The difference between ALS and MS

 ALS

AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS)

ALS is a form of motor neuron disease. It involves the loss of the actual motor nerve cells. The nerves affected are in the spinal cord and those that travel to the voluntary muscles, so there are symptoms of both central and peripheral involvement, with weakness and wasting in arms, legs, and mouth/throat (bulbar). ALS is a rapidly progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS)

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable – at times disabling – disease of the central nervous system: which consists of the brain and the spinal cord. The disease attacks the protective myelin covering of the central nervous system, causing inflammation and often destroying the myelin in patches. The severity of MS, rate of progression, and specific symptoms cannot be predicted at the time of diagnosis.

ALS MS

Further reading:

http://www.alsa.org

http://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS

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About Willeke

Neurologically challenged by MS and personally by her will to succeed, Willeke is a disability awareness advocate seeking to improve neurological/MS services in Ireland. By highlighting difficult issues that come with such a diagnosis, she hopes her tenacity can bring some dignity to people most in need of a modern, inclusive healthcare system that looks after every aspect of life.

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6 Comments

  1. CommsG says:

    thanks Willeke, I have been so afraid lately that my MS was actually ALS. Does anybody ever get an internal ‘vibrating’, kind of like your body is a tuning fork? it’s a permanent sensation that never goes away for me but nobody else that I have met has experienced it!

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