Motor Neuron Disease

Supportive Homeopathic Treatment for Motor Neuron Disease

Motor Neuron Disease is a serious, chronic, progressive disorder that affects the motor neurons of the body. Motor neurons are the nerve cells that control the voluntary movements of extremities and the trunk.

Patients with Motor Neuron Disease (MND) usually show signs of difficulty in speaking, swallowing, and marked difficulty in movements of the body due to weakness of the muscles and wasting. As MND is a progressive disorder, patients suffering from MND become increasingly disabled.

Types of Motor Neuron Disease (MND):

Motor Neuron Disease can be divided into four main types.

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Progressive bulbar palsy (PBP)
  • Progressive muscular atrophy (PMA)
  • Primary lateral sclerosis (PLS)

Out of these four, ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is the most common form of MND. Its prevalence is more than 65%. It is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. This name is given after the famous footballer Lou Gehrig, who also suffered from this disease.

Causes: The exact cause of the development of the MND is not known. Few studies indicate that infections with viruses can cause the development of this condition. Genetic factors also play a significant role in the development of this disease.

Symptoms:

  • Weakness and spasticity of the muscles of the arms or legs.
  • Difficulty in swallowing food and water.
  • Slurring of speech
  • Cramps, pains, and twitching in the muscles
  • Change in voice
  • Fatigue and muscle wasting.

The weakness of the muscles of the legs leads to a clumsy and awkward gait. Such patients are typically seen walking with “dropped Foot”. It means their foot goes on dragging along the ground while walking. Most of the time diagnosis can be made by just seeing the gait of the patient.

Those patients who are affected with weakness and spasticity of arms notice difficulty in writing, buttoning the shirt, or opening the lock with the help of a key, etc. patients also notice that their grip also has become weak.

Body parts that do not get affected:

  • Sense of smell, touch, taste, and hearing are not affected by this disease.
  • The intellect of a person remains unchanged and unaffected by this disease. The well-known scientist Stephen Hawking is the biggest example of a person living and excelling in life with MND.
  • Bladder and bowel movements and control are not generally affected.

Risk factors:

  • Heredity: There is a genetic link involved in developing this condition
  • Age: Usually, after the age of 40, the risk of developing MND increases.
  • Sex: MND is more common in males than in females.
  • Certain professions: People who are working in the army, navy, or air force have shown a higher risk of developing MND. Professional football players are also found to have a much higher risk of developing MND.

Diagnosis:

There are no specific tests to confirm the diagnosis. However, doctors (neurologists) perform the following tests to rule out other similar conditions.

  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Nerve conduction studies
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • MRI scan of the brain

Treatment:

This is a chronic progressive disorder. Doctors can only give a supportive line of mnd treatment in homeopathy treatment to relieve symptoms like difficulty in swallowing, muscles twitching, pain in the body, difficulty in swallowing, etc. Physiotherapy is found to be very useful for controlling disease progression. Regular physiotherapy sessions can improve muscle tones, flexibility, and power. This in turn helps the patients of MND to improve their quality of life.

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