Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurological disease that involves the nerve cells (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscle movement that include chewing, walking, breathing and talking. The symptoms get worse with time currently there is no cure for ALS and no effective treatment to halt, or reverse, the progression of the disease.
Messages from motor neurons in the brain are transmitted to motor neurons in the spinal cord and to motor nuclei of the brain and from there on to a particular muscle or muscles of the body. In ALS, both the upper motor neurons and low motor neurons degenerate or die, and stop sending messages to the muscles.
People suffering from ALS die from respiratory failure, usually within 3 to 5 years from when the symptoms first appear. However, about 10 percent of people with ALS survive for 10 or more years. ALS is a common neuromuscular disease worldwide.
Potential risk factors for ALS include symptoms develop between the age of 55 and 75. Women are more likely to develop ALS than men. Studies suggest that military veterans are about 1.5 to 2 times more likely to develop ALS. It could be because they are exposed to lead, pesticides and other environmental toxins. The early onset of ALS can be very subtle that the symptoms can be overlooked. These symptoms gradually develop into a more obvious weakness. Some of early symptoms include muscle cramps, slurred nasal speech and difficulty in chewing or swallowing. People with ALS retain their ability to perform higher mental processes such as reasoning, remembering, understanding, and problem solving. They suffer from progressive loss of function that leads to depression and anxiety. There is also growing evidence that they develop a form of dementia over time.
ALS cases are sporadic that means they occur at random with no clear association with risk factors and no family history of the disease. Family members suffering from ALS are at an increased risk of the disease however the overall risk is very low and mostly not many develop ALS. ALS is diagnosed through a series of tests however primarily the diagnosis is based on detailed history of the symptoms and signs observed by a physician during physical examination.
There is no cure for ALS however there are treatments available that can control symptoms, prevent unnecessary complications and make living with this disease easier. Health care professionals such as nutritionists, social workers, respiratory therapists and clinical psychologists provide supportive care that helps people manage symptoms.
We, at Sadhna Wellness treat ALS with various possible treatments. You should call for us for an appointment to discuss how you can manage a disease like ALS.
Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and deteriorate with time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Alzheimer’s has been associated with old age and the majority of people who suffer from this disease are of age 65 and older. This is a progressive disease that may worsen over time. In the early year the memory loss is mild but as the age progresses it becomes worse. People lose the ability to carry on conversations and it effects their day to day life.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth largest cause of death in the United States. Those who suffer from Alzheimer’s tend to live on average for seven to eight years after diagnosis. The survival of the disease then ranges from four to twenty years.
Alzheimer’s has no cure but early diagnosis and treatment for symptoms can help in slowing down the progression of the disease. It can improve the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Today, there is a worldwide research under way to find better ways to cure this disease. Delaying the diagnosis of an early onset only makes matters worse.
Early symptoms of Alzheimer’s are most commonly mentioned as difficulty remembering newly learned information. Just like the rest of our bodies, our brain tends to age as well hence the changes. Most of us eventually notice some slowed thinking and occasional problems with remembering things. Over the time it tends to get worse and it leads to serious memory loss, confusion and other major changes in the way our mind works. The increasingly severe symptoms include: disorientation, mood and behavior changes, deepening confusion about events, time and place. Signs of dementia are extremely obvious in this disease anyone that experiences dementia-like symptoms should see a doctor as soon as possible. According to scientists Alzheimer’s diseases prevents the brain from running at the same pace it normally runs at. It prevents the cell’s factory from functioning well. They are not sure why and how the trouble starts but it tends to break down the cell factory, backup and interrupts the areas that store information. As the damage tends to spread, cells lose their ability to function and eventually fall apart causing irreversible changes in the brain.
Doctors over the years have been trying to uncover as many aspects as possible related to dementia. Ninety person of what we know has been discovered in the last 20 years. I hope the research continues and there are better treatments in the future.
Our doctors at Sadhna Wellness will be happy to assist you on how you can manage Alzheimer’s. Book an appointment with us today to find out more!
Among the frequent phrases heard in the day “I’m so tired” is the most common. It may seem normal to a lay-man but to a doctor this could be because of multiple reasons. Being tired all the time could also be a symptom for many diseases. So the phrase “I’m so tired” should not be taken satirically however should be taken seriously.
Fatigue is described as lack of energy and motivation. People mostly confuse drowsiness with fatigue. Drowsiness refers to lack of sleep or need for sleep. Chronic fatigue syndrome has been linked with 17 immune-system signaling proteins, or cytokines. The severity of the disease is linked with their concentration in the blood.
Going to a general physician for a complete and thorough check-up is the key to help making the underlying diagnosis of the cause for the symptom of fatigue. The symptom has a gradual onset and the person may not be aware of the amount of energy they have lost. Person may force him or her to work and finish tasks presuming fatigue could be due to aging. While it is true that depression and aging can lead to psychiatric issues which are one of the reasons for fatigue however there is no underlying physical illness that can be the underlying cause. Individuals that suffer from fatigue mention lack of motivation, being tired and difficulty concentrating. Fatigue that lasts for at least six months or more is known as chronic fatigue.
In about a third of patients the cause is not found and the diagnosis is not known. According to researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine further understanding of this condition can be used to improve the diagnosis and treatment of the disorder. The symptoms of fatigue resemble those of other condition, its important to first identify symptoms and self-diagnose before visiting a doctor. Each person that suffers from fatigue may benefit from other different types of treatment aimed at managing the disease. The most important of it all is to change your lifestyle and limiting the intake of caffeine, which will help you in sleeping, better furthermore pace yourself during activities. Overexertion can also make the symptoms worse.
Fatigue continues to be a poorly diagnosed disease that can be treated through therapy and making some major lifestyle changes. It is important to work with a doctor to understand what treatment might work well for you.
Sadhna Wellness has the right expertise to manage symptoms of a condition like fatigue. Call in for an appointment to speak to us more on how you can deal fatigue.
Over 10 million Americans suffer from chronic headaches or migraines, with up to 60 percent of women’s headaches associated with hormonal imbalance. Fortunately, the Sadhna Center offers chronic headache treatment with hormonal optimization.
In multiple sclerosis (MS), damage to the myelin coating around the nerve fibers in the central nervous system (CNS) and to the nerve fibers themselves interferes with the transmission of nerve signals between the brain, spinal cord and the rest of the body. Disrupted nerve signals cause the symptoms of MS, which vary from one person to another and over time for any given individual, depending on where and when the damage occurs.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system that affects movement. It develops gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. But while a tremor may be the most well-known sign of Parkinson’s disease, the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement.
The objectives of rehabilitation after an individual has sustained an acute spinal cord injury (SCI) include maximizing the patient’s medical, functional, and psychosocial outcomes. Functional outcomes are strongly associated with the neurological level of the individual’s SCI. Providing education to the patient and his/her family is also essential. Rehabilitation should begin as soon as possible after injury in order to optimize outcomes and reduce complications.
Your functional rehabilitation program begins with an extension evaluation of how you move, where our doctors look for muscle imbalances and movement dysfunctions. Our doctors then create a personalized rehabilitation program designed to bridge the gap between pain care and the activities you want to perform. Your goals are our goals, our job is to help you improve your performance (whether in life or sports) and reduce your risk of future injury while you achieve your goals.
Stroke is one of the leading causes of long-term adult disability, affecting approximately 795,000 people each year in the U.S. The very word “stroke” indicates that no one is ever prepared for this sudden, often catastrophic event. Stroke survivors and their families can find workable solutions to most difficult situations by approaching every problem with patience, ingenuity, perseverance and creativity. Early recovery and rehabilitation can improve functions and sometimes remarkable recoveries for someone who suffered a stroke