What is als?

Nervous condition. Als is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Also known as lou gehrig's disease. It is a degenerative disease of the nervous system.
BAD DISEASE. An incurable disorder causing death of motor nerve cells in brain and spinal cord. Results in progressive muscular weakness and atrophy, with eventual loss of speech, swallowing and breathing abilities. Occurs rarely, and in 10% of cases is familial.

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What is als

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 more...
Motor neuron disease. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease of a misfolded protein (superoxide dismutase) causing death of the motor neuron cell body and therefore resultant weakness, muscle atrophy, flickering of muscle tissue, and eventual loss of mobility, with inability to breathe or swallow. It is difficult to treat, has no cure, but is rare. Read more...

What are ALS symptoms?

Insidious. Progressive weakness with flickering of muscles (fasciculations) and gradual muscle atrophy. May also experience problems with respiration and swallowing and tongue may get clumsy and start fasciculation 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...

What is ALS (lou gehrigs disease)?

Paralysis of muscles. Lou gehrig's disease is also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The disease attacks nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that run the muscles that we can normally control. The cause of the disease is not known. In about 10% it is genetic. People with lou gehrig's disease slowly become weak in the arms and legs, and can have difficulty speaking, swallowing, and breathing. Read more...
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...

How will I know what does ALS do to you and can it be cured?

Muscle weakness. Als or lou gherig's disease affects the nerve cells that control muscles (motor neurons). Degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to increasing muscle weakness, involving the arms and legs and later the breathing muscles, speech and swallowing. Unfortunately, there is no cure for als. One drug (riluzole) is available but it only slows down the disease for a short time (months). Read more...
Lou Gehrig's disease. Als is a disease affecting the nerve cell body, causes weakness, muscle wasting, and fasciculations or fluttering of the muscles. It can affect mobility, swallowing, and breathing. There is no known cure to date, and the prognosis is often very poor. We believe it is a disorder of "misfolded proteins", similar in some ways to alzheimer's and parkinson's, but a far rarer condition, fortunately. Read more...

What else besides ALS and fasciculations can cause my tongue to feel twitchy?

Tongue. great question. Stress, dryness, acid reflux or some of the other causes. I would check it out with an ENT. Read more...
Look up BFS Mayo web. Though twitching is sometimes a symptom of serious diseases such as spinal injury, muscular dystrophy, Lyme Disease, multiple sclerosis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), causes like BFS and over-exertion are more common Benign fasciculation syndrome (BFS) is a neurological disorder characterized by fasciculation (twitching) of various voluntary muscles in the body--including tongue. Read more...

I've recently just got a sharp throbbing pain in my inner left thigh and knee it's been going on for over an hour or so now without stopping and I've took paracetamol nothing happened? I was just wondering why I'm getting this pain and what causes it? Als

Unlikely ALS. This can be from the hip, the knee or pinching of the nerve. You need to see your physician and get an evaluation and imaging. This will clarify your question. We need to know what affects it. ? walking, sitting, climbing, etc These are the clues to help understand your problem. Read more...

What to do about als?

No cure. Als and motor neuron disease are progressive diseases of the brain stem in which there is death of the motor neurons resulting in progressive loos of motor function. Some cases progress rapidly while others are slower in progression. There is no cure. Being certain of diagnosis important. Read more...
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...