Summer 2014 saw a mass movement of people raising awareness for ALS. People all over the world were dropping buckets of freezing cold ice water over their heads with a view to raising the profile of the condition, and even celebrities were getting involves. But what is ALS?
ALS stands for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This condition is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that ultimately damages the nerve cells in both the spinal cord and the brain, meaning that over time, an individual loses their ability to control their body. Over many years the condition gets worse, and there are lots of symptoms that come with it.
Here are the 10 most common symptoms that people with ALS experience.
One of the first signs that you might have ALS will be twitching. The twitching occurs as a result of cells in the spinal cord and the brain not being able to transmit signals properly, resulting in some parts of the body beginning to twitch.