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Old 01-07-2010, 12:54 PM   #1
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fals vs als, triggers, motor neuron disease

My dad has had motor neuron disease for the past about 5 years, he is now unable to walk or use one arm. The doctors are not saying its als yet, just motor neuron disease that could become als. Does anyone know if there's a reason why aren't wanting to say it's als, is it possible its not?
Does anyone think there could be a link between smoking or drinking free radical damage as a trigger for als? As people talk of possible triggers, ie metals, are they speaking of long term exposure or recent exposure?
I also am confused about the sporadic vs genetic als. I have read 90% is sporadic and 10% genetic, but I have also read that only 20% of the genetic or fals can be positive with 80% possibly unknown on a gene not yet discovered. Wouldn't that mean that 80% of the 90% of sporadic could be genetic?

 
Old 01-12-2010, 07:44 AM   #2
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Re: fals vs als, triggers, motor neuron disease

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Originally Posted by lexi1967 View Post
My dad has had motor neuron disease for the past about 5 years, he is now unable to walk or use one arm. The doctors are not saying its als yet, just motor neuron disease that could become als. Does anyone know if there's a reason why aren't wanting to say it's als, is it possible its not?
Does anyone think there could be a link between smoking or drinking free radical damage as a trigger for als? As people talk of possible triggers, ie metals, are they speaking of long term exposure or recent exposure?
I also am confused about the sporadic vs genetic als. I have read 90% is sporadic and 10% genetic, but I have also read that only 20% of the genetic or fals can be positive with 80% possibly unknown on a gene not yet discovered. Wouldn't that mean that 80% of the 90% of sporadic could be genetic?
Hi
My mother was diagnosed with als in june of 09 and has declined greatly since then..She never drank or smoked so i really dont think that they are triggers at all. i have hear that lyme could trigger it but not enough research done to say yes. as far as it being genetic i think out of every 1000 people it might happen to 1.

Keep your head up and love your father

 
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