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Is ALS contagious?

Is ALS contagious?

No.: Als is also called lou gerig's disease results from an attack on the spinal cord motor cells. This can be hereditary but is not caused by a bacteria or virus one can catch. ...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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Is ALS hereditary?

Is ALS hereditary?

Can be: Fals - familial is rare, less than 10%. 90% are sporadic sals with unknown cause. There are some generic tests available. ...Read more

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What is bulbar als?

What is bulbar als?

Very worrisome: When ALS begins to destroy nerve cells in the base of the brain, the patient develops loss of ability to swallow and eventually even breathe. This is indeed ominous when it occurs and often leads to early demise. ...Read more

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What are ALS symptoms?

ALS symptoms vary: ALS symptoms may vary from person to person. For some people muscles throughout the body may be affected, in others, it may only be in the arms or legs. Shared symptoms include painless weakness, muscle wasting, weight loss, and spontaneous muscle contractures (fasciculations). Sensation is not affected. ...Read more

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What is the cause of als?

Not really known: We do know that 90% of all cases are sporadic, and that 10% are familial ALS, and have found rare mutations of the gene encoding copper/zinc superoxide dismutase. ...Read more

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What are some signs of als?

What are some signs of als?

Muscle problems: Weakness, loss of muscle bulk, flickering of muscles, increased reflexes, problems swallowing and breathing seem to proceed over months to years. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of having als?

Muscle weakness: Als (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a nerve disease that causes increasing muscle weakness (eventual paralysis). There can be difficulty moving the toes or lifting up the foot. Then the feet, ankles, and legs get weaker. The hands get weaker and can become uncoordinated. Problems with speech & swallowing show up. Patients are usually in the 40-60 year-old range. 90-95% of ALS occurs randomly. ...Read more

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What are the earliest symptoms of ALS?

Muscle weakness: About 60-70% of patients develop this symptom. Also unusual muscle cramps or twitching caused by motor neuron degradation. ALS is a very difficult disease to diagnose and based on examination and series of diagnostic tests and ruling out other diseases. Take care. ...Read more

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What are probable causes of a person developing als?

No clear answer: Other than 10% familial incidence and the rare occurrence of a genetic variation, we have no good idea of causation in the 90% sporadic variety. ...Read more

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Is ALS fatal?

No cure: Although some patients can survive over 10-20 yrs if they lack bulbar involvement and continue to maintain swallowing and breathing, otherwise, most patients do not last much beyond 3-5 yrs. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for als?

Although there is a : Although there is a lot of research attempting to find a cure or opportunity to better manage this dreaded condition, at present there is no known cure. The course of progression is variable depending on the individual and there are some new pharmaceuticals that have not been introduced to the market yet that are under investigation. ...Read more

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How to prevent from als?

No known prevention: Unfortunately, there is no prevention means for ALS available at this time. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for als?

Is there any cure for als?

Unfortunately, no: While there are no cures for als, there is one medication (rilutek) that has been shown to slow the course of the disease. There are also many treatments that can help to manage the symptoms and complications of als. I highly recommend enrolling in a multidisciplinary ALS clinic to make sure you are receiving optimum care. ...Read more

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Does a clean emg mean no als?

ALS on EMG: The diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is a difficult one. Electromyography (EMG) can help by demonstrating subclinical evidence for the disease, with fasciculation potentials, fibrillation potentials and positive sharp waves supporting the diagnosis-especially when seen in the glossus (tongue) muscles and the thoracic paraspinals. It would be unusual for the EMG in ALS to be normal. ...Read more

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How to know if I have als, MS or none?

Depends: Each illness has its own particular appearance, with signs and symptoms fitting to diagnosis. Not knowing your issues, there is no way we can sort this out for you. Best you communicate your concerns in further detail first. ...Read more

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Why is ALS called lou gehrig's disease?

Interesting history: When lou gehrig died, no autopsy was ever done, and it was thought that he did suffer als, but retrospective analysis raises question of what we now know to be a chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Regardless, his name is associated with degeneration of motor nerve cells in brain and spinal cord. ...Read more

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Does exercise help slow ALS progression?

Couldn't hurt: I am of the belief that exercise(especially yoga) is benefical; but unfortunately there is no cure to date. There are studies and trials being constantly done; and hopefully there will be a cure. Have hope...Stephen hawkins(famous astrophysicist) was diagnosed in his 20's and is still alive to date. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have als, MS or none?

Unlikely you do: If you possessed als, you would have muscle weakness, atrophy, and flickering of muscles. Ms would experience problems with imbalance, loss of vision, incoordination, fatigue, cognitive issues, leg weakness, etc. Why are you worried? See your doctor and enquire about your health. ...Read more