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13 Symptoms of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) – Lou Gehrig Disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is also called Lou Gehrig’s disease, and it is a progressive disease that affects the nerve cells and muscle movement. Being a progressive disease, it starts with some early symptoms before graduating into more severe and advanced symptoms. When ALS sets in, the brain cells that impact muscle movement are affected, and the symptoms will be manifested in an inability to control certain parts of the body well enough. ALS has no cure, but it can still be better managed if it is discovered early enough; this is why it is essential to see a doctor whenever you begin to notice some strange symptoms in your body. Some of the symptoms of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are discussed below.

Weakness in Hands and Legs

This is usually the first sign of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis even though people experience different symptoms at different stages of ALS. This kind of weakness may not be sudden. Instead, it may set in gradually, and you find out that you are not able to use your hands and legs as intensely as you used to. If you start experiencing difficulty with things like writing, walking, buttoning your shirt, and other simple things you do with your hands and legs; it might be an early symptom of ALS. [1]