Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

In Loving Memory of Estelle D James

We LOVE our cakes and we LOVE giving back! We are a proud awareness while supporting families after a ALS diagnosis.

Drippy Cakes is proud to contribute to the cause! We’ve placed gift cards in every backpack for each family to receive a dozen of our gourmet cookies, at no cost, and of course, with free shipping! We can’t wait to send Love&Cookies to these brave children and their families working to over come a ALS aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

What is ALS?

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.
What are the first warning signs of ALS?
Early symptoms include:
  • Muscle twitches in the arm, leg, shoulder, or tongue.
  • Muscle cramps.
  • Tight and stiff muscles (spasticity)
  • Muscle weakness affecting an arm, a leg, the neck, or diaphragm.
  • Slurred and nasal speech.
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing.

Who Gets ALS?

Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with the disease, and someone passes away from it.
Most people who develop ALS are between the ages of 40 and 70, with an average age of 55 at the time of diagnosis. However, cases of the disease do occur in people in their twenties and thirties.
ALS is 20% more common in men than women. However, with increasing age, the incidence of ALS is more equal between men and women.
About 90% of ALS cases occur without any known family history or genetic cause. The remaining 10% of ALS cases are inherited through a mutated gene with a known connection to the disease.
For unknown reasons, military veterans are more likely to be diagnosed with the disease than the general public.

ALS Symptoms and Diagnosis

ALS is a disease that typically involves a gradual onset. The initial symptoms of ALS can be quite varied. One person may have trouble grasping a pen or lifting a coffee cup, while another may experience a change in vocal pitch when speaking.
The progression rate of ALS can be quite variable, as well. Although the mean survival time with ALS is two to five years, some people live five years, 10 years or even longer.
Symptoms can begin in the muscles that control speech and swallowing or in the hands, arms, legs or feet. Not all people with ALS experience the same symptoms or the same sequences or patterns of progression. However, progressive muscle weakness and paralysis are universally experienced.
A gradual onset of progressive muscle weakness – which is generally painless – is the most common initial symptom in ALS. Other early symptoms vary but can include tripping, dropping things, abnormal fatigue of the arms and/or legs, slurred speech, muscle cramps and twitches and uncontrollable periods of laughing or crying.
When the breathing muscles become affected, people with the disease will ultimately need permanent ventilatory support to assist with breathing.
Since ALS attacks only motor neurons, the senses of sight, touch, hearing, taste and smell aren’t affected. For many people, muscles of the eyes and bladder are generally not affected.

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