Symptoms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Symptoms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Everyone inside and outside Egypt witnessed Momen Zakaria’s talent and career which was ended by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Physicians also called it Lou Gehrig’s disease and define it as an uncommon neurological disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Because of the responsibility of these nerve cells on voluntary muscle movements, this disease leads to the loss of movements muscles control. Besides, symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis have no cure and get worse over time.
Every year, 5000 persons all over the world are affected by ALS symptoms. In these cases, muscles cannot receive messages from the brain anymore.
Early signs of ALS:
– Frequent tumbling while walking or running.
– Difficulty walking in a straight line.
– Difficulty in holding things and doing simple tasks by hand.
It- Becoming hard to hold your head up.
– Speech and swallowing problems.
– Cramps in the muscles.
– Weakness and fatigue.
– Muscles weakness in arms, legs, shoulders, neck, and tongue.
– Muscle stiffness and twitches.
– Impairment in using arms and legs muscles.
– Shortness of breath.
– Difficulty in walking, chewing, swallowing, talking, and projecting the voice.
– Loss of mass muscles.
– The increasing rate of calorie-burning leads to weight loss and malnutrition.
– Depression and anxiety.
Not all cases of ALS experience the same signs as these symptoms vary from person to person, especially at the first stage. But after disease progression, they all have muscle weakness, paralysis, and difficulty in breathing that lead to death.
To sum up, symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis can vary from early symptoms at the first stage such as problems in speaking, swallowing, walking, and doing simple tasks to advanced symptoms in the late stages that lead to death.
So that, if you notice any of these symptoms, you should go to the healthcare provider to do the examination and confirm the diagnosis.