ALS Treatment Online

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, known commonly as ALS, is a progressive, neurological disease that affects the nerves that control muscles.

ALS

ALS symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty with coordination
  • Muscle spasms
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Cognitive impairment
  • And more.

Diagnosing and Treating ALS Online

ALS is a progressive disease meaning it worsens over time. The disease affects nerve cells that send messages from the brain to the spine to the muscles, also known as motor neurons. As these nerves deteriorate, the muscles begin to weaken until they no longer function.

There are two predominant forms of the disease, sporadic ALS and familial ALS. Sporadic ALS, which is the more common form of the condition, can affect anyone, while Familial ALS refers to cases in which the disease is inherited.

Although it’s unclear what causes ALS, current possible causes include gene mutation, chemical imbalance, disorganized immune response, and protein mishandling. Complications of the disease include breathing problems, speaking problems, difficulty eating, and dementia.

During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to ALS. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if this is needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for ALS is different depending on the severity.

Options for treatment of ALS may include:

  • Riluzole
  • Edaravone

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Got Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1‑844‑SEE‑DOCS for questions about our services or to speak to a doctor about your symptoms or conditions.

  • What is the age of onset for ALS?

    People most often develop ALS between the ages of 40 and 70, but there are still cases of the disease developing in people who are in their 20's and 30's. The average age for diagnosis is 55.

  • Do ALS symptoms come and go?

    ALS symptoms are progressive meaning the symptoms get worse over time and often develop very quickly. That said there are some cases in which symptoms, such as difficulty swallowing, can get better for a period of time.

  • What are early symptoms of ALS?

    Early signs of ALS can include difficulty walking, tripping and falling, hand weakness, slurred speech, trouble swallowing, difficulty keeping good posture, or muscle cramps.

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