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    What are the symptoms of motor neurone diseases?

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    Karyn Powell

    Physiotherapist

    Specialising in Parkinson's Disease,Vertigo/Dizziness, Stroke, Brain Injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, Amputees, Mobility and balance disorders, Adults and children with physical disability. Extensive experience in Neurological and … View Profile

    There are three main forms of Motor Neurone Disease. These are:

    1. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis - features include muscle weakness and spasticity
    2. Progressive Muscular Atrophy - features are weight loss and fasciculation
    3. Progressive Pseudobulbar Palsy - features are slurred speech, swallowing difficulties and muscle weakness
    Onset is gradual. Symptoms are minor initially but in the later stages features include progressive muscle weakness and wasting.  The weakness oftern starts in the hands and feet but becomes more generalised leading to loss of function in limbs, breathing, speech and swallowing muscles until patient can be limited in mobility and ability to perform normal activities of daily living.

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