Motor Neuron Disease (MND) is a group of progressive neurological disorders that affects the nerve cells that control muscle movement. The most common form of MND is Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. MND causes the nerve cells that control muscle movement to gradually die, which leads to weakness, stiffness, and eventually muscle wasting. MND can affect the muscles of the limbs, face, tongue, and throat, making it difficult to speak, eat, and breathe.
Symptoms of MND can vary depending on the type and progression of the disease, but common symptoms include muscle weakness, twitching, and cramps, difficulty speaking, swallowing, and breathing. There’s currently no cure for MND, but there are treatments available to help manage symptoms and improve quality of life. These can include medications, physical therapy, speech therapy, and respiratory support.