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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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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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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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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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Because of multiple sclerosis, I get optic neuritis every time I relapse. It normally doesn't take long to heal but I have had it now since december. ?

Because of multiple sclerosis, I get optic neuritis every time I relapse. It normally doesn't take long to heal but I have had it now since december. ?

Generic answer: To do this properly, suggest you schedule Concierge visit online so this can be fully analyzed. But am concerned about your basic disease modifying therapy, your current vision, and future status. All of this can be successfully treated with appropriate care. ...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