A. the average life expectancy of someone with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) is two to five years from the time of diagnosis. However, it varies greatly:
- Over 50% of people with ALS live more than three years.
- 20% live five years or a lot of.
- 10% live ten or more years.
- 5% can lives more than 20 years.
The american Academy of Neurology has compiled their recommendations for caring for patients with ALS into a document known as practice Guideline update: The care of the patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: Drug, organic process and metabolism therapies (an evidence-based review): Report of the quality Standards subcommittee of the american Academy of Neurology. This document addresses the treatments mentioned above, likewise as outlines different factors in caring for a patient with ALS.
If you or a loved one has ALS, I highly suggest taking a look at this document (full-text is offered by clicking the link above). Better yet, print it out, highlight sections and write down any queries for your doctor to require with you to your next appointment.