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Moto Neurone Disease (MND)
Visiting the GP
Testing for MND
Noticing Muscle starts to weaken and swallowing starts to become difficult. The signs start to become worse over time and breathing starts to become an issue. A trip to visit your GP will be needed.
Results and treatment
If your GP feels you may have a neurological problem he will refer you to your local neurology department where you will be seen by a neurologist. You may then be sent for a series of diagnostic tests, which are usually performed as outpatient tests. Occasionally you may be admitted to hospital and the tests carried out while you are there.
Therapy and after care
The neurologists will carry out a number of tests to see if there is any damage to the nerves in the body. Blood Tests: look for any rise in a creatine kinase. This is produced when muscle breaks down and can occasionally be found in the blood of people with MND. Electromyography (EMG) is sometimes called the needle test, because fine needles are used to record the naturally-occurring nerve impulses within certain muscles. Nerve Conduction Tests may be carried out at the same time as the EMG. An electrical impulse is applied through a small pad on the skin. This measures the speed at which your nerves carry electrical signals
If the results of these different tests come back positive, or come back saying there is a neurological problems which points to MND then treatment will be needed. Unfortunately, there is no cure for MND. However, there are different treatments available. Some aim to slow the progress of the condition and others aim to treat your specific symptoms and improve your quality of life as the illness will progress and get worse over time.
Some people with MND find complementary and alternative therapies helpful. They are unlikely to provide a specific treatment for your MND or your symptoms but they might help to improve your general well-being. Diets high in specific vitamins have been suggested as helpful for people with MND. These diets might not provide a specific treatment for your MND or your symptoms but maintaining good nutrition is important and most people can improve their general health and well-being with a healthy, balanced diet. Hospices cater their care and support services to meet the specific needs of people with MND and their families. They can also arrange for people to receive palliative care at home.
MND will progress with the patient until the patient dies. The cause of death may not be due to the disease but could be from old age, other illnesses linked to MND or operations and medication
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