Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is commonly referred to as ALS. This disease is also known to many as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a disease characterized by the slow death of certain nerve cells in the brain and spine. As described by research done through the Mayo Clinic, nerve cells called motor neurons control the muscles that allow you to move muscles of your body. ALS effects these particular neurons and produce serious neurological effects that can start as muscle weakness that eventually leads to disability and then to death. For some people diagnosed with ALS they may find it difficult to walk, talk, eat food, swallow, and even breathe. These problems can, and will lead to injury, illness, and eventually death. For most people who suffer with ALS, death will occur within three to five years after the first symptoms begin; some people may live for many years beyond that. One of the early symptoms of ALS is footdrop, where lifting the anterior part of the foot or toes becomes problematic. Other early symptoms include muscle twitching and weakness in the arms or the legs. Also, other early symptoms include hand weakness and noticeable clumsiness. This may include things like having difficulty buttoning shirts or tying shoes. Trouble swallowing and slurred speech can also be an early sign of ALS. Doctors don't know what actually causes ALS. What is known in about 1 case out of 10 is that it is hereditary. This means that 9 times out of 10, someone with ALS does not

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