A 31-year-old female asked:
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every ms relapse brings on vertigo & tightness/trouble breathing. oxygen % always fine. can my ms ever cause me to lose conciousness or stop breathing?

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Dr. Galina Nikolskaya
10 years experience Neurology
Unlikely: loss of consciousness would result from bilateral inflammation of deep brain structures with reticular activating system as part of them (bilateral thalamic nuclei, mesencephalic nucleui in midbrain, dorsal hypothalamus, tegmentum) and would be unusual as ms hits tend to be unilateral. same for breathing: would need bilateral loss of medulla area responsible for breathing control
Answered on Nov 13, 2016

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