Question by  gonk (13)

What are the symptoms of als?

I need a listing of the symptoms of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease.


Answer by  ktt (355)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), aka Lou Gehrig's Disease, results in muscle atrophy, so symptoms are related to decreased muscle functioning and muscle weakness. Early symptoms of ALS include slurred speech, difficulty chewing/swallowing, and muscle malfuntions such as twitching, cramping, stiffness, and weakness. Increased weakness generally leads to medical attention and subsequent diagnosis.


Answer by  dhuoda (1431)

The early stages show no symptoms. The first thing a person notices is usually weakness in the limbs, and sometimes stiffening and cramps in these limbs. Speech can be affected. This is followed by some swallowing difficulty and then the disease progresses to affect more muscles in the body.


Answer by  jsmith (2067)

twitching and cramping of muscles (usually in feet and hands first), slurred speech, muscle weakness in peripheral muscles, trouble swallowing, trouble coordinating muscle movements, trouble breathing in the later stages

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