ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)

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What is ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)?

ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a degenerative disorder affecting upper motor neurons in the brain and lower motor neurons in the brain stem and spinal cord. Symptoms include progressive weakness, atrophy, fasciculation, dysphagia, and eventual paralysis of respiratory function.

What is it like to have ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)?

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

What do patients take to treat ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) and its symptoms?

Treatments reported by members
Perceived effectiveness
Overall rating of side effects
# of Evaluations

These charts show data from ALS patients’ latest treatment evaluations
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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) on PatientsLikeMe?

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 8
20s 98
30s 285
40s 865
50s 1,492
60s 1,540
70+ 876


Distribution of females vs. males

42% Females
58% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 34
20-29 years 186
30-39 years 561
40-49 years 1,062
50-59 years 1,254
60-69 years 775
70+ years 180

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 4,394
Not Diagnosed 207

These charts show data from ALS patients who have completed their condition history
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