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I'm scared i have multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Find MS specialist: We have potent and effective meds these days, especially Gilenya and tysabri, (natalizumab) and dietary measures, vitamin supplements, avoidance of smoking, and aerobic exercise all play an important role in eventual success. You will benefit from working with an experienced neurologist who has extensive ms experience.
Dr. Walter Husar
Neurology 33 years experience
Need to know more: Will really need to know more about what your symptoms are. Initially, you should discuss your concerns with your primary care physician. Then an appropriate a referral to a neurologist will allow a more definitive diagnosis for you.Multiple sclerosis is treatable at the present time with multiple medications and ensure an excellany quality of life.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Real core question is the reason you think you have MS, and as noted above, seek help from the doctors.
Apr 7, 2014

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A 32-year-old member asked:

Scared I have multiple sclerosis. How do I find out for sure?

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Dr. Matthew Kozminski
Neurology 16 years experience
Don't panic yet: Mri of the brain is a good start, sometimes a lumbar puncture is needed as well. These are good starting points. There are now strict diagnostic criteria, google search the 2010 mcdonald criteria.
A 25-year-old male asked:

What is multiple sclerosis? What is multiple sclerosis?

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Dr. Pavle Repovic
Specializes in Neurology
Multiple : Multiple sclerosis (ms) is a disease of the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord and optic nerves) that is driven primarily by the immune system. It results in "demyelination", or loss of myelin, which is an insulating and protective cover for the neurons. Without this cover, the neurons can sometimes die, or malfunction, which results in ms symptoms. Because neurons control most body functions, ms symptoms can be extremely variable. The most common symptoms in ms result from the damage to neurons in visual, sensory and motor systems, and manifest as blurry vision, numbness or tingling, and weakness. Typically, the ms manifests in the form of relapses, which is to say, sudden neurological problems, and these patients are said to have relapsing ms. In a subgroup of ms patients, the problems develop slowly, over months or years, and these people have progressive ms. It is possible also to have progressive and relapsing ms at the same time, though this is less common. There is no known cause of ms, but there are approved and effective treatments available for relapsing forms of ms. These treatments do not reverse the damage, but can help prevent future relapses. These should be discussed with your physician in more detail, because they have different mechanisms of action, risks and benefits. For further reading on ms, i would suggest the national ms society website (www.Nmss.Org).

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