Symptoms And Symptoms Of A Lateral Sclerosis ( Als ) And Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy ( Cte )

1290 Words Oct 19th, 2015 6 Pages
Whenever we are sick, we go to the doctor in hope of getting answers and a cure but what if there is no cure to your disease. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) are two horrible progressive degenerative disease. ALS is a nervous system disease that causes muscle weakness and impacts all physical functions except the brain. Therefore, the individual is well aware of how his or her body is deteriorating. CTE on the other hand affects the brain, not the body, so those who suffer from it may say or do things they would normally not do such as physically harming a loved one. Medical research shows that both diseases are caused by brain injuries such as brain trauma and concussions. Head trauma, which is any damage to the brain, skull, or scalp. Another type of brain injury is concussion, which occurs when the brain is shaken against the skull. ALS and CTE can be prevented if sports was banned altogether because brain injuries inevitable in sports.
ALS causes nerve cells to gradually break down and die, which causes the person to lose the ability to make movements, talk, and even breathe. Symptoms of ALS include muscle weakness, muscle spasms, weight loss, and difficulty in breathing, eating, and swallowing. ALS is difficult to diagnose at an early stage since the symptoms are very similar to other diseases. In order to diagnose patients with ALS, physicians must first perform several tests to rule out other conditions. ALS is caused by…

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