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What is the median life expectany for a woman with ms?

What is the median life expectany for a woman with ms?

Normal, but: Untreated MS can have a shortened lifespan of 8-14 yrs, but well treated MS can result in normal lifespan. Best study so far compared Betaseron with no treatment, and those on Betaseron lived full span. This could be expanded to more potent agents such as Gilenya or Tysabri, (natalizumab) which might not only live longer, but have less disease limitations. ...Read more

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Age 36 female forgeting things, spelling words, names, people and objects, moments of confustion, comes and goes MS test normal, getting worse?

Age 36 female forgeting things, spelling words, names, people and objects, moments of confustion, comes and goes MS test normal, getting worse?

Cognitive issues: Your description focuses on worsening intellectual function, which can be due to many causes at age 36. Consider medication rxtns, vitamin deficiencies, (thiamine or b-12), low thyroid, occult infections (hiv, syphilis), contact with toxins (even carbon monoxide exposure in home or car). Perhaps there are psychological issues, or unusual complications of migraine or epilepsy. Doubt ms. ...Read more

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Should a woman with MS have a baby or not take the chance?

Should a woman with MS have a baby or not take the chance?

See below: This should be a persona decision. If you want to have babies, there should be no reason you can't. I have female relatives with MS who have had children, and parents in my practice with ms. ...Read more

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What causes tingling in the left outer side of tongue? If this is the only symptom that she feels could it be ms? (asking for a female, 31) thanks!

What causes tingling in the left outer side of tongue? If this is the only symptom that she feels could it be ms? (asking for a female, 31) thanks!

Possibilities: It could be a number of things but sounds like a nerve is involved. I might suggest seeing a neurologist or orofacial pain specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Can women with MS have babies while on treatment or do they have to stop ?

Can women with MS have babies while on treatment or do they have to stop ?

Suggestions: Most MS drugs do have potential for fetal malformations, and are thus "teratogenic" risks. Copaxone seems safest, and Aubagio and Gilenya (fingolimod) may be riskiest. But I would tend to stop any of the MS drugs prior to pregnancy and would NOT restart until after birth, unless breast feeding desired, which would delay restarting med. ...Read more

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I am a 58 year old woman, who's feet are always cold and in pain I have been in good health although 3 years ago i had some MS type symptoms but the spinal fluid came back normal.

I am a 58 year old woman, who's feet are always cold and in pain I have been in good health although 3 years ago i had some MS type symptoms but the spinal fluid came back normal.

Foot symptoms: Having symptoms like that in your feet may indicate something bothering the nerves in your legs, such as peripheral neuropathy, rather than MS. The spinal fluid is only one test for MS however, so nothing is certain about the cause in this case. A repeat history and examination should be the next step. ...Read more

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57 yr female w/raynaud's 40 yr, MS 37 yr, severe nerve pain, cold, yet MS stable, nerve & vascular tests ok, all measures taken. Docs don't know?

57 yr female w/raynaud's 40 yr, MS 37 yr, severe nerve pain, cold, yet MS stable, nerve & vascular tests ok, all measures taken. Docs don't know?

Comments: Not sure what you are asking. If you have MS, pain is rather common, and usually easily treated. If the pain is widespread, you could have a co-morbidity, such as a peripheral neuropathy, which would need testing to confirm, and this could be due to several causes. Maybe, a second opinion is in order. ...Read more

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20 yr old female on novantrone for MS exp. dull left side chest pain for 3 days. pain is pretty mild, reaching only a 3 on the pain scale. concerning?

Not disconcerting: However, I do NOT like or use Mitoxantrone due to cardiovascular risk, and leukemia risk. Most MS focused neurologists have a similar attitude. Have absolutely no issues with Acthar, for use in relapses. I do not know history, but why not consider ongoing treatment with Gilenya or Tysabri, (natalizumab) both far safer and more effective. Should also be taking Vitamin D-3 supplements. (? consider rituxamab) ...Read more

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I have small red itchy burning red spots in my scalp. What causes this and what can I do about them? 49 female with ms

See dermatologist: This does not represent ms, but certainly could be a reaction to your meds, as some ms drugs can be immunosuppressants and create an infection susceptibility. Have this diagnosed and treated and reassess your current med approach. ...Read more