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Can multiple sclerosis be screened for prior to any signs or symptoms?

Can multiple sclerosis be screened for prior to any signs or symptoms?

Not easily: There are small studies looking at the risk of developing early stage MS (clinically isolated syndrome) after getting an MRI (for non-ms reasons) which has changes very suspicious for MS lesions. The risk is low but not zero, with a minority of cases going on to have a neurological event which would put them into a clinically isolated symdrome category. Screening MRI are not currently advised. ...Read more

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Dr. Neigatha Graney
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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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Can a high fever for several days with no other symptoms be an MS exacerbation?

Can a high fever for several days with no other symptoms be an MS exacerbation?

Fever and MS: MS should not cause a fever. Often, MS will feel worse with a high temperature, either in the weather, or when you have a fever. In fact, a simple infection can make MS symptoms feel much worse. If you had a fever and fatigue, or if your old MS symptoms came back, the fever was probably the cause, but the MS probably did not cause the fever. You should not consider this to be a relapse of MS. ...Read more

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Are there any signs to look for before a seizure?

Are there any signs to look for before a seizure?

Seizures: 'opinion not a decision'. Every shake is not a seizure; all seizures do not shake. Seizures have many causes including: alcohol and alcohol withdrawal; drugs; prescribed medications; brain injury; stroke; brain tumor; family history; look for urinary incontinance; tongue bite; staring spells; loss in time; rising feeling in your chest; unususal or familiar smell in the absence of the source etc. ...Read more

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Do you have to be diag first with coronary atherscherososis from smoking or any other risk factor to have a heart attack are there tests? any age?

Do you have to be diag first with coronary atherscherososis from smoking or any other risk factor to have a heart attack  are there tests? any age?

Heart attack: you do not have to be diagnosed first, since coronary disease may present suddenly and without any prior symptoms. However the typical presentation is Chest pain on exertion. The best way to diagnose it is with a stress test ...Read more

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Can a PET-CT determine whether or not cancer is present in the body? Are there any other conditions these tests can diagnose?

Can a PET-CT determine whether or not cancer is present in the body? Are there any other conditions these tests can diagnose?

Not always: Scans pick up masses -- cancers that have reached a volume of billions of cells. Scans pick up a huge variety of non-malignant lesions, and many cancers, but other tests -- mammograms, routine blood work, pap smears, more -- are also part of routine cancer surveillance. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms related to eyes does someone with multiple sclerosis have?

What are some symptoms related to eyes does someone with multiple sclerosis have?

Several: Most common is optic neuritis, with unilateral loss of vision, pain on eye motion, and washout of colors. Abnormal eye movements with double vision may occur with brainstem inflammation, (mlf syndrome), various eye incoordination issues can occur, and vertigo could be due to eye or ear. Some develop optic atrophy, and others may get uveitis or macular edema associated with meds. Pars planitis? ...Read more

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Can there be any distinct symptoms that are related to lupus if you have hypermobility?

Can there be any distinct symptoms that are related to lupus if you have hypermobility?

Not really: Other than some joint area aches and pains, there is not much similarity. Lab tests and a physical exam should make the distinction fairly simple. ...Read more

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For what length of time can you actually have symptoms of multiple sclerosis before you are diagnosed?

For what length of time can you actually have symptoms of multiple sclerosis before you are diagnosed?

Could be years: Have seen many patients who have clearcut MS, who had delayed diagnoses up to 5-10 yrs after onset of first problems. Many reasons for this, including lack of insurance, denial of disease, fears of physicians, moving from place to place and not completing evaluations, being diagnosed as having psychiatric problems, etc. ...Read more

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Can sine sclerederma show up all of the sudden. Without previous symptoms or other ongoing problems?

Can sine sclerederma show up all of the sudden. Without previous symptoms or other ongoing problems?

Sine Scleroderma: Sine scleroderma is a systemic illness characterized by raynaud's phenomenon and scar tissue on one or more internal organs but not the skin. The cause of sine scleroderma is unknown. It is an autoimmune condition which can have abrupt onset of symptoms like reynaud's, although this is uncommon, and fibrotic changes take lengthy periods to develop. ...Read more

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There are about 15 types of cancer. How many of them can a person be pre-screened for before there is any patient detected pain or visible problem?

There are about 15 types of cancer. How many of them can a person be pre-screened for before there is any patient detected pain or visible problem?

15?: There are way more than 15 types of cancer. You can potentially get cancer from every kind of cell or organ that's in your body. There are screening tests for some but not all, which I'm sure you are aware of. Mammography for breast cancer, colonoscopy for colon cancer, annual visual inspection for skin cancer, PAP smears, prostate exams, dental exams for oral cancers, are some that come to mind. ...Read more

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Can you have a predisposition to multiple myeloma or lymphoma?

Can you have a predisposition to multiple myeloma or lymphoma?

Yes - RR 2.0 to 4.0: Relative risk (rr) incr mgus 2.8, myeloma 2.9, lpl/wm 4.0, cll 2.0. From landgren et al. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19182202 the myeloma cytogenetics are reviewed in greenberg et al. May 2013 -- http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/23647020. ...Read more

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Can a cyst that has been untreated for years lead to fatigue or any other physical symptoms?

Can a cyst that has been untreated for years lead to fatigue or any other physical symptoms?

More information: What kind of cysts are we talking about? Try to cut back on the amount of caffeinated drinks, try to sleep 8 hours a day and exercise regularly, check your blood count to make sure you don't have Anemia and also your thyroid function to make sure your thyroid works ok. ...Read more

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In the meantime though, can you tell me what other signs or symptoms are associated with thyroid?

In the meantime though, can you tell me what other signs or symptoms are associated with thyroid?

Thyroid: Symptoms that could occur with hypothyroidism include: depressed & irritable mood, decreased sex drive, problems with memory, weight gain, cold sensitivity, hair loss or dryness, dry skin, constipation, change in periods, feeling weak & tired with muscle aches & pains. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism may include: rapid, pounding heart beat, weight loss, feeling anxious, tremor, ^ sweating, heat >. ...Read more

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Are only fissures or lesions attributable to proctolgia fugax? Or can you have these spasms for no reason?

Are only fissures or lesions attributable to proctolgia fugax?  Or can you have these spasms for no reason?

No reason : Anal fissures, fistula & hemorrhoidal disease can cause anorectal pain. Proctalgia fugax or rectal pain & spasms can result from these conditions but many times the cause of proctalgia fugax is never determined as it is generally a poorly understood & often difficult to treat disorder. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what other signs or symptoms are associated with thyroid?

Thyroid: Symptoms that could occur with hypothyroidism include: depressed & irritable mood, decreased sex drive, problems with memory, weight gain, cold sensitivity, hair loss or dryness, dry skin, constipation, change in periods, feeling weak & tired with muscle aches & pains. Symptoms of hyperthyroidism may include: rapid, pounding heart beat, weight loss, feeling anxious, tremor, ^ sweating, heat >>. ...Read more

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If you had an autoimmune issue or other things that cause recurrent miscarriage would you know without testing. Are there clear symptoms?

If you had an autoimmune issue or other things that cause recurrent miscarriage would you know without testing. Are there clear symptoms?

Not necessarily: The usual approach is to look for underlying causes if there has been a second miscarriage. The major diseases for which testing should be done are the clotting disorders such as antiphospholipid antibodies as well as others. Miscarriages may be the only clinical symptom of these disorders. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of HIV and how early to see the signs? Also, can HIV be contracted without symptoms?

What are the symptoms of HIV and how early to see the signs? Also, can HIV be contracted without symptoms?

Acute HIV.: There is such a thing as "acute retroviral syndrome" which occurs within the first week of infection, wherein you feel a bad flu-like illness which is accompanied by diffuse lymph node enlargement. This episode is not a guarantee, but it could happen. After that, HIV can lay dormant for several months to years. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Multiple Sclerosis (Definition)

A progressive disease that interferes with the functioning of the central nervous system and brain. Symptoms include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred ...Read more