Living with ALS: Expert Perspectives and Resources for Support
In this episode of Neurology Now, host Pete Waggoner and guest Dr. Praful Kelkar delve into the topic of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Dr. Praful explains the nature of ALS, emphasizing its serious impact and distinguishing it from multiple sclerosis. They discuss the diagnostic process, with Dr. Praful highlighting the importance of comprehensive clinical exams and tracking symptom progression.
The conversation moves on to ALS clinics, where patients receive holistic care, and families find support from various professionals, including neurologists, psychologists, physical therapists, and social workers. The prevalence of ALS and the evolving research in the field are also explored. Dr. Praful concludes by enumerating organizations and local support groups that offer vital assistance and a sense of community for ALS patients and their families.
This must-listen episode provides valuable insights, expert perspectives, and essential resources for anyone seeking to understand and navigate the challenges of ALS.
- It is crucial to raise awareness about the impact of ALS and provide support for both patients and their families.
- Engaging with organizations and local support groups can provide assistance and foster a sense of community for ALS patients and their loved ones.
In this episode:
[1:07] Dr. Praful explains what ALS is and how many people are already aware of the disease and its serious impact. He also highlights how it is very different from multiple sclerosis.
[6:06] Pete asks Dr. Praful what the most effective way would be to diagnose ALS. Dr. Praful talks about how it has to be a combination of thorough clinical exams and a history of how symptoms have been progressing. He also mentions the tell-tale signs of the condition.
[12:00] Dr. Praful shares about ALS clinics that are able to provide well-established, holistic care to the patients and support to the families–from the neurologists, psychologists, and physical therapists, to the social workers who offer their services in these clinics.
[15:35] Pete and Dr. Praful talk about how common the disease is and how many people get diagnosed with ALS. They also discuss how the research has been evolving in the past years.
[23:55] Dr. Praful enumerates the organizations that can offer support to both the ALS patients and their families. He also mentions that there are local support groups, especially in big cities, that provide a sense of community and understanding for those facing the challenges of ALS.
- Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology
- Praful Kelkar, M.D.
- ALS Association
- Muscular Dystrophy Association
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“There is something unique about patients with ALS and people have written research papers on this as well.They are absolutely phenomenal human beings.” – Dr. Praful Kelkar