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Can multiple sclerosis cause sciatica pains?

Can multiple sclerosis cause sciatica pains?

Yes: Its possible since MS can affect nerves not only in the brain but also in the spinal cord. Alternatively, diseases like Transverse Myelitis (related to MS) can occur and cause pain in a sciatic pattern as well. ...Read more

Dr. M. Hytham Beck
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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 stress cause multiple sclerosis?

Can stress cause multiple sclerosis?

Stress: Can exacerbate ms symptoms, but not cause it. ...Read more

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Can cocaine cause multiple sclerosis?

Can cocaine cause multiple sclerosis?

No: It does not cause ms. But, it does cause a host of other issues. ...Read more

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What is the cause of multiple sclerosis and how is it realatedo to white mitochontrial dna?

What is the cause of multiple sclerosis and how is it realatedo to white mitochontrial dna?

Not known: We know this so far, ms is an autoimmune disease associated with genetic susceptibility, and environmental triggers (including increased incidence with prior ebv infections, low levels of vitamin d, growing up north of latitude 39, smoking, eating high fat, high salt diet, etc). Not sure what you mean by mitochondria, but these cellular contents are damaged by ms lesions. ...Read more

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If you had multiple sclerosis would it be possible for it to cause pain in your head as well? Not just in your back.

Of course: Multiple sclerosis can cause facial pain in the form of trigeminal neuralgia, which is an attack of severe pain lasting a few seconds at a time. There is clearly a comorbidity with migraine as at least 52% of ms pts have these headaches. Also, a lesion in the midbrain/periaqueductal grey area is associated with frequent headaches and head pains. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of multiple sclerosis or spinal tumors?

What could be the cause of multiple sclerosis or spinal tumors?

Unknown: We do not know why some folks get spinal tumors, although some could be secondary to tumor spread from elsewhere, such as lung cancers, maybe associated with smoking. Genetics may play a role. Ms susceptibility can be associated with genetics and environmental influences, but the final cause remains unclear. ...Read more

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What is the cause of multiple sclerosis?

What is the cause of multiple sclerosis?

Unknown: Multiple sclerosis is a central nervous system disorder caused by the still unknown interplay of genetics, environment and immunology. ...Read more

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What are the causes of multiple sclerosis?

Hard to Say: The exact causes of multiple sclerosis (MS) are unknown. It's believed to be an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system attacks its own tissues. In MS, this process destroys myelin, the fatty substance that coats and protects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. ...Read more

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Can multiple sclerosis cause other conditions?

Can multiple sclerosis cause other conditions?

Not directly: But, complications due to MS can occur. Such as bladder infections, falling resulting in bone fractures, osteoporosis due to frequent steroids or immobilization, risk of medication adverse events such as hypertension or liver abnormalities or thyroid issues. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what kind of pain does multiple sclerosis cause?

Can you tell me what kind of pain does multiple sclerosis cause?

Several : The electrical shock sensations over the neck and upper back associated with lhermitte's, the intense facial pain associated with tic douleureux, the vague aching encountered over trunk or legs, and less common syndromes. But most common is migraine headaches, which occur at frequency of 2-4 times those who do not have ms. ...Read more

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Can working in a kitchen as a line cook for 11 years cause multiple sclerosis?

Can working in a kitchen as a line cook for 11 years cause multiple sclerosis?

No: Neurobiology is gradually inching closer to discovering the cause of MS, but we're not there yet. Epidemiological studies going way back have identified a wide range of demographic factors having to do with race, sex, age, where you lived before your 15th birthday, etc. But you can't blame kitchen work for your MS. I hope that helps you to feel better rather than worse. ...Read more

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Are there medications that can help with mobility problems caused by multiple sclerosis?

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, (dalfampridine) but may not help everyone, just have to try it. The Best way to address mobility problem is to be using the most effective potent medications, and supplementing with vitamin d. ...Read more

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What actually is multiple sclerosis? Can it cause deaf?

Immunologic disorder: Ms is an immunologic disorder most commonly occurring in young adults. It is more common in northern latitudes, less common towards the equator. The immune system attacks the insulating covering of nerves, reducing transmission speed and"short-circuiting" the flow of information. Uncommonly it affects the auditory nerve producing hearing loss. I have never seen deafness as a result, it's possible. ...Read more

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What are the causes, effects, treatment of multiple sclerosis?

What are the causes, effects, treatment of multiple sclerosis?

Complex : We do not know the exact cause of this autoimmune disease that attacks brain and spinal cord, but do find that both heredity and environment play roles in susceptibility. We are gaining new medicines which are far more potent (altho maybe risky), which can control the disease far better. The most potent available include tysabri (natalizumab) and gilenya. No cure yet, but stay tuned, it is close. ...Read more

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Hi doc's what causes "multiple sclerosis"? What signs it appears?

Hi doc's what causes "multiple sclerosis"? What signs it appears?

Current thinking: Ms is an autoimmune disorder, which occurs in genetically susceptible folks, associated with environmental influences. But to date, we don't have all the information to prevent the onset. Various presenting signs provide clues of the onset of the disease. Since this is so complex, recommend going to mayo clinic site, wikipedia, or www.Aan. Com. ...Read more

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What causes progressive Multiple sclerosis to start moving rapidly?

What causes progressive Multiple sclerosis to start moving rapidly?

Complex: We now classify progressive disease as active or non-active, and an aggressive transformation can well be indicative of new superimposed systemic or local inflammation. Specific medication intervention might well help, but you need an experienced MS specialist, which is available in Las Vegas at Lou Ruvo Center of Cleveland Clinic. ...Read more

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Is multiple sclerosis caused by a gene?

Is multiple sclerosis caused by a gene?

No: The cause of multiple sclerosis is unknown, there is some evidence that is related to a viral infection and there is evidence that genetics plays a part. However, there is no conclusive evidence that there is a single cause. In the end, we may find that "susceptible" individuals exposed to a trigger at the "right" age, with the right genetic profile go on to develop ms--thus a multifactorial cause. ...Read more

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Multiple sclerosis cause loss of use of hands?

Multiple sclerosis cause loss of use of hands?

It can: Lesions of MS are present at multiple locations in the brain and spinal cord. Depending on the anatomic location of the lesions, a person could lose the use of hands. Legs are generally affected more than arms. ...Read more

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Can multiple sclerosis cause loss of use of hands?

Can multiple sclerosis cause loss of use of hands?

See answer below: Absolutely. The spectrum of MS symptoms is wide and anything can be seen with MS depending on where CNS lesions are located. On occasions, someone may lose function in their hands from MS whether it be secondary to weakness, loss of proprioception or simply from loss of sensation. ...Read more

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What causes multiple sclerosis and loss of use of hands?

What causes multiple sclerosis and loss of use of hands?

Cause not known: The cause/etiology of MS has not been elucidated. The damage in MS is due to demyelenation of nerve fibers in the central nervous system. It is like losing the insulation on electrical wires and nerve impulses do not travel normally. Depending on the location of the lesions a person may lose the use of hands. Lesions affect legs more than arms. ...Read more

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Does multiple sclerosis cause you to lose the use of your hands?

Yes: Ms has myriad variations, and each patient is different, but many advanced patients will lose use of one arm and hand, if appropriate therapeutic intervention is not undertaken. Rarely, I have seen bilateral upper limb problems, but more often early on, the legs are most affected. Also, need to consider that ms pts can suffer nerve compressions in the arms which adds to disability. ...Read more

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What are the causes of fatigue and depression in people suffering from multiple sclerosis?

Burden of disease: Fatique and even depression seem associated with more numerous lesions in ms. Depression can be also caused by use of the older interferon injectables. ...Read more

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Can masturbation cause lupus or multiple sclerosis?

No: (excuse me, but I thought it caused "blindness".) Do not worry, there is absolutely no relationship with masturbation and lupus or ms. If it were the case, most men in america would have both! Masturbation is a natural activity and don't get caught up in a cause and effect frenzy, as I am unaware of any severe potential for disease. ...Read more

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Is optic neuritis always caused by multiple sclerosis?

Is optic neuritis always caused by multiple sclerosis?

Not always: But, if there is but one MRI white matter lesion associated with optic neuritis, about 75% of pts have developed clinically definite ms by 14 years. In other words, you may need followup for a period if you have suffered optic neuritis. Find an experienced ms specialized neurologist and discuss your situation. ...Read more

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Is optic neuritis sometimes caused by multiple sclerosis?

No: Though optic neuritis might be the first presentation in someone who will develop ms, there are many times when it is simply optic neuritis. A thorough history and examination by a neurologist can help address for you whether you might already have ms, or simply optic neuritis. ...Read more

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Would active multiple sclerosis cause an elevated CRP or sedimentation rate?

Would active multiple sclerosis cause an elevated CRP or sedimentation rate?

ESR and cRP in MS. : Being multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory condition, it would not be unreasonable to think that the ESR and CRP could be elevated when the condition is active. That being said, ESR and CRP are very nonspecific markers and in and of themselves should not be used diagnostically in this context. ...Read more

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Can lesions on the brain(as in multiple sclerosis) ever be caused by smoking ciggarettes?

No but..: There is no direct relationship but studies have shown that people with ms who smoke do worse! ...Read more

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Can I have multiple sclerosis and not know it? Also, can MS cause ANA titers to be positive?

Can I have multiple sclerosis and not know it?  Also, can MS cause ANA titers to be positive?

No: Ms is a diagnosis based on clinical findings and certain tests, especially an MRI and spinal fluid. If you have no symptoms, you do not have ms. A positive ANA is possible but unusual. ...Read more

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How is the treatment for multiple sclerosis? Will my tinnitus (caused by multiple sclerosis) go away after I treat it?

Hard to predict.: If you have Multiple Sclerosis, you should be using specific MS medication, and do NOT understand why you are using ginkgo, which is totally useless for any neurological disease. Tinnitus may be due to inner ear issue and best to evaluate using audiological/ otological testing. ...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


Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more