Rush University: 10 Tips for Living With ALS

Two years ago, George Kaminski felt especially tired after an ordinary trip to the gym.

“I could barely walk. I was wiped out,” he says. “I thought I just was out of shape and not working out often enough.”

Back at the gym two days later, Kaminski could barely walk around the track. “I felt I had no core strength, and I needed to hold on to a handrail to keep myself steady,” he says.

After nine months of visits to specialists and a series of inconclusive medical tests, George arrived at the office of Rabia Malik, MD, a neurologist at Rush University Medical Center. She ordered an MRI of his brain and electromyography, or EMG, to evaluate the electrical activity of his muscles.

The diagnosis: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

Julianne Hill reports for Rush University Medical Center’s online resource.

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Client: Rush University Medical Center

Date: May 2016

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