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Doctor insights on: Alternative Treatments For Multiple System Atrophy

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Multiple system atrophy with bradykinesia Treatment? Is this a form of Parkinson's. 100% Viet nam vet. Exposed to agent orange. Neuropathy, 3 tias, Ca

Multiple system atrophy with bradykinesia Treatment? Is this a form of Parkinson's. 100% Viet nam vet. Exposed to agent orange. Neuropathy, 3 tias, Ca

HowAboutANeurologist: First and foremost, thank you for your service.That was a tough time.There is just too little information in your question.Yes,bradykinesia can be a symptom of Parkinson's, which can be a symptom of MSA.There is "suggestive but limited evidence that exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War is associated with an increased chance of Parkinson's disease."See your doc ...Read more

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Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more


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Can multiple system atrophy cause abnormal emg?

Can multiple system atrophy cause abnormal emg?

Yes: Any thing that effects a particular nerve and the muscles it innervates could lead to abnormal EMG ...Read more

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My mom died from multiple system atrophy, msa-c. Can it be gentec?

My mom died from  multiple system atrophy, msa-c. Can it be gentec?

Depends: The frustrating answer is that it depends and maybe. As science progresses more and more is being discovered about the genetics diseases. Msa-c is a clinical syndrome which will eventually have many different genetic causes. Whether one can be passed on or not will depend on the type of genetic mutation and the type of Mendelian inheritance pattern it creates or whether it is de novo. ...Read more

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Could multiple system atrophy (msa) be caused by candida, or herpes?

Could multiple system atrophy (msa) be caused by candida, or herpes?

No evidence: Multiple system atrophy is a neurodegenerative disease. Sometimes it can present similarly to parkinson disease. Sometimes there can be prominent cerebellar signs. There can often be autonomic nervous system signs--extreme blood pressure changes, urinary issues. There is no evidence that it is caused by any infection. ...Read more

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What are the differences between striatonigral degeneration & multiple system atrophy?

What are the differences between striatonigral degeneration & multiple system atrophy?

MSA and SND: are rare Parkinson's plus degenerative conditions. The tend not to respond to medications for Parkinson's disease. The differences are subtle but many. I suggest you google "Parkinson's plus" for a good explanation. It would take more than the 400 character limit to scratch the surface. ...Read more

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Hi, I've seen 3 neurologists. Is it possible for all 3 to miss symptoms of multiple system atrophy?

Hi, I've seen 3 neurologists. Is it possible for all 3 to miss symptoms of multiple system atrophy?

Brain fog: is not a symptom of MSA. Autonomic symptoms like tachycardia tend to be persistent and not sporadic. Paroxysmal confusion and tachycardia might be caused by focal epilepsy. Slow thinking, disequilibrium with eyes closed would suggest chronic B12 deficiency. MSA is predominantly a movement disorder (Parkinson's Plus) ...Read more

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Will it affect a person cognitive function if he has multiple system atrophy? What is his prognosis?

Will it affect a person cognitive function if he has multiple system atrophy? What is his prognosis?

Prognosis is guarded: Multiple system atrophy is difficult to treat. I approach it as I do ms. I recommend vit B12 and Adenosine monophosphate injections weekly, low dose Naltrexone (4.5 mg) every night, phosphatidylserine 300 mg/day, phosphatidylcholine 1, 000 mg/day, acetyl-l-carnintine 1, 500 mg/day, Alpha lipoic acid 600 mg/day, selegeline 5 mg/day in am, 6 mg melatonin at bedtime, dhea 100 mg in am. ...Read more

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Would an eye exam be abnormal with multiple system atrophy? If so how?

Would an eye exam be abnormal with multiple system atrophy? If so how?

Yes: measures of HIGHER brain function will be off in a really detailed eye exam if a lot of the higher brain function is broken: Ability to follow objects rapidly smoothly. Ability to adjust the eye appropriately when multiple brain inputs occur...moving head, moving body, moving object all in different paths. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12773891 this isn't the earliest sign and MRI proves it. ...Read more