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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Lou Gehrig's Disease

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Are there any alternative treatments to alleviate the symptoms of lou gehrig's disease?

Are there any alternative treatments to alleviate the symptoms of lou gehrig's disease?

No, none!: Would be nice to find such approaches in this devastating condition, but does NOT exist. Even our approved medication, Riluzole does very little. ...Read more

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Is swollen tongue a symptom of lou gehrig's disease?

Is swollen tongue a symptom of lou gehrig's disease?

Not directly: They is some evidence that shows damage to parts of the brain resulting from the disease causing swallowing difficulty but not necessarily from hypertrophy of the tongue. ...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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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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Will I die from lou gehrig's disease?

Will I die from lou gehrig's disease?

See your doctor: I really feel that this is a question that is best addressed face to face with an experienced physician you trust. I wish you all the best! ...Read more

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What goes wrong in lou gehrig's disease?

What goes wrong in lou gehrig's disease?

NOT fully clear: We do know it is a disease which results in loss of motor nerve cells in brain and spinal cord, and there is an incidence of 10% familial involvement. Rarely, there is a mutation in gene encoding of copper/zinc superoxide dismutase, but otherwise, we are not clear as to what is causing this devastating condition. ...Read more

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How often does lou gehrig's disease occur?

How often does lou gehrig's disease occur?

Good question: The incidence of ALS is 1.5 to 2.7 per 100,000 per year. There are about 7,000 new cases of ALS diagnosed in the USA each year. ...Read more

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How fast does lou gehrig's disease progress?

How fast does lou gehrig's disease progress?

GORK: It is unpredictable of how fast ALS (lou gehrig disease) will end up in death. It depends on the person, its presenting symptoms, the velocity of progression, institution of treatment etc. There's only one medication approved for that by far called riluzol. In most cases, though, it progresses to significant disability in a matter of 2-3 years. ...Read more

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How can find out if have Lou Gehrig's disease?

How can find out if have Lou Gehrig's disease?

See a doctor: If you have symptoms of progressive weakness without sensory signs or symptoms, you should be evaluated with NCV/EMG. Otherwise, the chances of having this uncommon disorder is small. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever lived with lou gehrig's disease?

Can happen: For example, astronomer Stephen Hawking, has lived for years with disease, but has numerous mechanical and computer devices to allow his functioning. The usual case is death within 3-5 yrs after diagnosis. ...Read more

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What medicines are use for lou gehrig's disease?

Treatment: It's mostly supportive, but a drug called Riluzole is approved for ALS and it's thought to work by decreasing glutamate mediated motor neuron cell death. ...Read more

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Can a person with lou gehrig's disease reproduce?

Can a person with lou gehrig's disease reproduce?

Yes: Lou gehrig's affects motor neurons, and therefore, involves strength and ability to breath and swallow, but does not cause sterility, and thus, sperm and eggs are not afflicted. ...Read more

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What happens in the body with lou gehrig's disease?

What happens in the body with lou gehrig's disease?

Nerve damage: The disease attacks the motor nerve cell in brain and spinal cord leading to weakness, muscle atrophy, flickering of muscle fibers, tongue atrophy with speech and swallowing problems, and eventual breathing difficulties. We have limited clues to causation, and only one modestly valuable drug, Riluzole. ...Read more

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Why are men more likely to get lou gehrig's disease?

Why are men more likely to get lou gehrig's disease?

Lou Gehrig's disease: Genetics. It is passed in teh x chromosome. Men only have 1. Women have 2, and both need the disease for them to get it. ...Read more

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