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End Stage Multiple Sclerosis
What medications can help with nerve pain caused by my multiple sclerosis? I have tried gabapentin and oxcabazapine and both have stopped working.
A disorder causing usually episodic loss of myelin (demyelination) which disrupts function of central nervous system. Can lead to nerve damage because nerve requires myelin to function best. Classically relapsing and remitting or chronic and progressive. The former is characterized by transient neurological episodes of dysfunction separate in time and in space ...Read more
Let's assess: I have no information about your course, location of symptoms, additional problems, or even if you take medications or even have a doctor. Generically, if you do have ms, take vitamin d supplements, use a potent medication such as gilenya, tysabri, or tecfidera, as these could reverse prior problems. Make sure you do not possess a neuropathy secondary to b-12 deficiency. ...Read more
On one side of my family runs multiple sclerosis and im sure whether or not i will end up having it is well. Is there any test for early detection?
Maybe: First, more than 80% of all ms cases are non-familial. Second, at most you might have a 5% risk. Third, even if your MRI showed lesions consistent with radiologically isolated syndrome, it would not be appropriate to treat until you demonstrate clinically definite ms, or your spinal fluid is showing active abnormalities. Your risk is low, but seek neurological consult if you are worried. ...Read more
Is MS hug seen in early stages of Multiple sclerosis also is it possible to have it in right calf region?
The "MS hug": ...happens when the muscles of the ribcage go into spasm, causing a tight, squeezing feeling (and sometimes pain) in the chest. It may be triggered by overheating, fatigue or fever. MS can cause spasm of any skeletal muscle, including the calf. Other disorders can cause muscle spasms & MS can get worse , especially if untreated, so it's best to see a doctor about your symptoms. ...Read more
Might be difficult: In a friend who is being treated and controlled with potent meds, you might think they look completely normal. If undiagnosed, they might display inordinate fatigue, get confused with poor memory, have bad balance, trouble with visual loss, weakness in legs, etc. This is a complex area for most physicians, and an ms specialty focused neurologist is critical. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Hard to Say: The exact causes of multiple sclerosis (MS) are unknown. It's believed to be an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system attacks its own tissues. In MS, this process destroys myelin, the fatty substance that coats and protects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Absolutely, exercise: Years ago, self-appointed all-knowing "experts" declared exercise "off-limits" for ms patients. We now know better, as aerobic exercise has a mild immune suppressant effect and not only enhances fitness and general well-being, but also improves ms quality of life. Just remember to pace yourself and if you get overheated take time out to cool down, but do not become inactive ever. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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