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    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:

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    • 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.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Neil Lava, MD on March 19, 2015

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