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What are the tests for maternal history of multiple sclerosis?

What are the tests for maternal history of multiple sclerosis?

See answer below: Currently there is not genetic or other diagnostic testing for multiple sclerosis. Neurological symptoms history is only partially helpful, as other conditions sometimes can mimic ms. ...Read more

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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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My wife is 37 and has multiple sclerosis. She wants to get pregnant but i'm afraid that stopping her medication will do her harm. Is it safe?

My wife is 37 and has multiple sclerosis. She wants to get pregnant but i'm afraid that stopping her medication will do her harm. Is it safe?

Multiple sclerosis: It is a concern. Removing certain medications can increase the relapse rate immediately after stopping the medication (immune reconstitution syndrome). This is not seen with the older "platform" therapies. Copaxone (glatiramer) is category b for pregnancy. Nevertheless, all my patients have opted to stay off medication during their pregnancies. Good thing is relapse rate is reduced during 2-3rd trimester. ...Read more

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Can masturbation cause lupus or multiple sclerosis?

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 it harmful to the pregnant woman with multiple sclerosis is she has a baby?

Is it harmful to the pregnant woman with multiple sclerosis is she has a baby?

No: There is no harm to mother or child of a pregnant patient with multiple sclerosis. There is no increase in the relapse rate with anesthesia or c-section. Actually, the relapse rate drops during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the chances that a baby could get multiple sclerosis if one of the parents has ms?

What are the chances that a baby could get multiple sclerosis if one of the parents has ms?

Fairly low.: Although risk of first degree relatives passing on ms susceptibility runs btwn 15-35 times, the actual chance of mother to child is about 3-5 % and father to child lower at 1-2%. So unlikely that will occur in most cases, if one excludes environmental influences. ...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

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How does multiple sclerosis cause depression? How and what is to the best way to treat depression in a patient with multiple sclerosis?

How does multiple sclerosis cause depression? How and what is to the best way to treat depression in a patient with multiple sclerosis?

NMS but...: You need to find out whether your physical limitation from the MS vs coexisting depression is the basic issue. It has been noted that regular exercise reduces MS problem (also depression ) as well as lower salt intake, cooler weather, and vitamin D3 supplement. You will need to work with your neurologist and mental health professional to sort this out. ...Read more

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Will having kidney stones cause me even greater issues because I also have Multiple Sclerosis? I'm in pain and extra fatigued.

Will having kidney stones cause me even greater issues because I also have Multiple Sclerosis? I'm in pain and extra fatigued.

Comments: Kidney stones are miserable and probably one of the most intense pains that humans can encounter, but will not make MS worse or trigger a relapse. If the stones are a nidus of infection, this could be an answer for your bladder infection. There is no causal relation between kidney stones and MS, and you could consider lithotripsy to deal with these. ...Read more

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Could any sort of head injury/brain damage cause multiple sclerosis?

Could any sort of head injury/brain damage cause multiple sclerosis?

No, trauma does not : Cause ms. Rather it is a disease in those who possess a genetic susceptibility, brought to clinical attention by environmental causes, and this sequence evolves into an autoimmune process. Injury may seem to worsen ms, but this represents an additive damage, not a cause. ...Read more

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Multiple Sclerosis (Definition)

Multiple sclerosis is 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