Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 1

Overview

How do I know if I have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) can be difficult to diagnose because early signs and symptoms can look like other disorders that affect the nerves and muscles. Most people with ALS initially notice weakness in their hands and legs, slurred or unclear speech, trouble swallowing and muscle problems (twitching, cramping, stiffness or weakness). Your doctor can order tests, including a neurological examination and studies of the nerves and muscles, to rule out other conditions and confirm a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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