Degenerative Nerve Diseases

Illustration of the nervous system, including brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves

Degenerative nerve diseases affect many of your body’s activities, such as balance, movement, talking, breathing, and heart function. Many of these diseases are genetic. Sometimes the cause is a medical condition such as alcoholism, a tumor, or a stroke. Other causes may include toxins, chemicals, and viruses. Sometimes the cause is not known.

Degenerative nerve diseases include

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Friedreich’s ataxia
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Lewy body disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Spinal muscular atrophy

Degenerative nerve diseases can be serious or life-threatening. It depends on the type. Most of them have no cure. Treatments may help improve symptoms, relieve pain, and increase mobility.

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