What is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?

What is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive disease which causes muscles to waste away to weaken, and twitch. There is no cure, but symptoms can improve and extend an individual’s wellbeing.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a member of a group of disorders known. ALS, also called Lou Gehrig’s disorder, is a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disorder. This disease attacks the nerve cells accountable for controlling voluntary muscles.

Effects of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Motor neurons are neural cells based in their brain, brainstem, and spinal cord. These nerve cells serve as units and provide the muscles of the body and communication links between the nerve system.
Motor neurons in the brain sent a message to motor neurons in the spinal cord. From here, they transmit to particular muscles.

In amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, both their upper motor neurons and their lower motor neurons degenerate or die, ceasing to send messages. Unable to function, the muscles progressively weaken, waste away, and twitch. They lost the capacity of the brain to being and control voluntary movements.

What does not affect amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Since only motor neurons affect, the disease does not impair an individual’s: head, personality, intelligence or memory. Nor does it affect an individual’s capability to: view, smell, taste, hear or touch. So, individuals with this condition usually maintain control of eye, muscles, urinary bladder and bowel functions.

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