Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ALS affects the neurons in your brain and spinal cord

A disease of the nervous system known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis ALS affects the neurons in your brain and spinal cord. Your voluntary muscles, or those you can control, including those in your arms and legs, receive signals from your brain and spinal cord through these neurons. This first results in minor muscle issues. Some individuals note:

  • Difficulty running or walking
  • Writing difficulties 
  • Speech issues

You eventually run out of energy and become immobile. You cannot breathe if your chest muscles weaken. A breathing machine can be helpful, but respiratory failure is the main cause of death for ALS patients.

Typically, the disease develops between the ages of 40 and 60. It affects more men than women. Nobody is aware of what causes ALS. While it can run in families, it typically happens at random. No treatment exists. Medicines have the power to treat symptoms and, occasionally, even extend life.