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What is als

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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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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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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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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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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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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