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can you have ms without brain lesions

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
MS mortality: Research suggests that lack of ms treatment may shorten lifespan, 8-14 yrs, but the bigger issue is resultant disability which can affect walking, bal ... Read More

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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nathaniel Drourr
29 years experience Pain Management
Unlikely: I am not aware of smoking causing ms lesions. Suggest you follow up with a neurologist.
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Dr. Patrick Williams
27 years experience General Practice
Possibly: A neurologist and neuroradiologist will be best able to answer you concern. In general however, smoking can exacerbate the injury caused by ms by caus ... Read More
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Clarification: Lesions from smoking dissimilar but smoking increases MS risk and makes disease far worse. Stop smoking and get fully diagnosed
A 65-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
MS: Brain lesions in MS may recede on MRI irrespective of presence or absence of symptoms. I feel the best treatment for MS is obtained from a neurologist ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
59 years experience Internal Medicine
Growth during: adulthood is something that needs evaluation by a Board Certified ENDOCRINOLOGIST. Excessive GROWTH HORMONE may be one cause! Ask your PCP for a refer ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Comments: Not uncommonly, brain lesions consistent with MS may be uncovered on an MRI, even though symptoms and/or relapses have not occurred yet. This is call ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Smith
54 years experience Neurosurgery
Yes / no: If you don't have ms, you do have something wrong. Have you had a recent mri? Have you had a spinal tap? Are your symptoms progressive? Lesions alread ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Does happen: Far less common presentation, but several patients may have initial lesions in spinal cord. However, here's the main challenge: a condition called ne ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
CONFUSING: If you have a positive MRI of brain, and a spinal fluid profile that is diagnostic, I am not sure why the term "inconclusive" was voiced. It maybe th ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Velt
Dr. Paul Velt answered
42 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Can be seen: The MS plaques can be seen with or without a flare up. Active plaques may be seen with contrast.
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
52 years experience Neurology
Straightforward: Severity of ms varies, and even benign cases, but diagnosis is based on history and exam and supportive lab studies. Evoked potentials usually worthl ... Read More

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