What Can Als Be Mistaken For?

Is there a mild form of ALS?

Most people with ALS die of respiratory failure within three to five years of the onset of symptoms, though about 10 percent of sufferers live for 10 or more years, according to the NIH.

“There are a lot of cousins of ALS that can exist that are milder,” Bhatt said..

Where does ALS usually start?

ALS often starts in the hands, feet or limbs, and then spreads to other parts of your body. As the disease advances and nerve cells are destroyed, your muscles get weaker. This eventually affects chewing, swallowing, speaking and breathing.

What age does ALS usually start?

Age. Although the disease can strike at any age, symptoms most commonly develop between the ages of 55 and 75. Gender. Men are slightly more likely than women to develop ALS.

How do you rule out ALS?

According to the ALS Therapy Development Institute, doctors assess a patient’s physical symptoms, along with taking simple blood and urine tests and a spinal tap. These two tests will allow doctors to see if the motor nerves are still working correctly or if they’ve degenerated.

What can mimic ALS?

A number of disorders may mimic ALS; examples include:Myasthenia gravis.Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome.Lyme disease.Poliomyelitis and post-poliomyelitis.Heavy metal intoxication.Kennedy syndrome.Adult-onset Tay-Sachs disease.Hereditary spastic paraplegia.More items…

Can motor neurone disease be misdiagnosed?

The misdiagnosis of MND (particularly of the ALS phenotype), is uncommon. Atypical presentations, particularly of focal onset and with pure LMN or UMN signs, present a more difficult diagnostic challenge, although perhaps reassuringly, treatable mimics are rare.

How do I know if I have MS or ALS?

Both conditions cause scarring or hardening around nerve cells called sclerosis, but the difference lies in the way sclerosis occurs. In early stages, several symptoms of ALS and MS can be similar, like muscle stiffness, muscle spasms, difficulty walking, and fatigue.

What was your first ALS symptom?

Typical early symptoms include tripping and falling; painless weakness in the legs, feet (also called foot drop), or ankles; hand weakness; slurred speech or trouble swallowing; muscle twitching or cramps in the arms, shoulders, or tongue; and difficulty holding the head up or maintaining good posture.

What are the 3 types of ALS?

Causes and Types of ALSSporadic ALS.Familial ALS.Guamanian ALS.