ALS is a condition that often only occurs very quietly. It can simply feel like you have some weakness in your hands or in your feet. People with ALS struggle with their movement. ALS damages the brain cells that are responsible for a person’s movement.
ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It also goes by a much more common name. It’s typically called “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” after the famous baseball player was diagnosed with ALS in the early 1900s. ALS weakens muscles and eventually the diaphragm. Without the diaphragm to push the lungs into breathing, ALS ends up being fatal. There’s no cure for ALS, but when it’s diagnosed early, people can start treatment plans earlier. This can give a person an advantage in maintaining their body.