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Diagnosed With Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis? How to Stay on Top?

ALS or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis seems to be a progressive neurological disorder that is triggered by dysfunction of those nerves that are responsible for controlling muscle movement. With time this would result in muscle weakness impacting gradually the proper functioning of the body. In the advanced stages of ALS, the nerves would be adversely affected and the patient would be developing breathing or respiratory issues and eventually meet his death. Here are a few important suggestions that help you to cope with the reality, when you have just been diagnosed with ALS symptoms.

Have Compassion for Yourself: It pays to be compassionate. Anybody’s normal reaction upon knowing that he has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis would be utter shock and unbelievable fear of dying. It is quite natural to experience wild emotional swings after hearing such shocking news. Give yourself enough time to go through, grief, denial, anger, and other such feelings without blaming or criticizing yourself. It is but natural to feel that way. It is obvious that you would be experiencing powerful feelings and emotions. It would be of great help, if you are not judging yourself, instead be soft, gentle, and tender with yourself. Follow the link for more details about author choice. 

Inform Your Friends and Family: Lots of people may wish to assist you but they are not comfortable asking you how. You could communicate with them and seek their help whenever needed. Ask for help while making your meals or doing the usual household chores, or even running errands. You could ask your friends to take you to entertainment shows and movies. If you consciously build a robust support system, you could lead a simpler and easier life with friend and family members contributing in a big way in making you more comfortable and relatively happier.

Empower Yourself with Sound Knowledge about ALS

We believe that knowledge is the ultimate power. You must devote your time to know more about the disease. Learn about the drugs and supplements which could be retarding the progression. This deadly disease often makes individuals susceptible to weakness and there would be a lack of confidence and will-power. Share whatever knowledge you have acquired. Raise awareness about this disease.

Take Care of Your Health: You must try your best to take good care of your health. You must consider improving your diet, stop smoking, start meditation or yoga, get adequate sleep, and start practicing positive visualization. Consult your physician in developing your personalized regimen of useful vitamins. 

Determine and Follow the Best Treatment Meant for You

Choose your health care providers with a lot of deliberation and care. Always keep in mind that they are working for you. Ask your neurologist to suggest appropriate vitamin supplements. Keep asking questions. Fire them if they are not capable or willing to provide answers to your questions. Always be in total control of any situation.

Conclusion

Build an interactive relationship with any reputed ALS center. Always think positive. Start using a wheelchair, Find a suitable feeding tube and get respiratory support. Use augmentative communication aids. Stay always positive and ahead.

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