2nd October 2019

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What is the most common cause of death in ALS?

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) The most common cause of death among ALS patients is respiratory failure, which occurs when nerve damage eventually affects the muscles that control breathing. The average survival time after being diagnosed with ALS is three to five years (ALSA 2012).

Herein, what are the early signs of ALS?

Early signs and symptoms of ALS include:
  • Difficulty walking or doing your normal daily activities.
  • Tripping and falling.
  • Weakness in your leg, feet or ankles.
  • Hand weakness or clumsiness.
  • Slurred speech or trouble swallowing.
  • Muscle cramps and twitching in your arms, shoulders and tongue.