of situations ranging from muscle overuse and fatigue to electrolyte imbalance to denervation issues (I.e. Damage to the nerve that connects to a specific muscle). In a person with no overall medical issues, the muscle twitching is most likely benign unless other symptoms such as weakness and loss of sensation are present ...Read more

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Is creatine Kinase typically elevated in ALS patients?

Below: Serum creatine kinase (CK) levels were recorded in 100 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). CK concentrations were elevated in 43% of the patients, with a mean level of 240 U/liter and a range of 59-1,327 U/liter (male normal less than 95 U/liter, female normal less than 59 U/liter). All patients with elevated CK had muscle weakness. Seven patients were initially misdiagnosed as hav ...Read more

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My sister is a patient of als, she is taking rilutek (riluzole) tablet.is there any other treatment of this disease?

My sister is a patient of als, she is taking rilutek (riluzole) tablet.is there any other treatment of this disease?

Unfortunately no: Due to concern regarding glutamate toxicity, other meds have been added on occasion, such as gabapentin, memantine, Lyrica, (pregabalin) but little proof these provide additional value to the riluzole, which remains the main FDA approved chemical. Just a theoretical long-shot, and not researched at all, but the medical food MetanX and vitamin D-3 supplements might be considered. ...Read more