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My grandma has ALS and can't move on her own and she also hardly swallows the food. what to do to stop this decease from progressing?any medicines?

My grandma has ALS and can't move on her own and she also hardly swallows the food. what to do to stop this decease from progressing?any medicines?

No: Sounds like your grandma is in a fairly advanced stage so she must have ALS for a while quite enough time to discuss her decease with her doctors.I find it a stretch to believe that you haven't been told not once but repeatedly that this decease has no cure and that the only approved drug riluzole only slows it a little. for more information about this decease check out http://www.alsa.org. ...Read more

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Grandma has ALS.her tongue is swollen these days and due to problem of swallowing she can't eat. how can we feed her?are there a ways to help swallow?

Grandma has ALS.her tongue is swollen these days and due to problem of swallowing she can't eat. how can we feed her?are there a ways to help swallow?

Sorry to hear this: You are likely encountering some of the eventual complications of this terrible disease. You will be best advised to consider a feeding tube, such as a PEG tube, as risk of lung aspiration will increase with time. Unfortunately, the swallowing issues will not reverse. ...Read more

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Had neuro exam, head mri/ct, all clean. Stiffness in hands and feet(am), fatigue, weight loss, swollen throat hard to swallow, yellow mucus. Als? 26 yrso

Had neuro exam, head mri/ct, all clean. Stiffness in hands and feet(am), fatigue, weight loss, swollen throat hard to swallow, yellow mucus. Als? 26 yrso

Doesn't fit ALS: Please see the answer to your other question with related information. In ALS there will be more saliva and dryness moth with less saliva. Swollen throat could not be explained in als-amyotropic lateral scelerosis- a neurogenerative condition. Weight loss , is related to less appetite or from difficulty in swallowing food. Do you have any dry nose. Dry eyes, nose, throat are common in sjogrens synd. ...Read more

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I'm having hard time swallowing, can this be a sign of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

Unlikely: While dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) can be a herald of als, this is a very, very rare disease, and dysphagia is a common symptom. Depending on your age, what you have trouble swallowing, and other medical issues you have, there are a host of potential causes for dysphagia. See your physician and discuss it with him/her, include what is hard to swallow, when, when it started. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does ALS affect speech?

Yes it can: ALS causes tongue atrophy, which can lead to articulation challenges and "dysarthria". ...Read more

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Does ALS cause pain?

Yes, not unusual: ALS can cause spasticity, spasms, muscular strains, etc due to the nature of the disease and often the pain does require aggressive analgesic intervention. ...Read more

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What to do about als?

All symptomatic : The sole drug on the market, riluzole, might delay placement of tracheostomy and slow disease somewhat, but other that feeding tubes, and breathing support, and meds to assist varioius complications, there is not a successful intervention available. Some support can be achieved through the ALS society, and believe mda still assists also. ...Read more

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Als what does it manifest?

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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