Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Dr. Ramesh Bhardwaj D.H.M.S  •  Dr. Puja Bhadel Bhardwaj  M.D.

  

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the most common degenerative disease of the motor neuron system. 


Alternative Names
Lou Gehrig`s disease; ALS; Upper and lower motor neuron disease; Motor neuron disease



Causes:
In about 10% of cases, ALS is caused by a genetic defect. In other cases, the cause is unknown.
In ALS, nerve cells (neurons) die, and can no longer send messages to muscles. This eventually leads to muscle weakening, twitching, and an inability to move the arms, legs, and body. The condition slowly gets worse. When the muscles in the chest area stop working, it becomes hard or impossible to breathe on one`s own.



Symptoms:

•Difficulty breathing
•Difficulty swallowing
•Head drop due to weak spinal and neck muscles
•Muscle cramps
•Muscle weakness that slowly gets worse
•Commonly involves one part of the body first, such as the arm or hand
•Eventually leads to difficulty lifting, climbing stairs, and walking
•Paralysis
•Speech problems, such as a slow or abnormal speech pattern
•Voice changes, hoarseness


Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:
•Drooling
•Muscle contractions
•Muscle spasms
•Ankle, feet, and leg swelling
•Weight loss



Investigations:-
•Electromyogram. 
•Nerve conduction study. 
•MRI. 
•Blood and urine tests. 
•Muscle biopsy. 




Homoeopathic Treatment:-
Homoeopathic medicines have been very beneficial in ALS. Very good results can be obtained, where the quality of life have been improved tremendously. Fasciculation, Muscular coordination in spasticity has been restored in general patients have been able to get up and move about also after the Homoeopathic treatment. Homoeopathic medicine is strongly recumbent for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ALS.