ALS is difficult to diagnose in the early stages as the symptoms presented can often mimic other diseases and conditions. Some of the early signs include muscle weakness or a lack of motor control in the patient’s arms and legs, which may mean suddenly tripping over things regularly or having difficulty performing simple tasks like buttoning a shirt. Patients may also experience other symptoms like shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing or uncontrollable crying or bouts of laughter.
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