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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

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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22 year old Latino, what are the chances for me to get ALS, does not run in family, I have hand cramps runs up my arm? Need some peace of mind plz

Very rare: ALS has gotten a lot of press lately due to the ice bucket challenge. In reality, it is an extremely rare disease. In the US, about 5, 000 people (out of 300, 000, 000) are diagnosed per year. Hand cramps are not part of the symptom progression of ALS. Nothing is impossible, but it is very unlikely you have the disease. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Friends mom has ALS. Friend got tested and shows positive for familial ALS. She is 50 with no symptoms. Is there a chance she may not get ALS?

Friends mom has ALS. Friend got tested and shows positive for familial ALS. She is 50 with no symptoms. Is there a chance she may not get ALS?

Possibility: There are several genes associated with familial ALS and the majority are autosomal dominant with adult onset. There is one gene that is autosomal recessive that can have adult onset. So it would really depend upon what gene was tested for but there is a probability she will develop ALS if it is an autosomal dominant gene. However, clinical variation exists and it is hard to say for absolute. ...Read more

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Grandma had ALS will I get it?

Als: There is no known inheritance pattern in ALS so very unlikely. ...Read more

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Can someone under the age of 20 get als?

It is rare: It is rare for a youngster to be diagnosed with ALS but it is possible. Most cases of this occur after age 50 or so. ...Read more

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What are the chances of ALS in young black males?

What are the chances of ALS in young black males?

Relatively rare: (9.1%) black., although blacks appear relatively spared from ALS they present at an earlier age and are functionally worse at their first visit. Studying genetics may supply some answers. ...Read more

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When can the early stages of ALS get you? How do you know if you ever have it?

When can the early stages of ALS get you? How do you know if you ever have it?

Neurology condition: ALS is a disease of upper middle age with an average age of onset between 55 and 65 years of age. See your primary care physician if you are concerned. If necessary, you would be referred to a neurologist for further evaluation. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/amyotrophiclateralsclerosis. Html ...Read more

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Can you help a friend of mine and get to try out new medicines for ALS please?

Advice: We do not use research drugs here onsite, but would suggest there is little to lose if one has ALS, and a new drug protocol would be of potential value. A nearby medical school should be helpful to guide your friend to a local or national study group. ...Read more

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I have some symptoms of als. So I need someone who can help me to get more info about als.?

Here's information: Disease of older folks, associated with muscular weakness, atrophy, and flickering called fasciculations. Very unlikely you would have ALS at age 19. Check AAN. Com, or Mayo Clinic site for further information. ...Read more

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I've had anxiety about ALS lately. How do I get tested for this? So it can most likely be ruled out and I can take my life back

I've had anxiety about ALS lately. How do I get tested for this? So it can most likely be ruled out and I can take my life back

ALS: As far as I know no one be will put through the extensive and, sometimes, uncomfortable tests for ALS unless they are truly symptomatic and all other possibilities have been ruled out. I would suggest speaking to your primary care physician to discuss whatever symptoms you may be experiencing. If nothing else shows up, locate a good therapist to work on anxiety reducing strategies. ...Read more

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I've only had one injection and have been using the pull out method. I had a regular cycle for 2 months but didn't get one for this month. I've als?

I've only had one injection and have been using the pull out method. I had a regular cycle for 2 months but didn't get one for this month. I've als?

Depo?: Usually the depo shot is reliable against pregnancy soon after receiving it. Often you don't have cycles on the medication. Do a pregnancy test to make sure and get your depo shot every 12 weeks. All the best. Remember it does not protect you against a STI. ...Read more

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ALS question My grandmother was diagnosed with bulbar ALS in August 2015. She's the only one in our family to have it. Should my mom & I get tested?

Genetic counseling: In 90% of cases, there is only one family member with ALS. You can find some useful information here: http://www. Alsa. Org/about-als/genetic-testing-for-als. Html Before jumping to genetic testing, you might do some research and consider consulting a genetic counselor. ...Read more

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Very worried about having or getting ALS after I saw a TV show about someone who had it. Every twitch I get has me ready to run to a Dr. Liklihood?

Nasty disorder: But a rather rare condition, and your twitches are very unlikely to represent any neuromuscular disease. If you are concerned about ALS, contact your doctor and explore why you are focused in this area. Maybe counseling would be useful. ...Read more

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How much money do you need to get the proper treatment for als?

Any Insurance?: You ask a question which can not easily be answered, as the evaluation and diagnosis may be comprehensive, but includes consultation, EMG testing, blood tests, medications (which help only modestly), possible respiratory and ambulatory equipment, and hospitalizations, including hospice. Would guess $150, 000 or more. But maybe assistance available. Www. Aan. Com. ...Read more

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My anxiety over als is high and I am experiencing pain in my left shoulder and elbow. It comes and goes. If I am 24 the chances are that it's not als?

My anxiety over als is high and I am experiencing pain in my left shoulder and elbow. It comes and goes. If I am 24 the chances are that it's not als?

Probably not, see Dr: Why your concern re this specific disease? Has a close relative had this illness? If so, there is a genetic link and possibility goes up. If not, odds are in your favor. You should see your doctor if you continue to have anxiety over this. Anxiety and stress can evoke physical symptoms, but see your doctor for an evaluation to put your mind at ease. ...Read more

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For the past couple months I have noticed random muscle twitching. Lasts 2-3 seconds. No weakness. 34 yr old female. Chance of ALS?

Muscle twitch: Many causes of muscle twitches, ALS is not likely to be the cause of them. If they persist or increase in frequency or length of time, u should be checked. ...Read more

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Feeling a weird or weak feeling in left leg. Started feeling it april last year, and it seems to come and go. Chances it's als? Male age 20. Anxiety.

Feeling a weird or weak feeling in left leg. Started feeling it april last year, and it seems to come and go. Chances it's als? Male age 20. Anxiety.

Improbable: There are many beneign causes of leg pain/ parasthesias. See musculoskletal specialist, like a manipulative do. Is there a family hist of nerve diseases? Activity can cause it too. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with primary lateral sclerosis by my neurologist here in savannah. What's the chance of mine changing to als? Really concerned.

I have been diagnosed with primary lateral sclerosis by my neurologist here in savannah. What's the chance of mine changing to als? Really concerned.

Unlikely: Although primary lateral sclerosis can be disabling, it is no where near as bad as als. You shouldn't be thinking about that but how you can best follow your neuologists instructions to get better. ...Read more

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Friend was positive for genetic test for ALS. She is 50 now and no symptoms Is there a chance she won't come down with ALS?

Friend was positive for genetic test for ALS. She is 50 now and no symptoms Is there a chance she won't come down with ALS?

Be more specific: I'm glad your friend is healthy. Which genetic test did she take? Does she have an affected family member? Most ALS is sporadic. Misunderstanings are very common when it comes to genetic testing. It's best for you simply to let your friend know you are happy for her, and let her bring her questions to her genetic counsellor or physician. ...Read more

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Male 20 yrs. Feeling of fullness or little heaviness in left leg and arm. No sensory sx. Chances that it's ALS after 1 year? I have health anxiety.

Male 20 yrs. Feeling of fullness or little heaviness in left leg and arm. No sensory sx. Chances that it's ALS after 1 year? I have health anxiety.

Nonspecific: Those symptoms are nonspecific and could be ALS or a lot of other things. See your doctor to investigate this or you will never stop worrying about it. ...Read more

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Should I wear glasses everyday? Do my eye sight get worse if I don't wear them everyday? My friends and teacher kept telling me that if I don't wear my glasses everyday, my eyes would get worse, is that true? Doesn't it get worse when u wear ur glasses als

Should I wear glasses everyday? Do my eye sight get worse if I don't wear them everyday? My friends and teacher kept telling me that if I don't wear my glasses everyday, my eyes would get worse, is that true? Doesn't it get worse when u wear ur glasses als

Depends on age: Wearing the correct spectacle correction will never make your vision weaker-- it will only allow you to see better. Not wearing your glasses under the age of ten may cause the eye to not develop to their full visual potential. ...Read more

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Als doc diagnosis was bfs. It seems everytime I walk around I get twitches in my calves thighs. Some I can feel and some I can't feel is this normal at rest.

Als doc diagnosis was bfs. It seems everytime I walk around I get twitches in my calves thighs. Some I can feel and some I can't feel is this normal at rest.

Normal but unhealthy: It may be normal but it represents not being of good health. There are some things you can do easily to ease the situation as we have discussed earlier this evening. ...Read more

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22/male constant hand cramps no weakness, what are chances it could be ALS, it does not run in my family? Need some peace if mind please!!

Rest easy son: With just hand cramps as your symptom and no family history of ALS I would say that Killer Krill that hunt giant Sperm Whales found in the ocean would be more likely to exist than you having ALS with that presentation. In other words, just work on UNcramping your hands a little which could be stress and so forth. If you were inconsolable over this then, see a neurologist to check you over. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a 22/Hispanic male with twitching muscles, and weaknes to have als? Should I be worried? I also drink and smoke marijuana?

What are the chances of a 22/Hispanic male with twitching muscles, and weaknes to have als? Should I be worried? I also drink and smoke marijuana?

Stop drinking alcohol: It's best to go to the neurologist if you think you have ALS symptoms. However the most important things you can do is stop drinking alcohol, which is a neurotoxin. If you had marijuana on top of this, you may be complicating your picture further. Having muscle twitching depending on where it's located can be due to your high stress level. So take it easy & see your doctor first. ...Read more

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I noticed that whenever I tap any of my (both) thumbs on abductor thenar part, this muscle twitches and jumps. I am worried I have als. Should I get emg?

I noticed that whenever I tap any of my (both) thumbs on abductor thenar part, this muscle twitches and jumps. I am worried I have als. Should I get emg?

Normal response: Stretching the muscle and especially the tendon of a muscle makes it contract as a normal response.
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Sometimes when using my hands they cramp up. What's the chance of this being ALS? 35 yr female? Have some muscle twitching all over random. Please adv

Fairly unlikely: ALS is possible, but not real common. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a much more common cause of what you are describing. I would not hesitate to be evaluated for a specific diagnosis. ...Read more