Importance Of Diet In ALS Patients

Up to this day, there is no definitive treatment found yet for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).  What causes the disease is not known also, but the symptoms of progressive muscle wasting are very evident.   The person suffers from speech and swallowing difficulties, problems with mobility and trouble breathing.  With the worsening of symptoms and discomfort in eating, doctors orient caregivers on the importance of the kinds of food they should give the patient.

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What An ALS Caregiver Needs To Know

A Background On ALS

ALS, short for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a progressive disease that is neurologic in origin. Often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, it is characterized by an attack on the neurons in the brain that are responsible for the control of voluntary muscles. ALS is one of the motor neuron diseases where the brain and spinal cord cells are progressively damaged and then die, causing an individual to lose voluntary muscular movement. This leads to debilitating signs such as twitching and muscle atrophy, among others.

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When Your Partner Has ALS (How Do You Live With Him)

When you learn that your partner has been diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, most women attest that it felt as if there was a third-party involvement. Chronic diseases completely change a couple’s dynamic. Both partners need to restructure their lives around the disease that is going to undoubtedly modify the way they run the house, make love, their work habits, how they spend their free time, and how they communicate.

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The Impact Of ALS On Sex And Intimacy

Just as physical and mental health is important to us, our sexual health is also as vital to keeping our marriage with our partner strong and intact. Having normal sexual function is not only crucial for partners but also for one’s own self-worth as well. Although sexuality is often linked with the idea of only physical sex, it is actually more than that.

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A Brief Background On Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

ALS Defined

When someone is diagnosed with ALS, short for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, it can be such a devastating event in his life. Devastation is actually a normal emotion since one can never really expect what will happen next.

 

ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a condition that primarily affects a person’s motor neurons. Motor neurons are nerves that pass through the brain and spinal cord that send impulses to one’s muscles to command movement, speech, breathing, and other motor activities. Now, you can just imagine what would happen if these motor neurons were damaged. Consequently, one will have difficulty doing those activities, including so many more, when he is afflicted with ALS.

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Living With ALS And Its Effects on One’s Physical And Emotional Well Being

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease characterized by progressive muscle wasting due to the damage of one’s motor neurons. Progressive meaning that it continues on from the time it manifested until one’s death, which is predominantly five years. This disease also referred to as the Lou Gehrig’s disease is incurable.

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