ALS

Allison Kendrick, MD -  - Medical Cannabis Specialist

Compassionate Telemedicine

Allison Kendrick, MD

Medical Marijuana Doctor located in Austin, TX

An estimated 15,000 people in the United States suffer from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a progressive disease that has no cure. Allison Kendrick, MD, MA, offers alternative treatment for ALS symptoms with low-dose THC (medical marijuana) at Compassionate Telemedicine in Austin, Texas. Dr. Kendrick is a telemedicine provider and one of a few designated physicians who can legally prescribe medical cannabis in Texas. Call the office or book an appointment online today to learn how medical marijuana can reduce and relieve your ALS symptoms.

ALS Q & A

 

What is ALS?

Sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurological condition that affects the nerve cells that control voluntary muscle movement (motor neurons).

ALS causes motor neurons to degenerate and die, so they can’t send messages to your muscles to make them move. This disease is progressive, which means that symptoms worsen over time. Eventually, a person with ALS loses their ability to move, speak, eat, and even breathe.

Although there’s no treatment to stop, reverse, or halt the progression of this disease, Dr. Kendrick offers compassionate relief from debilitating ALS symptoms with medical marijuana

 

Who gets ALS?

ALS is a common disease that affects people of all races and backgrounds. Certain factors may increase your likelihood of getting ALS, including:

  • Increasing age
  • Having a family member with ALS
  • Smoking tobacco
  • Exposure to environmental toxins
  • Military service

Studies show that military veterans are at a greater risk of ALS. It’s unclear exactly why, but the correlation may be due to various factors, such as exposure to toxins, traumatic injuries, or intense physical exertion.

 

What are the symptoms of ALS?

Symptoms of ALS vary depending on the specific neurons affected. ALS signs and symptoms may include:

  • Spasticity (muscle tightness and stiffness)
  • Muscle spasms in the arm, leg, shoulder, or tongue
  • Muscle cramps
  • Muscle weakness or clumsiness
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Tripping and falling

The first sign of ALS often appears in the hand, arm, or in one of the legs. Regardless of where they begin, ALS symptoms quickly spread to other parts of the body and typically become fatal within a few years after diagnosis.

 

How does medical marijuana treat ALS symptoms?

Medical marijuana can dramatically improve the quality of life of a person with ALS. Research shows that patients experience a self-reported improvement in spasticity when taking medical cannabis.

The medical cannabis that Dr. Kendrick prescribes may also alleviate the emotional effects of ALS, such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Low-dose THC doesn’t produce the same “high” that a greater concentration of THC would.

 

How can I get medical marijuana for ALS?

According to the Texas Compassionate Use Program, people diagnosed with ALS are eligible for low-dose THC.

When you schedule your virtual consult with Dr. Kendrick, she reviews your symptoms and medical history to help you decide whether medical marijuana can help you cope with ALS symptoms.

If you or a loved one has ALS, call Compassionate Telemedicine, or request an appointment online today.