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What is the best way to manage an accute onset of an MS flare at home?

What is the best way to manage an accute onset of an MS flare at home?

Are you serious?: Acute flares often require hospitalization and aggressive treatment. Your question should be addressed to your own neurologist. ...Read more

Dr. Betsey Benson
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Group Homes (Definition)

Group homes are houses where people with certain medical conditions may live and receive some medical assistance while still maintaining ...Read more


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Can you tell me if there are good creams or home remedies to help ease the pain of MS sufferers?

Can you tell me if there are good creams or home remedies to help ease the pain of MS sufferers?

Mostly not: Patients with more advanced MS and limited mobility can have pain from joints & contractures. But MS pts have much less physical disability these days with all the disease-modifying therapies of the last 20 years or so. MS pain is often central, i.e. not due to injured tissue; the CNS is giving itself false pain messages. Topical agents won't work for that; you need modern centrally-acting drugs. ...Read more

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What's the age group of been diagnosed with MS is it more and young people or older people?

What's the age group of been diagnosed with MS is it more and young people or older people?

Multiple ages: MS can affect young people, but it can also wait until middle age to become apparent. Peak onset is 20-30 years, but can occur as last as the 60s (rarely). More women than men are affected. ...Read more

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Are there any good biofeedback products i can use at home for ms? I can't find a doctor who specializes in it in my area.

Are there any good biofeedback products i can use at home for ms? I can't find a doctor who specializes in it in my area.

Biofeedback site: One biofeedback site that has reputable equipment and interactive games in the $400 to $500 range is www.Wilddivine.Com. Another site that has a wide variety of equipment, including simple skin temperature and gsr devices is www.Bio-medical.Com. Find qualified therapists at www.Bcia.Org and at www.Aapb.Org. ...Read more

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I have MS and depression, i exercise, meditate and attend, group. Any diet suggestions?

I have MS and depression, i exercise, meditate and attend, group.  Any diet suggestions?

Maybe useful: Classic ms diet was swank low fat, a good healthy approach, which may have some modest benefit. Vit d supplements definitely advised, about 5-10, 000 units daily. A b-complex vitamin prep may be of limited benefit, but not clear. Stay active and socialize, get regular sleep, and try to be positive as your depression could become a barrier. Aerobic exercise and stress management are great. ...Read more

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I just got home from hospital being treated for MS flare with solumedrol, (methylprednisolone) my symptoms are back. What should I do? They are just as bad

I just got home from hospital being treated for MS flare with solumedrol, (methylprednisolone) my symptoms are back. What should I do? They are just as bad

See neurologist: If your relapse is worsening, you need to find out if it is a steroid treatment failure (if so, you might need course of Acthar or plasmaphereis), but you could possess an infection or metabolic issues, slowing recovery. I do NOT find a specific MS medication listed. I presume you overlooked this, but the best overall approach is prevention via potent agent such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya. ...Read more

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I'm o negative blood group, my grandma died of ms, i've read o negatives are prone to auto-immune conditions, is this true and could i be affected?

I'm o negative blood group, my grandma died of ms, i've read o negatives are prone to auto-immune conditions, is this true and could i be affected?

Not at risk: Statistically, based on your family history, odds of getting ms, similar to general population and no higher. Likewise other autoimmune disorders of low risk. ...Read more

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Does diet affect ms?

Does diet affect ms?

Unlikely: I am not aware of a link of diet to causation of ms, but many people with MS tend to be constipated, which can be aggravated by dietary factors. ...Read more

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At what age can you get ms?

At what age can you get ms?

Varies: Typical average age of onset about 29-30 yrs, but children can develop at a quite young age. And have made diagnosis rarely in older pts, in late 50's and early 60's. ...Read more

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What does MS do to your body?

What does MS do to your body?

See below: An inflammatory attack on the coverings of nerves in the brain and spinal cord can cause loss of vision, weakness or paralysis, bowel or bladder dysfnctn, numbness or tingling, dizziness or imbalance, fatigue, cognitive and emotional problems, and eventual disability. However, in this day and age, we can treat and control this malady. ...Read more

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Can you get disability for ms?

Can you get disability for ms?

Yes, possible: Unfortunately, many with MS develop progressive disability, which leads to inability to work. Social security disability and private disability policies can be available for many of these unfortunate individuals. ...Read more

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What is a good medication for ms?

What is a good medication for ms?

SEVERAL CHOICES: If you have relapsing-remitting form, many meds are available. Many ms specialists are now recommending using the most potent drugs available, especially in first few years. Tysabri, (natalizumab) followed by gilenya, and possibly bg-12 (not yet available) might be good items. Copaxone if a young women who wants kids, but not very potent. Vitamin d-3 supplements are crucial in some. See ms specialist. ...Read more

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Does MS always progress the same way?

MS varies: MS is a variable illness. About 1/7 cases are very simple, with few attacks and symptoms. Many cases have multiple relapses, some cases result in progressive illness, and some rare cases are very aggressive or difficult to treat. MS has become a much more manageable illness with good outcomes over the past 20-30 years, although there are exceptions too. ...Read more

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Will i get MS if my grandmother had it?

Will i get MS if my grandmother had it?

Highly unlikely: The risk of ms if your own mother had it is about 3-5%. With grandmothers, the risk is well below 1%. Ms is a complex disorder, and only genetic susceptibility plays a role if environmental triggers are present. Thus, do not worry. ...Read more

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What foods are best for people with ms?

What foods are best for people with ms?

Suggest you consider: Historically, the low fat swank diet seemed to improve the relapse rate, and two older nutritional studies confirmed a modest effect. A few doctors thought some foods to be harmful and looked at "pulse counting", but this has never been proven. Not a food, but vitamin d supplements seem quite important, as low levels result in worse outcomes. ...Read more

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What's the.Difference between MS and cp?

Several: CP is not progressive, does not remit and is present from birth. If very mild, it may go unnoticed for awhile. Ms usually starts in mid-adulthood. Symptoms can come & go or move around to different places but eventually ms usually does progress. The one thing they do have in common is that they are neurological diseases and some treatment efforts can be similar. Perhaps a neurologist will say more. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is degenerative ms?

A phase: We conceive that ms starts with inflammatory attack on the central nervous system, followed by a less intensive but gradually deteriorating process which is termed degenerative. So, the original relapsing-remitting course transforms at some point to a secondary progressive process. Without treatment 90% proceed by 20 yrs. Yet, potent and early treatment is designed to prevent the disability. ...Read more

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Are there any other diseases that mimic ms?

Are there any other diseases that mimic ms?

Yes: Unfortunately, many symptoms of MS are shared in common with other medical conditions. Your neurologist will be in a good position to screen for these issues once a thorough review of medical history and exam findings are available. ...Read more

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Please help me find answer to questions on ms?

Please help me find answer to questions on ms?

Some resources: This depends on what kind of questions. A neurologist, neurology medical provider, or an MS center could help. There are facebook pages where thousands of patients share information with each other. There are several helpful societies and websites, such as this one here: http://multiplesclerosis.com/us/ ...Read more

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