Lou Gehrig's Disease

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Lou Gehrig's Disease

.Muscle twitching which eventually leads to weakness. Muscle weakness involves the hands, arms, legs, and muscles of speech.

Lou Gehrig's disease, otherwise known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease that occurs when muscles lose their nourishment and eventually get smaller and weaker. The nerves that nourish the muscles are located on the side of the spinal cord, so that is where this disease is located.

There is no known treatment for Lou Gehrig's disease, but physical and speech therapy is done to reduce the severity of the effects and symptoms.

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What is it?

The cause for Lou Gehrig's disease is unknown.

Causes

Lou Gehrig's Disease

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There is no known cause for Lou Gehrig's disease. There is also no known prevention.

Symptoms

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How It's Diagnosed

History is checked and a physical exam is done. There is no specifc test for Lou Gehrig's disease. It is diagnosed by ruling out other causes of the symptoms at hand. Some tests used to help rule options out are blood and urine studies, MRI analysis, and complete blood counts (CBC.)

The nerves that effect the muscles are located at the sides of the spinal cord where the disease is located. It causes problems swallowing, breathing, and slurring speech.

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