What Is ALS?1,2
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a disease that affects parts of the nervous system that control voluntary muscle movements (the muscles that people move at will, like those of the arms and legs).
As ALS progresses, it may even affect muscles that control breathing, as well as chewing and swallowing food.
Currently, there is no cure for ALS. However, it's important to ask your healthcare provider(s) about treatment options.
How Does ALS Affect the Body?1
Over time, the brain loses its ability to initiate and control certain muscle movements, resulting in progressive weakness and paralysis. People living with ALS may eventually need assistance with speaking, eating, and breathing on their own.
ALS Can Affect Anyone
What Causes ALS?
- Familial ALS
- Affects: 5% to 10% of patients
- Cause: Hereditary
- Sporadic ALS
- Affects: 90% to 95% of patients
- Cause: Unknown
ALS Symptoms Affect Everyone Differently
Knowing which parts of your body are affected by ALS can help you and your healthcare provider(s) better understand how ALS will impact you moving forward.
The number and degree of symptoms typically increase as the disease gets worse. At later stages of the disease, people may become incapable of movement and rely on caregivers for complete assistance.6
A sharp and alert mind
Their sight, touch, taste, hearing, and smell
Control of eye muscles, bladder, and bowel functions
How to Track ALS
Several clinical measures have been developed to monitor your ALS. Some of these include
The most well-known questionnaire is called the ALS Functional Rating Scale-Revised (ALSFRS-R).