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Lou Gehrig’s disease eventually affects total body movement, as well as speech, swallowing and breathing. ALS ultimately results in a total body paralysis, inability to speak, inability to eat or drink by mouth, and inability to breathe unassisted. Finally there is simply an inability to breathe.
It’s impossible to detail all the benefits of private insurance providers, but Social Security assistance is something every ALS family should investigate.
Although the life expectancy of an ALS patient averages about 2-5 years from the time of diagnosis, this disease is variable and many people live with quality for 5 years and more.
The financial burdens to families of persons with ALS is exceedingly high. There can be significant costs for medical care, equipment, and home health caregiving later as the disease progresses. In the advanced stages, care can cost up to $200,000 a year. This does not include any alterations made to the patient family’s home to accommodate a wheel chair, or a special needs van essential for patient transportation.
Fact: The relationship between ALS and head trauma is still being investigated
Recent studies suggest that there are other disorders brought on by concussion-like trauma that can erode the central nervous system in similar ways as ALS.
The studies involve former football players, boxers, and military veterans who have received diagnoses of ALS at rates significantly higher [...]
There are three general classifications of ALS. Sporadic is the most common, familial ALS (FALS), and Guamanian. There is also a rare form called juvenile ALS, which well-known physicist Stephen Hawking was diagnosed with at age 21.
ALS can strike anyone. Lou Gehrig’s disease occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic or socioeconomic boundaries.
In 90–95% of all ALS cases, the disease occurs at random with no clearly associated risk factors. These patients have no family history of the disease, and their family members are not considered to be at increased risk for developing ALS.
ALS is actually more common than other better known diseases. Incidence of ALS is 5x higher than Huntington’s disease and about equal to multiple sclerosis.
Here is a list of other diseases and conditions that mimic ALS.