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ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
Lou Gehrig's Disease
in the popular language as Lou Gehrig's disease (for
the baseball player who had the disease), ALS, is a
disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal
cord that control voluntary muscle movement. (the
heart and digestive system are involuntary nervous
system and thus not involved)
"A" means no.
"Myo" refers to muscle, and "Trophic"
means negative reaction to a stimulus
go from the brain to the spinal cord and from the
spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.
As motor neurons degenerate, they can no longer send
impulses to the muscle fibers that normally result in
muscle movement. Muscle control is lost.
a muscle cannot be used, it
"atrophies" or wastes
leads to muscle weakening, twitching, and an inability
to move the arms, legs, and body. The condition slowly
gets worse. When the muscles in the chest area stop
working, it becomes hard or impossible to breathe on
identifies the areas in a person's spinal cord where
the nerve cells that signal and control the muscles
are located. As this area degenerates it leads to
scarring or hardening ("sclerosis") in the
In about 10% of cases, ALS is
thought to be caused by a genetic
defect. In the remaining cases, the cause is unknown
to medical science.
Early symptoms of ALS include increasing
muscle weakness, especially involving the arms and
legs. Twitching, cramping or stiffness may
be present in the affected muscles.
Slurred or nasal speech.
Difficulty swallowing or breathing.
The parts of the body affected by early symptoms of
ALS depend on which muscles in the body are damaged
When muscles are no longer receiving the messages
from the motor neurons that they require to function,
the muscles begin to atrophy (become smaller). Limbs
begin to look "thinner" as muscle tissue
What to do:
doesn't understand the cause and thus has no cure, but does use a drug
that tries to
slow down the process.
is an article from 2010 saying they are unsure if Lou
Gehrig actually had Lou
Some Relief from the Symptoms - Here is a
success from a person with ALS
"I have ALS. I am progressed to the point of no movement other than my face. From this disease I have gotten drop foot. From that pulling brought pain. I also I wanted to take something to support my nerves. Since taking Nerve Support
Formula the pain and achey feeling has subsided. I take six a day.
Thank you Jen Cassin
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