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How is breathing affected?

Most people with ALS develop some breathing difficulties (dyspnea). Among the symptoms associated with weakening of the respiratory muscles in persons with ALS there are labored breathing (“air hunger”), fatigue, frequent yawning or sighing during the day, waking in the morning with a headache or fuzzy headed feeling (“morning confusion”),respiratory-related sleep disturbances.

 

Weakening of the respiratory function is considered to be one of the main causes of anxiety in persons with ALS  (Van Den Berg, 2004), (Morelot-Panzini et al., 2014).

 

Proper positioning, energy conservation (rest) and breathing exercises (such as breath stacking and specific coughing techniques) are recommended to ALS patients to promote airway clearance.

 

 

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