ALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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ALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

-Difficulty breathing -Difficulty swallowing-Muscle Cramps-Head drop to weakness of the neck muscles -Muscle contrations-Muscle weakness -Paralysis -Speech problems -Voice changes-Weight loss

If I were to take care of a person with ALS, I would make sure to keep with them through every step. Help with ambulations, and change in position. They will lose control of breathing and swallowing, with that changing their diets to liquids or even thickened liquids. Help to dress them, ADLS and such. Caring for them as if they were a normal patient or resident who needed help.

ALS; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

ALS is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

1 out of 10 cases are due to a genetic defect. The others is an unknown cause. There are no known risk factors, except for having a family member who has a hereditary form of the disease.


Prescription Treatment:Baclofen, Tizanidine (Zanaflex), Riluzole (Rilutek)

•Difficulty walking, tripping or difficulty doing your normal daily activities•Weakness in your leg, feet or ankles•Hand weakness or clumsiness•Slurring of speech or trouble swallowing•Muscle cramps and twitching in your arms, shoulders and tongue•Difficulty holding your head up or keeping a good posture


~Nerve conduction study ~Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)~Blood and urine tests~Spinal tap (lumbar puncture)~Muscle biopsy~Electromyogram (EMG)

Tests and Diagnosis


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