Urgent Care Reports: The Early Warning Signs Of ALS
There are many diseases which bring devastation to patients all around the globe and the owners of CareXpress Urgent Care understand that recognizing these conditions is important as you may be someone at the early stages of having something you don’t even know about! One of these slow progressing diseases is called Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The ALS association is recognizing May as ALS awareness month and we’re here to share a bit more about the early signs of ALS.
If your muscles feel achy and you’re continuously visiting an urgent care for the same reason it could be a sign of something more going on with your body. The earliest signs of ALS generally include complaints about the following symptoms:
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle twitches (fasciculations)
- Cramps and/or tight and stiff muscles (spasticity)
- Muscle loss and/or atrophy
- Slurred and nasal speech
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
- Excessive choking
- Excessive shortness of breath
- Unintended weight loss
- Hand or leg weakness
- Problems with balance or walking
Unfortunately, as the early signs of ALS are so closely related to various other illnesses, it may not be enough to detect the problem simply by visiting an urgent care or even your primary care physician. As problems escalate to greater weakness, atrophy, or an inability to properly move limbs then it will become more obvious.
Most of the time, as studies have shown, the most common areas of impact include the hands, arm, or one of the legs. Many patients will have great difficulty with the simple tasks they once could manage which would normally involve straightening and bending the limb in question. The onset of ALS can even affect the sound of a patient’s voice and speech patterns. Furthermore, spasms in the jaw muscles, face, voice box, throat, and tongue are common.
As of right now, there is only one approved US FDA approved drug (Riluzole) for ALS which only extends the survival rate and at this time there are no cures. To learn more about this disease, you may click here.
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