Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
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How is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Detected?
Doctors often miss the earliest signs of ALS, either failing to diagnose the disease entirely or mistaking the symptoms for another problem. The initial sign of ALS is muscle weakness, but the weakness is not always in the same part of the body. The symptoms might also look like those of different, less severe problems such as a pinched nerve or carpal syndrome. Consequently, ALS is difficult to spot early on, even for medical professionals. Early detection is even more unlikely because the disease is relatively uncommon, and most doctors don’t have experience diagnosing it.
Early signs of ALS include:
- Muscle weakness. There is usually no pain associated with the weakness, and the location of the weakness varies from patient to patient. Common areas for the weakness to begin are the hands, feet, arms, and legs. Patients might also have trouble speaking or swallowing early on.
- Muscle cramps
- Uncontrollable muscle twitches
- Falling or tripping
- Difficulty grasping or holding objects
- Fatigue in the extremities
- Slurred speech
- Difficulty swallowing
- Uncontrollable laughing, crying or yawning
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