Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
What is ALS
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. When nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord die and do not send chemical signals to the muscles, the muscles can not be controlled. In simpler terms ALS is the wasting away of muscles in the body.
Lou Gehrig's Symptoms
These are the symptoms of ALS in order of which they appear:
⅓ patients first notice when hands become clumsy and have difficuly performing fine tasks
⅓ notice weakness in legs and often trip over things
⅓ notice slowing of speech or difficulty
Tight or stiff muscles spastically
weakness in the extremities
Total muscle failure
ALS does not affect, logical thought, intellagence, touch, taste, smell, hearing or sight eye movments; involuntary muscles of the heart, bowel, or bladder; or sexual function
What causes ALS
Treatment for Lou Gehrig's
General support therapy such as assisting muscle function and providing nourishment or devices such as,
-computers that speak due to movement of eyes
help maintain independence in a person with ALS.
From diagnosis a person with ALS lives for about 2-5 years, it all depends on the person. The longest case has been up to 10 years.
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