Neurologist Talks About Diagnosing ALS

In this video from the Brattleboro Reformer, learn more about how ALS patients like Andy are diagnosed from a doctor’s point of view.

MORE: Andy shares his ALS journey in this touching video

Neurologist Dr. Elijah Stommel explains that he sees two newly diagnosed ALS patients each week and that each case is unique. In Andy’s case, the first indications of the disease appeared in his limbs. Andy had the genetic form of the disease and both of his siblings passed away from ALS.

Dr. Stommel explains that ALS isn’t as rare as people think and the risk of developing the disease is much the same as the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (which for middle-aged people is around one in 300). He also explains that there are similarities between ALS and Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease and if scientists could find a cure for one, then the cure for the others would be close behind.

MORE: Meet the home health care team that works with people like Andy

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2 comments

  1. Fouzia BIRGACH says:

    Dear Sirs /Madams,
    We found out for 5 months ago that my sister has ALS . I cannot describe to you how we all suffered before we found out . I REALLY ADMIRE ALL THE EFFORTS Nourologists, associations etc… for the big importance you give to patients who has ALS . I amm orginated and living in Morocco , this illness unfortunately is not very well known and no one is doing anything to help these patients . they are left to fight also and can rely ONLY on the help of their families as much these latters can… with all my respect to every person who is taking care about these patients .

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