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What Is The Common Name For 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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neurologic disease: Amylotrophic lateral sclerosis- a neurologic disease affects motor function, leads to muscle weakness and significant disability. Also known as lou gehrigs disease. If you or family are diagnosed with this or if you want to learn more, visit www.Alsa.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually not: Pain is not usually a prominent presenting symptom in ALS, but can occur due to spasticity, muscle spasms, and even co-morbities. About 50% of cases experience some pain. One caveat, pelvic pain may herald infection, especially urinary, and chest pain, possibly pneumonia. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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