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Hi, a dear family friend is newly diagnosed with ALS. What is this condition like? If anyone has some experience about it to share I would appreciate it.

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ALS is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, a motor neuron disease. It’s cause is not completely understood, but researches are carried out world wide bringing us more information. The course of the disease goes like this muscle weakness in hands, arms, legs or the muscles of speech, swallowing or breathing, twitching and cramping of muscles in the hands and feet, dysfunction in use of arms and legs, speech difficulties and in later stages shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing and swallowing. Muscle weakness is a major symptom characteristic for this disease. Early symptoms vary but generally include tripping, dropping things, frequent fatigue of the arms and legs, speech problems, muscle cramps and twitches. Expected life with disease is three to five years, but many people live longer five, ten or even more years.
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