What Are the Symptoms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?

Q:
What are the symptoms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis?

A:
Early signs and symptoms of ALS include:

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

ALS doesn’t usually affect your bowel or bladder control, your senses or your thinking ability. It often starts in the hands, feet or limbs, and then spreads to other parts of your body. As the disease advances and nerve cells are destroyed, your muscles progressively weaken. This eventually affects chewing, swallowing, speaking and breathing.

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