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What Are The Chances Of Me Getting Als When My Grandmother Had It
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
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
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
My grandmother had als at 70 she passed away at 75, no one execept her suffered from als in the family, is there a possibility for me or my family to ha?
There is a genetic risk of inheritance with ALS. This is less than 5%?
There are no diagnostic blood or gene tests.
If you are concerned and do not have symptoms you should still speak with your physician and if you suspect you have any symptoms of neurological change you should see a neurologist. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Can a person get the disease ALS, from laying down on a magnetic mat at a holistic doctor? Thank you.
No,: That would not be possible.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
For the past couple months I have noticed random muscle twitching. Lasts 2-3 seconds. No weakness. 34 yr old female. Chance of ALS?
22/m/190lbs have, neck twitch when I smile or make a gesture, no weakness, what are the chances if me having ALS, it does not run in my family?
Virtually Zero: Your age and symptoms both make it extremely unlikely that you will end up with ALS. ...Read more
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.
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
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
Arm sore for no reason. Can still use arm fine but it seems to get sore/stiff from simple things that shouldn't cause soreness. Could this be early ALS?
ALS: Typically will present with weakness, rather than pain. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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?
Stretching the muscle and especially the tendon of a muscle makes it contract as a normal response.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
I have one red bump in my neck and I did anal sex before month and half is that mean I get hiv I did hiv test after 5 days and it was non reactive als?
Get a HIV nucleic acid test, if the result is negative, repeat the test in 6 months.
If you intend to continue having sex with men, talk to your doctor about taking pre-exposure prophylaxis.
consult this site for information: https://www.aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/prevention/reduce-your-risk/pre-exposure-prophylaxis/index. Html ...Read more
Muscle spasms legs, feet and side back come and go, mild but noticeable. Had for 1 month. Is it MS, ALS will I get paralysed?
No: Someone has been reading too many medical horror stories. It is mega highly unlikely that spasms in an otherwise healthy 20 year old represent anything but overuse or electrolyte disturbance. The diseases you mention generally do not begin like that. See your family doc for an evaluation and reassurance of the correct diagnosis, so you can get this problem resolved. ...Read more
22 year old, male, 190lbs, fealing like my little weak and arms, can it be ALS it does not run in the family, I do get neck and face twitches?
Very unlikely: If the symptoms persist, consider seeing your doc. ...Read more
Can a mommy makeover get rid of stretch marks? After having two kids, my body isn't the same as it used to be. I have stretch marks on my upper thighs and all over my stomach and love handles. I would like to get a tummy tuck, but can a mommy makeover als
Possibly.: Removal of stretch marks will require direct skin excision. For example, stretch marks that are present along the lower abdominal wall may very well be removed during tummy tuck surgery. Of coarse, in person consultation with board certified plastic surgeons will be your best option for precise advice. Ask to see lots of examples of their work and communicate your goals clearly. Best wishes. ...Read more
Can I get ALS if I does not run in my family? Currently have weak legs and arms also shake and twitchin muscle in face when I make a jester, 22 yr old
YES answers question: BUT what you describe for your age is much more the description of almost any other medical problem EXCLUDING ALS. I'm not sure what you mean by "making a jester." A jester is a clown, fool, comic. Did you mean FACIAL GESTURE? I'd be happy to go through the details with one 1-1 as I'm a neurologist and have helped many young people such as yourself understand what twitchings are all about. ...Read more
I got tested for gonorrhea it came back posistive after I look on line seeing gonorrhea contract HIV I got scared stress started crying i.Get muscle twitching wen im up but not wen I sleep I loss my appetite can't focus im getn weird sharp pain but it als
Probably not HIV: I agree with previous reply. I'll add that although having or getting gonorrhea does increase the risk of HIV, gonorrhea is far more common than HIV and the odds are you don't have HIV. Get tested for HIV if not yet done; you can expect negative. HIV doesn't cause symptoms like yours; I agree it's probably stress/anxiety. If your gonorrhea hasn't yet been treated, get to the clinic or doctor ASAP. ...Read more
22/m have twitch all over my body, and neck when I make gestures, weak hands, Arms, legs, what are the chances I have als? Need peace of mind please!
Not big: This is not the usual presentation of ALS. Unfortunately, I can't give you peace of mind because there are other disorders that can present this way. Some are simple like mineral or vitamin deficiencies. Some are due to nerve/central nervous system problems. Regardless, this is serious enough that I would recommend seeing doctor ASAP for proper diagnosis. Only then can you get treatment/peace of mind. ...Read more
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