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Has anyone else experienced the phenomena of laughter related weakness?  
Heat makes me weaker, but laughter absolutely collapses me.  I guess I
always knew that laughing makes you weak - hence the phrase "rolling on the
floor laughing" or ROFL as we say here on the net.  But ALS really takes it
to extremes!  One giggle and I start to buckle.  When my sisters and I get
together for our weekends of fun and hysterical laughter it is like
"Weekend at Bernie's."  They have to keep propping me back up in my chair
in a life-like pose!   I have to lecture people who help me to bed or into
the bathroom on the innappropriateness and danger of making me laugh while
I am on my feet.  Gives a whole new meaning to the term "bathroom humor."  

Just curious as to whether others experience this.  
--

LiveLetDie

"When I die, I want to be cremated and have my ashes put in an
Etch-a-sketch."



Sat, 07 Nov 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 "Ha ha ha" - clunk!

Haven't had the experience yet, but it sounds like you have the right
attitude.  I commend you.  I hope that my spirit stays like yours as I
progress.

Best Regards,
Manny



Sat, 07 Nov 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 "Ha ha ha" - clunk!



Quote:

>Has anyone else experienced the phenomena of laughter related
weakness?  
>Heat makes me weaker,

(Since I live in Seattle, I don't know what you mean by "heat.")

Quote:
>but laughter absolutely collapses me.  I guess I
>always knew that laughing makes you weak - hence the phrase
"rolling on the
>floor laughing" or ROFL as we say here on the net.  But ALS really
takes it
>to extremes!  One giggle and I start to buckle.  When my sisters
and I get
>together for our weekends of fun and hysterical laughter it is
like
>"Weekend at Bernie's."  They have to keep propping me back up in
my chair
>in a life-like pose!   I have to lecture people who help me to bed
or into
>the bathroom on the innappropriateness and danger of making me
laugh while
>I am on my feet.  Gives a whole new meaning to the term "bathroom
humor."  

>Just curious as to whether others experience this.  
>--

>LiveLetDie

>"When I die, I want to be cremated and have my ashes put in an
>Etch-a-sketch."

Dear LLD, (May I call you L?)

And HOW!  However, since laughing can cause me to drop my head and
drool, for me it's more like "Ha Ha Ha" -- splat!  I've had to
deliver similar safety lectures.  When I start to laugh, I've
learned to stop whatever I'm doing and hang on tight. I enjoyed
(and can relate to) the "Weekend at Bernie's" comment.

In addition to the (added) weakness, I also laugh more readily than
before. I've always laughed a lot, but this is ridiculous. When I
tell a joke, I even crack up before I get to the punch line. This
of course makes me totally unintelligible and ruins the joke. I'd
better stick to one-liners.  Even worse, I will often laugh at
stuff that just isn't that funny (like dumb stuff on tv).  Oh well,
at least it gives my wife an excuse to make fun of me.  :-)  

Someone I trust told me that it is a known symptom of ALS for us to
experience a reduced ability to suppress laughing and crying. Be
grateful that you didn't sit beside me when I went to see
"Schindler's List."

I intend to ask my neurologist how freaky motor neurons could
account for this.  Does anyone out there know?

Cheers,




Tue, 10 Nov 1998 03:00:00 GMT
 
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