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Does multiple sclerosis affect your heart?

Does multiple sclerosis affect your heart?

No: Ms effects white matter in the brain and spinal cord. It does not effect heart muscle. ...Read more

Dr. Patricia Foster
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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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Does multiple sclerosis cause heart arrhythmias?

Does multiple sclerosis cause heart arrhythmias?

Not usually: Ms originates in the brain and affects skeletal muscles, causing the person to loose voluntary control of them. It can also affect vision, causing optic neuritis and sometimes blindness, double vision or other visual problems. It can also cause cognitive problems and dementia. However, it doesn't typically affect the heart directly. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a person with no heart disease have an attack that leads to a heart attack if they have multiple sclerosis?

Is it possible for a person with no heart disease have an attack that leads to a heart attack if they have multiple sclerosis?

NO: Multiple sclerosis does NOT involve the heart directly in any fashion. The drug Gilenya (fingolimod) could affect cardiac rhythm within the first 6 hrs of use, but otherwise, would not expect a "heart attack". ...Read more

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Dr. What if on last MRI the lesions of multiple sclerosis disappear? Is that means that I'm healed? Yeah I'm the patient

Dr. What if on last MRI the lesions of multiple sclerosis disappear? Is that means that I'm healed? Yeah I'm the patient

Comments: The MRI lesions in MS do NOT typically "disappear", and if this has happened, you did NOT have MS. Get a neurological consultation, but under the circumstances truly doubt your original diagnosis. ...Read more

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I had a neck X-ray today to look for lesions of multiple sclerosis. I wasn't aware they could be seen on an x-ray? Can they?

I had a neck X-ray today to look for lesions of multiple sclerosis. I wasn't aware they could be seen on an x-ray? Can they?

No: Mri shows the anatomy of the spinal cord tissue. X-ray does not, but may show pathology which may account for symptoms, unrelated to a question of ms. ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but it didn't show up on the mri, could I still have ms? What else could it be? I'm negative for lupus

I have all the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but it didn't show up on the mri, could I still have ms? What else could it be? I'm negative for lupus

Lots of things: Ruling MS in or out is much easier than it used to be, but it still requires training, skill & expertise that you'll never get from "Doctor Google." It isn't just laypeople who lack the knowledge & experience to distinguish MS from conditions that superficially resemble MS but aren't; the average US nonneurologist physician isn't confident of his/her ability to do so either. ...Read more

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What are the odds that I'm going to develop multiple sclerosis? How common is this?

Variable.: If you have identical twin with MS, about 30%, but if no relative and you live north of latitudes 39-42, could be as high as 1 in 545 in the general population. About 450, 000 cases thought to be in USA, in a population over 300, 000, 000. ...Read more

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I recently diagnosed by multiple sclerosis, and I don't know what to do I'm afraid to take medication.

I recently diagnosed by multiple sclerosis, and I don't know what to do I'm afraid to take medication.

Multiple sclerosis: First, I wish you will get better and get over this disease, and that can't be achieved without specialists supervision, neurologists and other physicians, and taking medications prescribed according to your stage / severity of the disease, if questioning the diagnosis, get a second opnion. If really anxious / depressed seek psychiatric help, but don't just stay put, good luck ...Read more

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Treatment of multiple sclerosis is for life or temporary taking s.c injection of betaferon?

Treatment of multiple sclerosis is for life or temporary taking s.c injection of betaferon?

Need chronically: Some advice, there are pills available, but where you live, might be tough to get. Nonetheless, do not miss your injections, and add Vitamin D-3 about 5000-10000 units per day. We do not have a clear idea when to stop the MS meds, and in those older patients who I have stopped, a few have had relapses. Stay tuned, drugs to be used differently are on the horizon. (even Lemtrada) ...Read more

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All test Negative. No multiple Sclerosis! Who or where can I go to find out why I'm having problems bending my leg. NO PAIN!!! ?

All test Negative. No multiple Sclerosis! Who or where can I go to find out why I'm having problems bending my leg. NO PAIN!!! ?

Painless leg problem: I'm a bit confused. You state "No multiple Sclerosis! " but in your Clinical Findings: Conditions, you list "Multiple sclerosis". You also didn't describe where you're having painless difficulty bending your leg: hip? Knee? Ankle? My suggestion is to have your Family Doc refer you to Sports Med specialist, Rheumatologist, Orthopedic surgeon & even Neurologist esp if MS. Have u had EMG/NCV? Biopsy? ...Read more

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I have multiple sclerosis & the symptoms of diabetes are so similar how do I know if I'm a diabetic? My dr. Refers everything to multiple sclerosis.

I have multiple sclerosis & the symptoms of diabetes are so similar how do I know if I'm a diabetic? My dr. Refers everything to multiple sclerosis.

Easy: The test for diabetes is simple - it is just a blood test. It is important not to attribute everything you experience to ms. However, it is possible your doctor has already done some additional testing and has ruled-out diabetes. Many patients are not aware of all the tests that are run when they go to the lab and have blood drawn. Just ask your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do high temperatures make multiple sclerosis symptoms worse? I live in a hot climate and really love being outside, but I can’t much anymore because my MS symptoms get really bad. Why does that happen and is there anything I can take or do so I can en

Complex: If the insulation (myelin) is damaged in nerve fibers, the heat promotes intracellular potassium to leach out, worsening nerve fnctn. A drug such as Ampyra may help stabilize, and since fatigue is an issue, might try Ritalin or nuvigil. Best approach, more potent drug such as gilenya, tysabri, (natalizumab) or even the forthcoming bg-12, and take vit d. ...Read more

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What to do if I have multiple sclerosis but I can't afford lumbar puncture?

What to do if I have multiple sclerosis but I can't afford lumbar puncture?

Do you need it?: I will do lumbar puncture in pts who are not convincingly diagnosed using MRI images, and who may have alternative diagnoses. If your MRI is diagnostic, you do not need an lp. But you should be starting a disease modifying agent asap. See a neurologist and get a plan in place. Supplement vitamin d-3. ...Read more

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What are good hobbies to take up when you have multiple sclerosis and your hands don't work?

What are good hobbies to take up when you have multiple sclerosis and your hands don't work?

Sorry about hands: Although this is very tough, I commend your search for an attractive way to occupy your time. Perhaps consider charity work, or take classes at local schools to learn about items you may never have had time for. Perhaps watch older movies or read books using newer electronic devices. Travel and museums may be of interest, and perhaps you can become part of a group thru ms society. ...Read more

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Neuro help needed: I'm 18 male and have optic neuritis. What are my chances of having multiple sclerosis?

Neuro help needed: I'm 18 male and have optic neuritis. What are my chances of having multiple sclerosis?

Statistical risk: According to data from optic neuritis treatment trial, risk of clinically definite ms, if MRI lacks any lesions is 25% by 15 yrs, but, if only one white matter lesion, the risk escalates to 72%. Therefore, get followup MRI studies, and find neurologist who focuses in ms to work with. Please do not worry, newer meds are far more successful these days. Do supplement vitamin d-3. ...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

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