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What is ALS ( lou gehrigs disease )?

What is ALS ( lou gehrigs disease )?

BAD disease: It causes progressive weakness, muscular atrophy and fasciculations, eventual problems with swallowing, breathing, speaking, and often death within 3-5 yrs. Has no known cause, and no cure. ...Read more

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What are lou gehrig disease symptoms?

What are lou gehrig disease symptoms?

ALS: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or lou gehrig's disease is a degeneration of upper and lower motor neurons. The symptoms include weakness of the upper arms and legs. Often the muscles will appear to move under the skin like a bunch of worms. The diagnosis is made with an EMG, a lumbar puncture and an MRI of the brain and spinal cord. An opinion from a neurologist will provide you further information ...Read more

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What is lou gehrig disease caused by?

Most are sporadic: While most cases of lou gehrigs disease do not have a known cause ("sporadic als"), approximately 5% of cases do run in families ("familial als"). There have been many proposed risk factors for developing sporadic als, but no clear smoking gun has been found to date. ...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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What is the progression of ALS or lou gehrigs disease?

What is the progression of ALS or lou gehrigs disease?

Specifics: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease of the motor nerve cell in brain and spinal cord, is progressive, irreversible, and causes muscle weakness, muscle flickering, and atrophy, in arms, legs, tongue, and leads to progressive disability, loss of ability to breathe and swallow. No cure, sole drug approved is Riluzole, which helps delay tracheostomy but not effect on weakness. ...Read more

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Do you think there will ever be a cure for ALS (lou gehrigs) disease?

Do you think there will ever be a cure for ALS (lou gehrigs) disease?

Hopefully: Trust in research, technology and the curiosity that defines us human beings. It's just a matter of time. Hopefully sooner than later. ...Read more

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My grandfather died of lou gehrig disease, what are my chances of having this disease and what are some symptoms I should watch for?

My grandfather died of lou gehrig disease, what are my chances of having this disease and what are some symptoms I should watch for?

NO !: This disorder is very rare and it is almost never hereditary. Loss of muscle bulk, twitting of muscles, weakness and if it affects the brain stem speech, swallowing and later respiratory problems are the usual symptoms. Mental state, sensation and bladder control are not affected. ...Read more

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Where can I find a computer set up for somebody suffering from ALS / lou gehrig's disease?

Where can I find a computer set up for somebody suffering from ALS / lou gehrig's disease?

Instrumental ADLs: An occupational therapist is the healthcare specialist who helps define one's needs to perform activities like computer work (considered an instrumental activity of daily living or adl vs a basic adl such as bathing). Once defined, the therapist helps acquire the equipment and trains a patient in its use. A physiatrist is the medical specialist who works most closely with these therapists. ...Read more

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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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Is ALS an expensive disease?

Is ALS an expensive disease?

It can be: Because the disease causes progressive disability, adaptive equipment is used to enable the patient to be as mobile as possible. There are also communication devices which may be needed as weakness of the tongue and jaw make speech difficult. Adaptive equipment can be very expensive. ...Read more

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What is fields’ disease? Is it the same as als?

Similar: Fields' disease is considered to be the rarest known disease in the world, with only two diagnosed cases in history. It is named after welsh twins catherine and kirstie fields. Fields' disease is a neuromuscular disease, causing muscular degeneration. ...Read more

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Someone told me ALS is "a young mans disease". Is this true? How common is ALS before 30?

Rare disorder: Thankfully, the disorder tends to occur rarely, but when it begins, can see mainly in people into their 5th and 6th decade of life. There are several subcategories, and even a small group of familial victims. This is not a "young man's disease" in any sense of the word. ...Read more

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Is Crohn's disease similar to als? Please advise!

No: Chrons is with gastrointestinal symptoms where as ALS will cause weakness in the muscles and paralysis ...Read more

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I was wondering is Crohn's disease similar to als?

I was wondering is Crohn's disease similar to als?

Crohn disease ALS: The two are not relate and totally different diseases. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is Crohn's disease similar to als?

Crohn and ALS: Crohn's disease is primarily an intestinal disorder while ALS is a neurologic disease. They may both have immune component but are very different illnesses. ...Read more

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Hello, i'm interested what are chances of me getting als? My grandfather died of ALS after fighting disease for 8 years.. No one in my family had als

ALS: Als or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurons. There is no known cause and no known cure. Fortunately, only 10% of all ALS cases have a family history. The cases are transmitted in an autosomal dominant fashion and the defect is on chromosome 21. ...Read more

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