Minneapolis — A young woman’s mother is in the middle of a new battle with brain damage after being diagnosed with a new form of the condition, which is causing her brain to shrink.
The young woman, identified only as Laquita, is an avid gamer who regularly played League of Legends, a popular video game with hundreds of millions of players around the world.
Laquita was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a progressive degenerative brain disorder that affects people who play video games.
Her mother, also known as Laisa, has had ALS since she was 12.
Laisa was diagnosed about five years ago and had undergone two surgeries to remove the brain tissue from her left shoulder.
She lost her hearing, her right eye and two fingers.
Laisa now relies on a wheelchair and her mother says she suffers from severe muscle weakness and pain.
In November, her mother received a new diagnosis from her doctor.
She says the doctor told her that the condition was worsening and that her daughter could be going blind.
The doctor also said Laquisa had been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which affects athletes and football players.
Laquinas family says she has been in and out of hospitals in Minneapolis for about a year with her mother battling CTE.
They say the doctor’s diagnosis has caused stress to the family, as well as headaches and memory loss.
The couple say Laquitas latest treatment was a radical treatment by Dr. Peter Dement, a renowned neurosurgeon who has done pioneering research on the disease.
Dr. Dement says his latest research is being done to find the exact causes of ALS.
Dr. Dements latest research suggests a connection between CTE and the brain’s immune system, or “immune system fatigue.”
In an article published on the Mayo Clinic website, Dr. Joseph R. L. Raskin, MD, associate professor of neurology at the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota, and the director of the ALS Center at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, said that in a study published in June, he found that patients who have been diagnosed in the past six months with CTE had elevated levels of inflammatory markers in their brains.
Laskin says this is because inflammation is a hallmark of CTE disease.
In his study, published in the journal Brain, Dr Laskin looked at data from more than 10,000 ALS patients, finding that those with CTD were at a higher risk of inflammation markers, such as cytokines, interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha.
Dr Raskins findings suggest that inflammation could be a possible trigger for the disease, according to the Mayo article.
He says that this could explain why ALS patients who are diagnosed with CTF also have higher levels of inflammation in their blood.
“We believe that inflammation is the primary contributor to ALS pathology,” Dr. Riskin said.
“It is not just inflammation, but the lack of inflammation that contributes to the pathology of ALS.”
A woman in her 60s in Minneapolis.
She has been playing League of Legend and was diagnosed last year with ALS.
Laquitia says she was told that the disease would take its toll on her body.
She was diagnosed six months ago and is now receiving a combination of drugs to combat the symptoms of the disease while undergoing rehabilitation at her mother’s hospital.
Laquinas mother says her daughter was given drugs to help her sleep and fight off the symptoms, but now she has difficulty breathing and is having trouble eating.
La quita says she is in constant pain and she has started using a wheelchair.
She was also diagnosed with MS, which she says has caused her to lose much of her mobility.
La quita was given a drug that she says helped her sleep, but she says she no longer can sleep at night.
La Quita says the medication she was given helped her in a way, but that the doctor said it was not effective.
She said she has lost 20 pounds since being prescribed the drug, and she said she is also having trouble with her memory and learning.
Laqua says she also struggles with her emotions, especially depression.
She also struggles to find time to play video game or socialize with her friends.
She now goes to her mother for help with her weight.
Laqita said she feels like she is living in a nightmare and has no control over her condition.
Laquila said she knows there are some who are skeptical about her case, saying she is a young woman who has been told that she has a genetic condition that makes her vulnerable to the disease she is currently battling.
“I am a woman in a wheelchair,” she said.