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How long does it take to diagnose als?

How long does it take to diagnose als?

Not long: Once the weakness becomes apparent, the muscular atrophy and fasciculations start to appear, and within a period of a few weeks the diagnostic studies can be completed. Best to start a drug such as Riluzole as early as possible to provide best outcomes. ...Read more

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How long is the life expectancy for als, llou gehrig's disease?

How long is the life expectancy for als, llou gehrig's disease?

3 to 5 years: Als, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is better known as lou gehrig's disease. It is a disease of motor neurons that causes progressive muscle weakness and is uniformly fatal. The median time from the first symptom of weakness to the patient's passing is about 4 years. ...Read more

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Now entering 7th month of twitching. Started in calf and both calves twitch constant all day long plus now body wide. No weakness noted. Worried ALS.

See a neurologist: symptoms persisting that long need to be evaluated. Could be a neurologic condition or an electrolyte imbalance. Other possibilities include nerve pressure from spinal intervertebral discs. Start with a neurologist. ...Read more

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How long will i live wirh als? I lost the use of my right arm an hand in about 4 months and now the left is going.

Hard to predict: The average patient who develops problems with breathing and/or swallowing may succumb within 3 years but a medicine such as Riluzole does prolong the need for a tracheostomy. Some pts with medical support, can survive for even 15 yrs., or beyond, such as astronomer, dr stephen hawking. ...Read more

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My grandma has ALS.She can't clearly talk and walk.she has started taking Rilutek (riluzole).for how long will this medicine delay the progess of this desease?

My grandma has ALS.She can't clearly talk and walk.she has started taking Rilutek (riluzole).for how long will this medicine delay the progess of this desease?

It varies: As long as her system can tolerate it she will takes it until the end or until it stops helping. I'm not sure when that will happen. I am so sorry for you guys. Good luck ...Read more

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I went to ENT and he looked down my throat w/ a long scope and said their is a piece swollen & he said yelow drainage . I have a barium test? Als?

I went to ENT and he looked down my throat w/ a long scope and said their is a piece swollen & he said yelow drainage . I have a barium test? Als?

Few possibilities.: I saw 2 questions from you with infomation including swollen neck, stiffhands & feet, fatigue, wt. Loss. Difficulty in swallowing with dry thorat, swollen neck from outside from ?Lymphnodes, then we need to r/o autoimmune conditions with sicca (dry) symptoms, especiall ss-sjogren syn. Have any fever. Is there dryness of eyes , less saliva formation, hoarseness.Need to r/o TB larynx.Vasculitis labs+. ...Read more

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For what length of time do people with ALS live?

For what length of time do people with ALS live?

Variable: Everyone is different. Depending on comorbid issues. Average is 2-5 yrs after diagnosis depending on aggressiveness. However: 50% more than 3 yrs. 20% over 5 yrs. 10% more than 10 yrs and 5% more than 20 yrs - also depends on how aggressive the care and treatment. ...Read more

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What is als

Neurologic disease: Amylotrophic lateral sclerosis- a neurologic disease affects motor function, leads to muscle weakness and significant disability. Also known as lou gehrigs disease. If you or family are diagnosed with this or if you want to learn more, visit www.Alsa.Org. ...Read more

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What is als?

Nervous condition: Als is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Also known as lou gehrig's disease. It is a degenerative disease of the nervous system. ...Read more

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Is ALS painful?

Is ALS painful?

Usually not: Pain is not usually a prominent presenting symptom in ALS, but can occur due to spasticity, muscle spasms, and even co-morbities. About 50% of cases experience some pain. One caveat, pelvic pain may herald infection, especially urinary, and chest pain, possibly pneumonia. ...Read more

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