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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Definition)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disorder of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that play a role in controlling voluntary muscle movement. While few cases may be due to a genetic defect, the cause is usually unknown. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, muscle ...Read more


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Someone told me ALS is "a young mans disease". Is this true? How common is ALS before 30?

Rare disorder: Thankfully, the disorder tends to occur rarely, but when it begins, can see mainly in people into their 5th and 6th decade of life. There are several subcategories, and even a small group of familial victims. This is not a "young man's disease" in any sense of the word. ...Read more

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What are some common symptoms of als?

See below: Twitching of muscles, called fasciculations, weakness, atrophy of muscles, and later, involvement of tongue, ability to swallow, terminal problems with breathing, and inability to move about or take care of ADL's. Often associated with increased reflexes, in spite of loss of muscle bulk, ...Read more

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How common is ALS in a young, black male?

How common is ALS in a young, black male?

I don't get it: My pts come into my office having done "research" on their problems every which way ad infinitum by using a search engine. But then people post questions here that don't require medical thinking but are just about regurgitating statistics that anyone can look up. Start at http://www.ninds.nih.gov and look up ALS. Also http://www.alsa.org. Doing the work yourself is easy & empowering. ...Read more

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I'm terrified I have ALS! What are the symptoms?! How common is it? Genetic? Would it show up on an MRI?! Aaaah!

I'm terrified I have ALS! What are the symptoms?! How common is it? Genetic? Would it show up on an MRI?! Aaaah!

It is more likely: that you have an anxiety disorder or OCD. Please see your doc and then a mental health professional who specializes in anxiety or OCD. I'm sure this is torture for you but the proper treatment can be very helpful. Claire Weakes old book "Hope and Help for your Nerves" may provide some help along the way. Peace and good health to you. ...Read more

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I have a rare mitochondrial/peroxisomal disorder that has no name yet. Mri shows als, but i'm a 34 yr female. I have severe rage is this normal?

I have a rare mitochondrial/peroxisomal disorder that has no name yet. Mri shows als, but i'm a 34 yr female. I have severe rage is this normal?

See your doctor: If you have a rare mitochondrial / peroxisomal disorder, you will get the best answer from the specialist that you are working with. It is common to have issues with anxiety, depression, stress, rage, or even anger when dealing with chronic conditions. You should see your family practice physician. ...Read more

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What is the name of that spinal cord disease als?

A few terms: Spinal muscular atrophy refers to a childhood disorder of motor nerve cells. Primary lateral sclerosis is a focal form of ALS which can involve spinal cord. Primary muscular atrophy is another term indicative of a varying location, within cord, sparing upper nerve cells. ...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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What is ALS ( lou gehrigs disease )?

BAD disease: It causes progressive weakness, muscular atrophy and fasciculations, eventual problems with swallowing, breathing, speaking, and often death within 3-5 yrs. Has no known cause, and no cure. ...Read more

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