A number of disorders may mimic ALS; examples include:
- Myasthenia gravis.
- Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome.
- Lyme disease.
- Poliomyelitis and post-poliomyelitis.
- Heavy metal intoxication.
- Kennedy syndrome.
- Adult-onset Tay-Sachs disease.
- Hereditary spastic paraplegia.
What other diseases have the same symptoms as ALS?
Some of these include:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
- Primary Lateral Sclerosis.
- Progressive Muscular Atrophy.
- Progressive Bulbar Palsy.
- Post-Polio Syndrome.
- Kennedy’s Disease.
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
Can als be misdiagnosed?
AUSTIN – Lack of upper motor neuron signs on examination, presence of sensory symptoms, and absence of tongue fasciculations are common causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) misdiagnosis, according to an investigation presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Neuromuscular and
What can mimic MND?
Some diseases of the muscles themselves (rather than with the motor neurones) can mimic motor neurone disease. Benign Fasciculation syndrome, myasthenia gravis or Inclusion Body Myositis are examples of problems with the muscles.
What mimics bulbar ALS?
Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy may simulate bulbar-onset ALS, but in contrast to ALS, it usually involves the muscles of eyelids and extraocular. Because of distal muscle involvement, painless asymmetric weakness, and difficulty swallowing, inclusion body myositis (IBM) may mimic ALS.
What is usually the first sign of ALS?
Gradual onset, generally painless, progressive muscle weakness is the most common initial symptom in ALS. Other early symptoms vary but can include tripping, dropping things, abnormal fatigue of the arms and/or legs, slurred speech, muscle cramps and twitches, and/or uncontrollable periods of laughing or crying.
Do your muscles hurt with ALS?
Unfortunately, there are several reasons that the weakness associated with ALS can cause pain: Weak muscles can cause extra strain on muscles and joints, which often causes pain. Constipation is common in ALS and can be really uncomfortable. Muscle cramps, tightness, or spasms.
How can I test myself for ALS?
Tests to rule out other conditions might include:
- Electromyogram (EMG). Your doctor inserts a needle electrode through your skin into various muscles.
- Nerve conduction study.
- Blood and urine tests.
- Spinal tap (lumbar puncture).
- Muscle biopsy.
Can a pinched nerve mimic ALS?
ALS symptoms usually start with painless weakness developing in a hand or foot and can be mistaken for more common problems, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or a pinched nerve. The muscle weakness slowly gets worse. Other symptoms and signs include: Muscle stiffness and wasting.
Is there a mild form of ALS?
Sporadic ALS is the most common form. It affects up to 95% of people with the disease. Sporadic means it happens sometimes without a clear cause. Familial ALS (FALS) runs in families.