Anti aging guide

Motor Neurone Disease And The Muscles



How motor neurone disease could affect the muscles?

This is a progressive disorder of the nerve cells which supply the muscles, which becomes most common after the age of 50 (unlike multiple sclerosis, which most often comes on between the ages of 20 and 40). The affected muscles ‘melt away’ and can sometimes be seen to quiver under the skin. Any muscles may be affected but those of the legs, hands, tongue, and throat are most vulnerable. The condition is not severely painful and mental function remains intact; bladder and bowel are under perfect control. If only the legs are affected, the disease may progress for many years with little limitation of the quantity or quality of life; when the muscles of swallowing are involved (progressive bulbar palsy), the course of the disease is usually rapid and death soon occurs—usually due to pneumonia, as food spills over into the lungs and causes irritation and infection.
Unfortunately the cause of this condition is unknown and there are currently no effective methods of treatment.

Posted by Carol Hudgens - May 6, 2012 at 3:32 pm