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What Is The Average Age Of Als Onset
I've tongue twitches every days since 1.5 month. Normal neuro exam and clean EMG 1 month after the onset. I'm a 28 y-o man. Could it be bulbar ALS?
Just saw a TV show about a 29 yr old who has ALS. I am 43F. How much does average person have to worry about getting this disease? Normal to worry?
Rare disorder: Incidence of ALS is about 5 in 100, 000 people. ...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.
Dry red patch on cheek what could it be and what to use on cheek? Als dry skin on forehead between eyes? What's a good daily moistures? Is it age?
Eucerine: Eucerine cream is a good daily moisturizer. It sounds like you are getting some patches of eczema. It could be that or just dry skin. Our skin does get thinner and more dry as we age. Using a good daily moisturizer can help. Make sure also that you are drinking plenty of water each day. ...Read more
Is a progressive disabling disease a but when it starts with a "bulbar" onset it is not easy to make a "definite" diagnosis (until it reaches nerves which can be tested!
Speak with your treating neurologist about your concerns!
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I am experiencing slurred speech. Clean emgs of al limbs, would emg of picked up if als was present regardless if it were bulbar onset?
TIA/Stroke: The speech center is often affected by stroke (CVA) or TIA. I suggest immediate ER evaluation. ...Read more
Is muscle fasciculation size/intensity a clue in considering BFS vs ALS onset? I've had intense, large fasciculations in feet and calfs for a week.
Not so simple: Fasiculations can be a sign of muscle denervation or simply muscular fatigue. Don't jump to unwarranted conclusions. See if they last and if they do see a good neurologist ...Read more
After a year of symptom onset of altered sensation and or perceived weakness in left leg and left arm with no change, how likely is it als? 20 male.
Check out the info sheet at the nih web site, http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/amyotrophiclateralsclerosis/detail_als. Htm.
There are more common conditions that could produce the symptoms you describe. Als is very rare condition.
You should definitely have a thorough evaluation to look for cause of your symptoms. ...Read more
Began this week - intense bilateral nonstop muscle twitching in feet/calves. No weakness. Does a bilateral onset suggest something other than ALS?
Several possibilitie: Unless someone, a doctor, told you that you have ALS, I don't think that is the first thing to come to mind. Electrolyte abnormalities (K, Ca, Mg) should be checked, along with thyroid function. Certain medications and illicit drugs can be a major factor. I suggest you consult with your family doctor. Good luck! ...Read more
I am afraid I have early onset ALS. Left leg and left hand aches and cramps. Finger tapping rate slower in left hand which is my dominant hand.?
Not likely: I doubt ALS but if concerned you should seek consultation with a neurologist. ...Read more
Can ALS have sudden onset within 3 weeks? 35 yr old female. Started hand aches, now right forearm tightness. Muscle twitching random. Scared
Hand symptoms: There are many potential reasons for hand and forearm symptoms such as those you're describing, so there is no reason to jump to the conclusion that you have ALS. If your symptoms are persistent, you should see your doctor for a physical exam, to determine the cause of your problem. Good luck. ...Read more
What is 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
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
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 more
It can be: Because the disease causes progressive disability, adaptive equipment is used to enable the patient to be as mobile as possible. There are also communication devices which may be needed as weakness of the tongue and jaw make speech difficult. Adaptive equipment can be very expensive. ...Read more
Muscle weakness: Als (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a nerve disease that causes increasing muscle weakness (eventual paralysis). There can be difficulty moving the toes or lifting up the foot. Then the feet, ankles, and legs get weaker. The hands get weaker and can become uncoordinated. Problems with speech & swallowing show up. Patients are usually in the 40-60 year-old range. 90-95% of ALS occurs randomly. ...Read more
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