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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Multiple Sclerosis (Overview)

A progressive disease that interferes with the functioning of the central nervous system and brain. Symptoms include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue.


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Multiple sclerosis = demyelination?

Multiple sclerosis = demyelination?

Characteristic: Demyelination refers to damage to the coverings of the nerves in the brain and spinal cord, and is very characteristic of the inflammatory process that occurs in ms. This can also occur in children with hereditary leukodystrophies, and can be associated with acquired neurological disorders. The disease modifying drugs in MS are designed to control demyelination and many work well. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Multiple Sclerosis (Overview)

A progressive disease that interferes with the functioning of the central nervous system and brain. Symptoms include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred vision, and severe fatigue.


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Is multiple sclerosis hereditary?

Is multiple sclerosis hereditary?

Complex: Multiple sclerosis is an issue of genetic susceptibility, not the usual heredity, and risk runs about 3-5% if mother has it, 1-2% if father has it. But without specific environmental triggers, the disease will be unlikely to manifest. ...Read more

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Who discovered multiple sclerosis?

Who discovered multiple sclerosis?

Charcot: The French neurologist Charcot is credited with identifying MS as a distinct entity for the first time. ...Read more

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How does multiple sclerosis spread to other parts of the body?

See answer: Ms affects the brain and spinal cord, not the nerves outside. The messages from the brain and spinal cord can be affected so the message to the peripheral nerves are affected. ...Read more

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Is multiple sclerosis preventable?

Is multiple sclerosis preventable?

No: Population studies have suggest that mononucleosis in adolescence, smoking, and possibly childhood obesity are risks for developing ms. However ms is a complex variable disease requiring genetic predisposition along with some environmental trigger(s), possibly influenced by hormones, immune system priming from certain infectious agents. ...Read more

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Is trigeminal neuralgia a symptom of multiple sclerosis?

Is trigeminal neuralgia a symptom of multiple sclerosis?

Possibly: Trigeminal neuralgia in a younger adult may be caused by multiple sclerosis. However, there must be more than just trigeminal neuralgia to define definite ms. History of other suspicious symptoms, abnormalities on neuro exam other than just trigeminal neuralgia and supplemental diagnostic studies will better define the suspicion for ms. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you actually have symptoms of multiple sclerosis before you are diagnosed?

Could be years: Have seen many patients who have clearcut MS, who had delayed diagnoses up to 5-10 yrs after onset of first problems. Many reasons for this, including lack of insurance, denial of disease, fears of physicians, moving from place to place and not completing evaluations, being diagnosed as having psychiatric problems, etc. ...Read more

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What disease might mimic multiple sclerosis?

What disease might mimic multiple sclerosis?

Several potentials: Cadasil, lupus, arteritis, clippers, pernicious anemia, cervical spondylosis, lyme disease, CNS lymphoma, sjogren's, melas. If you get the point, ms may be hard to diagnose, and often need to exclude other explanations. Patterns may or may not be different, and sometimes it is important to get testing and even several opinions. ...Read more

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What symptoms of ms multiple sclerosis ?

What symptoms of ms multiple sclerosis ?

Variable: Please consult this site for information on early symptoms of MS http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/guide/multiple-sclerosis-symptoms Wish you good health. ...Read more

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What are signs of multiple sclerosis?

Many: Ms can present with a host of physical findings including optic neuritis, unilateral weakness and numbness, a band-like sensation around your chest or abdomen, hearing loss, gait ataxia, slurred speech, urinary incontinence, bilateral upper extremity/lower extremity weakness. Typically the initial presentation in the young may be a single symptom (optic neuritis), however hemiparesis is seen. ...Read more

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Is multiple sclerosis fatal?

Is multiple sclerosis fatal?

Not usually: Ms is a chronic neurological condition, characterized by episodes of neurological disability of variable severity and recovery. A minority of inidividuals can have a very aggressive course, and become so disabled that they are at risk of secondary medical complications which may be fatal. There are subtypes of MS which are so aggressive that a fatal outcome can happen. Fortunately these are rare. ...Read more

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Is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis a type of multiple sclerosis (ms)?

Is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis a type of multiple sclerosis (ms)?

Not similar diseases: Als is very different, and is a disease of "mis-folded proteins" like alzheimers and parkinson's, and all of these affect older people. Ms is an autoimmune disease afflicting younger patients who have hereditary susceptibilities and environmental exposures. Ms can be successfully treated and controlled, but ALS does not respond well to current therapies. ...Read more

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Can ganoderma coffee help with a multiple sclerosis diagnosis?

NO: Ganoderma coffee has no benefit in assisting MS or affecting course of disorder. The only real significant control of MS comes from use of potent medications, such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose multiple sclerosis?

Clinical diagnosis: Although the MRI can help support the diagnosis, and spinal fluid analysis may help, the diagnosis ultimately depends on a physician analysing history and exam findings, and making certain that alternative problems are not the true diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can multiple sclerosis be mis-diagnosed?

Not uncommonly: There are several disease states that can mimic multiple sclerosis, and MRI lesions can likewise be misleading. Since this is so very complex, it is best to seek additional opinions from physicians who specialize in the area, as the diagnosis may not always be easy to reach. ...Read more

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Best multiple sclerosis medications?

Interferons ? : There is no best medication , some would suit the patient better than others but interferons are the most widely used for prevention of attacks. ...Read more

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Common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Varies, but often: The disease can present with loss of vision in one eye, electrical tingling on bending the neck, unexplained imbalance or falling, leg weakness and/or spasticity, bladder incontinence, fatigue, double vision, and problems with intellectual function. This can be isolated or grouped, and in 85% if pts symptoms come on rapidly and slowly remit, i.e., relapsing-remitting ms. Start rx asap. ...Read more

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What are the diagnostic criteria for multiple sclerosis?

What are the diagnostic criteria for multiple sclerosis?

MS: Multiple neurological problems spread out over time and the neuro-axis. MRI lesions can be found in the spinal cord, next to the ventricles, in the brain stem, cerebellum or juxta-cortical. Use of 3.0 or greater tesla magnets can identify gray matter cortical lesions. Clinical criteria have undergone recent revisions. Its a demyelinating disorder that has several forms. (Google for more) ...Read more

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Is there a definite test for multiple sclerosis?

Is there a definite test for multiple sclerosis?

No definite test: There is no definite test for MS. MS is not the same for every one, and the tests and tools we use to make the diagnosis can also find other illnesses which cause similar findings. ...Read more

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What is multiple sclerosis? What is multiple sclerosis?

What is multiple sclerosis? What is multiple sclerosis?

What is MS: Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain, spinal cord, and / or optic nerves. It may cause attacks of symptoms or follow a progressive course. It may affect different areas of the these body parts at different times over many years. It may be either aggressive or benign. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Sclerosis (Definition)

We neurologists employ the term to describe localized damage involving the central nervous system, and sclerosis means scarring. If in many areas, might be multiple sclerosis. If affecting the motor nerve cell, ...Read more