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Motor neurone disease: what are the symptoms?

'Voicebanking' can help users to communicate if they become unable to speak. Credit: PA

A new project is supporting people with motor neurone disease to record their own voices for use if they become unable to speak.

  • What is motor neurone disease?

According to the NHS, motor neurone disease is a rare condition that progressively damages parts of the nervous system. This leads to muscle weakness, often with visible wasting.

  • What are some of the symptoms?
  • a weakened grip, which can cause difficulty picking up or holding objects
  • weakness at the shoulder that makes lifting the arm difficult
  • a "foot drop" caused by weak ankle muscles
  • dragging of the leg
  • slurred speech
  • Where can you find out more?

You can find more information via the following organisations:

You can find out more about your local branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association here.