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What Is Lou Gehrig Disease Caused By
Do not know cause: A small percentage of cases are genetic or associated with frontotemporal dementias. Sporadic ALS is a disease associated with a misfolded protein, cooper/zinc superoxide dysmutase, but not fully clear why this happens, the drug Riluzole may be a clue, as it affects glutamate, and maybe here is one possible pathway for investigation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me could I have a deadly neurological disease like ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) what causes this?
What diseases cause severe nerve damage throughout the entire body i don't mean gbs or ms, ALS im thinking diseases that leave you partially dead?
Can metobolic disease cause fasciculations. have high CPK 744 high adolese and low t. Rheumatologist thinks metobolic. Clean emg/ns. Worried als. 36?
Possibly..: The differential diagnosis of ALS is quite extensive, probably too much to post here. EMG often shows both acute and chronic denervation in ALS although conventional MRI is usually normal in ALS. You could pursue a lumbar puncture and/or muscle biopsy for the possibility of some more definitive answers. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can neurogenic atrophy in thenar muscle from nerve injury cause als? Or does it only apply to those with nerve disease?
Prob not ALS: Thenar atrophy is normally caused by median mononeuropathy, aka carpal tunnel syndrome. Other causes are relatively rare. ALS may cause thenar atrophy, but since if affects multiple nerves and muscles, this should not be the only sign or symptom. Of course, thenar atrophy does not cause ALS. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can an anxiety disorder cause weakness in left hand pinky/ring fingers? I have had health anxiety for als, my gp says no, but I have not see a neuro.
Health anxiety: Anxiety can cause all kinds of symptoms, less often one-sided. There can be muscle weakness, plus numbness and tingling in extremities. You could also possibly have a neck issue impinging on nerves that lead to your hand; a neurology consult could help. Being generally very anxious about your health could also merit seeing a psychologist for assistance managing this. Good therapies are available. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Interesting history: When lou gehrig died, no autopsy was ever done, and it was thought that he did suffer als, but retrospective analysis raises question of what we now know to be a chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Regardless, his name is associated with degeneration of motor nerve cells in brain and spinal cord. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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