Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or as most people call it, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive, and fatal neurological disease that attacks neurons that are specialized in controlling voluntary muscles. Motor neurons located in the brain, brain stem, and spinal cord perform necessary communication links between the nervous system and the voluntary muscles. All motor neurons in the body degenerate or die causing messages to not send to the muscles. This means, muscles weaken causing a wide variety of disabilities. Early symptoms are cramps, tight and stiff muscles, and muscle weakness in the leg, arm, or even the jaw causing slurred speech and difficulty chewing and swallowing. The most common symptoms we first see is usually in the
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