ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease ( baseball’s “Iron Horse”), is a progressive neurogenerative disease impacting the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord. When these motor neurons die, the brain’s ability to initiate and control those muscles are lost. Two types of ALS are:

  1. Sporadic- most common form
  2. Familial-the disease is inherited

The Mayo Clinic cites these early signs of ALS:

  1. Difficulty walking or doing your normal daily activities
  2. Tripping and falling
  3. Weakness in your leg, feet or ankles
  4. Hand weakness or clumsiness
  5. Slurred speech or trouble swallowing
  6. Muscle cramps and twitching in your arms, shoulders and tongue
  7. Difficulty holding your head up or keeping good posture

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