The brain and the rest of the central nervous system control the body. They control organ function, the way that people think, and body movements. If something goes wrong with the brain, the quality of life can deteriorate drastically.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a condition that directly affects the neurons that are responsible for muscle movement 1. Also known as motor neuron disease (MND), the condition causes the muscles to weaken and lose control. The body begins to have difficulty functioning, and the patient loses mobility.
Symptom #1: Muscle Weakness
People rely on the muscles every single day to move and perform various tasks, although people don’t tend to think about their muscles at all. Even making a cup of coffee involves the use of numerous muscles. It is easy to take the muscles for granted, but people notice when they are not working as they should.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis causes the muscles to weaken, which can restrict the patient’s mobility considerably. Even exercise does not help, and the muscles will continue to deteriorate over time. It is not uncommon for patients to become wheelchair-bound as the condition worsens.