Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)

Kyle Weber

What is ALS?

Amyotrophic Laterals Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease is a debilitating neurological disorder that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Origin and Diagnosis

  • ALS starts by misshapen proteins that block nerve fibers, causing these nerve fibers to die
  • Usually starts in the nerves in the feet
  • First sign of ALS is typically paralysis in feet and legs
  • Very difficult to diagnose; no specific test or procedure
  • Electromyogram (EMG) commonly used to detect nerve damage
  • There is no specific treatment; various drugs and devices
  • Physical therapy is most common

Research

  • There is always research going on by different organizations such as the ALS association
  • Life expectancy after diagnosis is about 3-5 years
  • Many people live beyond their expectancy with the right treatment
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