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Can Milk Thistle Help Multiple Sclerosis
What do you suggest if my uncle has had multiple sclerosis for 3 years and he lives in cuba, can I help?
Cuban health care: My understanding is that Cuban health care is actually quite good. Some people with MS have a simple, healthy course. Just because he lives in Cuba does not mean there is a problem. Perhaps he should visit with a neurologist from time to time. If he needs specific help, he could post a question here, or you could post it for him. Or he is welcome to try one of our virtual consults. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
You bet!: Anti-spasticity agents will assist the tightness in the legs, and you could try baclofen, tizanidine, maybe botox, etc. The newest agent touted to assist gait speed, and stamina, is called ampyra, but may not help everyone, just have to try it. Best way to address mobility problem is to be using the most effective potent medications, and supplementing with vitamin d. ...Read more
Complex: Clearly, your answer would take many hrs, but here is précis: Autoimmune disorder with genetic susceptibility and environmental triggers causing inflammatory attack on brain, spinal cord, and eyes in young adults, mostly females, and potentially leading to disability. Modern potent meds are available to help this. Seek information at AAN.com, but also Mayoclinic.com, and local MS society. ...Read more
Not primary cause: Ms is clearly influenced by genetics, as we are aware of risk profiles increasing genetic susceptibility and some genetic protective profiles; but, without a number of environmental influences, will not occur. So, like folks who get flu frequently, this is a vulnerability, but not a hereditary illness. ...Read more
Complex: Chemotherapy is being modified to be used in multiple sclerosis and many monoclonal antibodies are being studied. These drugs affect the immune system by modulating or suppressing the immune cells which promote inflammation and ultimate damage. One such drug, lemtrada, may arrive this fall. ...Read more
Perplexing???: Obviously, complex, as each person is different. However, need to determine whether numbness due to ms relapse or progression, or if due to peripheral nerve problem such as carpal tunnel, tarsal tunnel, b-12 deficiency and treat the underlying cause. The neurologist should be capable of handling the symptoms. ...Read more
Is there any medicine to help alleviate the crankiness and impatience that every multiple sclerosis patient has?
That would be called: A CURE. Unfortunately, that particular pill has yet to be invented. Of course, if you're talking about the general symptoms of crankiness and impatience that EVERY HUMAN BEING has....again, there probably isn't a pill for those as opposed to simply learning the virtues of being nice and having patience then, that probably goes back to either one's overall upbringing or personality.. ...Read more
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