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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

This is also known as ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, or motor neuron disease. This is a progressive, degenerative condition that affects the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord, resulting in loss of muscle control, eventually leading to difficulty eating, breathing and speaking. The exact cause is unknown. It could be due to genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.

Symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

  • Recent weight loss

  • Difficulty pronouncing words

  • Weakness in arms or legs

  • Slurred speech

  • Difficulty standing up from sitting position

  • Difficulty swallowing food or water

  • Tongue pain

Questions your doctor may ask to check for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

  • Have you lost weight recently?

  • Do you have difficulty pronouncing words properly?

  • Do you feel any weakness in your arms or legs?

  • Do you have slurred speech?

  • Do you have difficulty in getting up from a chair on your own?

Treatment for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

There is no cure for ALS. Medications can reduce the severity of symptoms and slow progression of symptoms. Physical, occupational and/or speech therapy can help improve quality of life.

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