People with ALS may be coping with a variety of symptoms. While there are general commonalities, including weakness, loss of muscle strength, trouble with speech, swallowing, or breathing, not every patient gets every symptom. And no two patients will have symptoms in the same way: for instance, one patient may have trouble with speech but have limited limb weakness, while another patient may have no trouble with speech but notice hand weakness. Time of progression will also vary from person to person: statistics are only broad averages. Though two people may present with the same general symptoms over a similar length of time, their experience with the symptoms going forward may be totally different through the course of the disease. For this reason, individually-tailored treatment to manage symptoms is essential for your best well-being.