Degenerative neurological diseases may affect a lot of your body’s activities, such as balance, movement, talking, breathing and heart function. A lot of these diseases are genetic. Oftentimes, t he cause is a medical condition such as alcoholism, tumors or a stroke. Other known causes may include toxins, chemicals and viruses. Sometimes the cause can be unknown.
Degenerative neurological diseases include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Friedreich’s ataxia
- Huntington’s disease
- Lewy body disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Spinal muscular atrophy
Degenerative neurological diseases can be serious or life-threatening. It all depends on the type. Most of them have no cure. Treatments may help improve symptoms, relieve pain and help increase mobility.