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Numbness, postural tremors weakness fatigue. Is this multiple sclerosis? Mri of brain and spine normal, hyperreflexia. Low B12 and sjogren's syndrome.

Numbness, postural tremors weakness fatigue. Is this multiple sclerosis? Mri of brain and spine normal, hyperreflexia. Low B12 and sjogren's syndrome.

Explanation: You mention two issues, and at age 23, am surprised at this combination, but b-12 deficiency can result in peripheral nerve and spinal cord problems which may explain many of your symptoms. Sjogren's can mimic ms and also cause a small fibre neuropathy which could explain additional issues. Do not need an ms explanation here, as doubtful you have that also. Suggest neurology eval. ...Read more

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Vitamin B12 Deficiency (Definition)

B12 deficiency can be due to a lack of absorption or intake from diet. Since B12 is primarily found in animal products (e.g., dairy, egg, meat, etc.) vegetarians are more at risk. A deficiency is suspected when rbcs increase in size (e.g., high MCV and/or MCH in cbc) and can cause megaloblastic anemia. Symptoms can include fatigue and neuropathy. It is best corrected with ...Read more

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Multiple sclerosis may be caused by vitamin d deficiency , why the doctor prescribe corticosteroid ? That have anti-vitamin d .

Multiple sclerosis may be caused by vitamin d deficiency , why the doctor prescribe corticosteroid ? That have anti-vitamin d .

Explanation: Vitamin D deficiency increases risk for MS, but does NOT cause the disorder. If one does have MS, and suffers relapses, steroids can help reverse downturn. But low vitamin D can increase risk for relapses, new MRI lesions, and progressive disability. Suggest your concerns be discussed at length with a neurologist, and if you do have MS, you are advised to start a specific MS medication. ...Read more

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Living with Multiple Sclerosis (Checklist)

Do your home work - work with a physical or occupational therapist
Weekly
Prevent falls in the home by removing throw rugs, adding grab bars
Once
Let your doctor know if you are feeling depressed. There is help.
Monthly
Stay cool, avoid being overheated
Once
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How do I know if I have multiple sclerosis or vitamin deficiency?

How do I know if I have multiple sclerosis or vitamin deficiency?

See your doctor: When evaluating for ms, your doctor will check for b-12 and vitamin d deficiencies, and these may all co-exist. The diagnosis is further ruled in or out by MRI films and even spinal fluid analysis. Raise these concerns with your neurologist and pursue the diagnoses. ...Read more

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If one has multiple sclerosis, is it common to get another immune defiency, large goiter in my neck?

If one has multiple sclerosis, is it common to get another immune defiency, large goiter in my neck?

Misinformed: 1. People with ms do not have immune deficiency. Rather, their immune systems are over-active. Ms is felt to be an autoimmune disease. 2. Thyroid diseases, including goiter, are common among women; there may be a slight increase among persons with ms but this is debatable. 3. Goiter is not a symptom of nor is caused by immune deficiency. ...Read more

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Living with Multiple Sclerosis (Checklist)

Low fat, low salt diet
3x day
Vitamin D supplements
daily
Aerobic exercise
3x week
Disease modifying therapy
daily
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I just found out I have B12 deficiency. My B12 level was 169. Can someone tell me exactly what this means and what else it can cause. ?

I just found out I have B12 deficiency. My B12 level was 169. Can someone tell me exactly what this means and what else it can cause. ?

Try sublingual B12: Agree with dr. Patel's answer. Band, for those who cannot take B12 injections, new studies have shown that a sublingual (under the tongue) dissolving B12 tablet raises B12 levels as well as injections. Both bypass the digestive tract and go straight to the blood stream. ...Read more

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Living with Multiple Sclerosis (Checklist)

Keep track of symptoms and dates in a log book
once
Avoid temperature extremes
once
Monitor your vitamin D level
yearly
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What does B12 deficiency cause?

B12: Makes red blood cells to carry oxygen in body. Lowb12 can lead to anemia, your body does not have enough red blood cells. This can make you weak ; tired. Low B12 can cause damage to your nerves and can impact memory and thinking. ...Read more

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Multiple Sclerosis (Definition)

A disorder causing usually episodic loss of myelin (demyelination) which disrupts function of central nervous system. Can lead to nerve damage because nerve requires myelin to function best. Classically relapsing and remitting or chronic and progressive. The former is characterized by transient neurological episodes of dysfunction separate in time and in space ...Read more

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

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