Not all people with ALS experience the same symptoms or the same sequences or patterns of progression. However, progressive muscle weakness and paralysis are universally experienced. Gradual onset, generally painless, progressive muscle weakness is the most common initial symptom in ALS.
When symptoms begin in the arms or legs, it is referred to as “limb onset” ALS/MND. Other individuals first notice changes in voice and speech, spasms in muscles of the jaw, face, voice box, throat and tongue, and inappropriate excessive laughing and crying, all of which suggest “bulbar onset” ALS/MND.
ALS still has no cure. But if it’s diagnosed early, you may be able to treat some symptoms and keep your muscle control a little longer. Early Symptoms. Signs of ALS can appear gradually. You may notice a funny feeling in your hand that makes it harder to grip the steering wheel. Or, you may start to slur your words before any other symptoms show up.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (a-my-o-TROE-fik LAT-ur-ul skluh-ROE-sis), or ALS, is a progressive nervous system (neurological) disease that destroys nerve cells and causes disability. ALS is often called Lou Gehrig's disease, after the famous baseball player who was diagnosed with it.
10 Most Common Symptoms of ALS Summer 2014 saw a mass movement of people raising awareness for ALS. People all over the world were dropping buckets of freezing cold ice water over their heads with a view to raising the profile of the condition, and even celebrities were getting involves.
Early Symptoms of ALS The onset of ALS/MND is often very subtle – these are the initial symptoms to watch for. Read more. Genetic Testing for ALS ALS/MND is hereditary in only 10 percent of families.