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Can Multiple Sclerosis Cause Sciatica Pains
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes: This has been reported with MSGet a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
No but..: There is no direct relationship but studies have shown that people with ms who smoke do worse! ...Read more
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
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