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Doctor insights on: Degenerative Nerve Diseases Multiple Sclerosis

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How can you make sure you don't get degenerative nerve diseases?

How can you make sure you don't get degenerative nerve diseases?

Nerve diseases: Which disease you have on mind? Just don't get old! i guess the disease that comes to my mind is B12 deficiency which may be treated. It causes anemia, peripheral neuropathy and dementia. Check your levels during your yearly physical exam or if you have symptoms suggestive of the above. Other neurological conditions cannot be prevented. ...Read more

Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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What can I do at home to save money and treat degenerative nerve diseases?

What disease?: I am unaware of degenerative nerve disease. You listed ALS and alzheiner's in your tags....Is that what you mean? ...Read more

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What are the concerns with having degenerative nerve diseases?

What are the concerns with having degenerative nerve diseases?

Loss of sensation: I'm assuming you are referring to peripheral nerve degeneration, which typically affects the longest nerves (toes and feet followed by fingers and hands). Loss of sensation predisposes to skin trauma and ulcers as well as joint changes. Loss of strength typically occurs later in the course. ...Read more

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Is multiple sclerosis and sarcoidosis in the same disease family?

Is multiple sclerosis and sarcoidosis in the same disease family?

No relationship: Sarcoid affects lung, liver, predominantly, and brain far less frequently, and usually at base of brain, causing a bell's palsy perhaps. Ms affects brain and spinal cord, and stays within central nervous system. Does not affect lung or liver directly. ...Read more

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Would you know of a link between neuromuscular disease and multiple sclerosis?

Would you know of a link between neuromuscular disease and multiple sclerosis?

Not usually: However, rarely a patient may suffer ms, and also, a peripheral nerve disorder called chronic demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy. But no true association between this central nervous disorder and nerve/ muscle disease. ...Read more

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Ex-Abuser curious to find out if drug abuse is considered a strong risk for developing diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis? Thank you :)

Ex-Abuser curious to find out if drug abuse is considered a strong risk for developing diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis? 
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Interesting question: At this time, answer is a definitive NO, as we do not find either legal or illegal drugs associated with MS risk factors. Some drugs, such as amphetamines, and cocaine, and METH, cause risk of stroke and/or heart attacks, and other drugs can cause Parkinson's like symptoms. But not MS. ...Read more

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Does Phenytoin can protect from Multiple sclerosis attacks ?because i read it can reducing the Nerve signals and i read that in the medical news

Does Phenytoin  can protect from Multiple sclerosis attacks ?because i read it  can reducing the Nerve signals and i read  that in the medical news

No: Dilantin is a great medication for seizure and sometimes used for off label neuropathic pain. Etiology of multiple sclerosis remains unknown but all of the medication aims at suppressing immune system with exception of one. So perhaps that's what they meant , used to treat neuropathy in ms pt? There are all sorts of studies going on. It's truly an exciting field !!! ...Read more

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What disease has symptoms similar to that of multiple sclerosis?

What disease has symptoms similar to that of multiple sclerosis?

Several: The confirmation of ms involves excluding several diseases that seem similar at times. Perhaps the biggest challenge is cadasil, a genetic disorder associated with migraines and small strokes. However, other disorders can cause confusion such as lupus, lyme disease, b-12 deficiency, sjogren's, arteritis, and a number of rare disorders. The MRI may seem similar in some of these cases. ...Read more

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Are there effects of smoking to the disease multiple sclerosis? What are they?

Are there effects of smoking to the disease multiple sclerosis? What are they?

BAD idea: Smoking increases risk of getting ms, and makes disease worse if pt does smoke. Very clear, in retrospect, that smoke is a mixture of many toxins, most of which can adversely affect the immune system. Stop smoking regardless of whether or not you have ms. ...Read more

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A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. Is this a fatal disease?

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis. Is this a fatal disease?

Cannot predict: Primary progressive ms is typically without rapid relapses, but also, without remission. Does not seem to respond well to meds employed in relapsing/remitting form. Most active therapy is symptomatic. However, research is ongoing with Gilenya (fingolimod) for ppms. Other drugs not yet on the market are being studied. Best bet is to get into one of these studies. Contact local medical school. Stay positive. ...Read more

Dr. MARIE DELCAMBRE
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Degenerative Nerve Diseases (Definition)

Degenerative nerve disease is a condition in which a person's nerves become more abnormal over time, and may eventually stop working. A person gets increasing problems with balance, movement, talking, swallowing, breathing, etc... Some conditions are hereditary (runs in families) due ...Read more


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