Understanding ALS -- Symptoms
What Are the Symptoms of ALS?
In the early stages, the symptoms of ALS -- also called Lou Gehrig's disease -- include:
- Increasing weakness in one limb, especially in a hand
- Difficulty walking.
- Clumsiness of the hands.
- Fasciculations, which are subtle, light twitches under the skin
- Impaired speech
- Difficulty swallowing
As the ALS progresses, symptoms may include:
- Weakening of other limbs, perhaps accompanied by twitching, muscle cramping, and exaggerated, faster reflexes
- Problems with chewing, swallowing, and breathing; drooling may occur.
- Eventual paralysis
Call Your Doctor About ALS If:
You have any of the above symptoms; ALS requires professional medical care.