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How chemotherapy helps people with multiple sclerosis?

How chemotherapy helps people with multiple sclerosis?

Complex: Chemotherapy is being modified to be used in multiple sclerosis and many monoclonal antibodies are being studied. These drugs affect the immune system by modulating or suppressing the immune cells which promote inflammation and ultimate damage. One such drug, lemtrada, may arrive this fall. ...Read more

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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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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Is it safe to say that people with multiple sclerosis will eventually die from it?

Is it safe to say that people with multiple sclerosis will eventually die from it?

Not necessarily: Current research suggest that if patients are treated with potent disease modifying agents, they should live a generally normal lifespan. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what symptoms do people with multiple sclerosis exhibit?

Could you tell me what symptoms do people with multiple sclerosis exhibit?

Many: Not unique to present with visual loss in one eye, but could also see early loss of balance, weakness in legs, and peculiar numbness tingling and electrical sensations down the spine. Fatigue and cognitive issues could occur early. Disease is protean and may have numerous variations from person to person. ...Read more

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What are the dangers, if any, of taking cycles or "gear" for bodybuilding if that person had multiple sclerosis? I'm just curious.

What are the dangers, if any, of taking cycles or "gear" for bodybuilding if that person had multiple sclerosis? I'm just curious.

Not simple: Bodily temperature elevation, from vigorous exercise, may result in a pseudo exacerbation, with amplification of prior symptoms which can reverse with cooling. But exercise is of value for ms patients, just needs to be paced. Also, depending upon the patients debility, exercise should be designed to prevent harm secondary to weakness, or imbalance/incoordination. ...Read more

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Why are "family doctors" answering multiple sclerosis questions?! I have spotted inaccurate info being given. Only a neuro answer? 's

Why are "family doctors" answering multiple sclerosis questions?! I have spotted inaccurate info being given. Only a neuro answer? 's

Part of a team: Your family doctor is usually the doc who makes the referrals and is often the one who helps treat complications, such as urinary tract infections, fatigue, associated injuries, medication reactions, and he/she keeps open the communication lines between different specialties. Coordination of medical care is critcal these days. ...Read more

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I'm scared I have multiple sclerosis?

Need to know more: Will really need to know more about what your symptoms are. Initially, you should discuss your concerns with your primary care physician. Then an appropriate a referral to a neurologist will allow a more definitive diagnosis for you.Multiple sclerosis is treatable at the present time with multiple medications and ensure an excellany quality of life. ...Read more

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

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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I've had numerous test done. Outcome sign of Multiple Sclerosis not active I'm 50 will it become active?

Yes it is possible: Disease can go into remission and then flare up. You have to look for the cause. We propose to treat causes of such chronic ailment. To learn more about how to treat the cause Please visit us www. Ehacstl. Com ...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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How does one get multiple sclerosis?

How does one get multiple sclerosis?

No one really knows: Ms is thought to be caused when the immune system attacks the neurons in the body, specifically the cells that make white matter. There are many theories of why the body does this but no agreement. ...Read more

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Common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Varies, but often: The disease can present with loss of vision in one eye, electrical tingling on bending the neck, unexplained imbalance or falling, leg weakness and/or spasticity, bladder incontinence, fatigue, double vision, and problems with intellectual function. This can be isolated or grouped, and in 85% if pts symptoms come on rapidly and slowly remit, i.e., relapsing-remitting ms. Start rx asap. ...Read more

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How can multiple sclerosis affect the body?

How can multiple sclerosis affect the body?

Central nervous only: Affects brain, spinal cord, and eyes, by attacking the myelin coverings of the nerves. Causes changes in vision, balance, strength, sensation, stamina, memory, bowel and bladder functions, in part. No direct effect on internal organs such as heart or lung. ...Read more

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Which system does multiple sclerosis attack?

Which system does multiple sclerosis attack?

MS: Initially brain and / or spinal cord. But many other systems are attached to nervous system such as;
muscle causing weakness and stiffness
urinary bladder causing dysfunction
behavior causing mood disturbance
peripheral nerves causing numbness
eyes causing blindness, pain and loss of color vision
balance and falls. ...Read more

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Can multiple sclerosis cause other conditions?

Not directly: But, complications due to MS can occur. Such as bladder infections, falling resulting in bone fractures, osteoporosis due to frequent steroids or immobilization, risk of medication adverse events such as hypertension or liver abnormalities or thyroid issues. ...Read more

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Can someone with multiple sclerosis have children?

Can someone with multiple sclerosis have children?

Depends on situation: I have one wonderful mom whose 3 kids (all after ms dx) are just wonderful. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

What are the common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Varies, but often: The disease can present with loss of vision in one eye, electrical tingling on bending the neck, unexplained imbalance or falling, leg weakness and/or spasticity, bladder incontinence, fatigue, double vision, and problems with intellectual function. This can be isolated or grouped, and in 85% if pts symptoms come on rapidly and slowly remit, i.e., relapsing-remitting ms. Start rx asap. ...Read more

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How much time are lesions present in multiple sclerosis?

If you have MS,: There are some lesions present in brain white matter or grey matter at all times throughout the disease. On occasion, these lesions may be tough to see on MRI and may be easier visualized in the spinal cord. The idea of therapy is to prevent inflammation and potent meds such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya can control the disease quite well. ...Read more

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What types of vision change occur with multiple sclerosis?

What types of vision change occur with multiple sclerosis?

Optic neuritis: Not uncommon is a rapid decrease in unilateral vision associated with pain and decreased color intensity. Double vision can occur and sometimes objects seem to jump around. Any of these problems should be addressed asap by your neurologist. ...Read more

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How to determine which multiple sclerosis med is the best?

Complex: Treatments have dramatically changed over past few years. The older self-injectables are rapidly being discarded in favor of the newer orals and infusible agents, which seem easier to use and more effective. But, no one drug is the answer for everyone, and decisions are based on tolerance, co-morbidities, question of pregnancy. Maybe you are candidate for tysabri, (natalizumab) techfidera, gilenya, aubrigio? ...Read more

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What does it mean Multiple Sclerosis in you but not active?

What does it mean Multiple Sclerosis in you but not active?

Exactly what it is: That means you do have the disease condition which is currently very quiet but may become active again sometime in the future as can often be expected in MS. ...Read more

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How to tell if these are common multiple sclerosis symptoms?

Symptoms of MS: Common symptoms of MS are loss of vision in one eye, numbness or weakness on one side of the face or the body, double vision, clumsiness, or sometimes neuropsychiatric symptoms. The MS society keeps a helpful list of symptoms on their website.

The symptoms of MS do not make the diagnosis - the evaluation and test results are needed. ...Read more

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What do you consider primary symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Classical: Loss of vision unilaterally, loss of balance and coordination, weakness of both legs, or focal arm/leg weakness, electrical shock sensation from neck downwards, unexplained fatigue or cognitive loss, problems with bladder control. All of this varies greatly from patient to patient as NO MS pt is similar to another. ...Read more

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Scared I have multiple sclerosis. How do I find out for sure?

Don't panic yet: Mri of the brain is a good start, sometimes a lumbar puncture is needed as well. These are good starting points. There are now strict diagnostic criteria, google search the 2010 mcdonald criteria. ...Read more

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What disease has symptoms similar to that of multiple sclerosis?

What disease has symptoms similar to that of multiple sclerosis?

Several: The confirmation of ms involves excluding several diseases that seem similar at times. Perhaps the biggest challenge is cadasil, a genetic disorder associated with migraines and small strokes. However, other disorders can cause confusion such as lupus, lyme disease, b-12 deficiency, sjogren's, arteritis, and a number of rare disorders. The MRI may seem similar in some of these cases. ...Read more

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Need expert help. Can someone educate me more on multiple sclerosis?

Complex: Clearly, your answer would take many hrs, but here is précis: Autoimmune disorder with genetic susceptibility and environmental triggers causing inflammatory attack on brain, spinal cord, and eyes in young adults, mostly females, and potentially leading to disability. Modern potent meds are available to help this. Seek information at AAN. Com, but also Mayoclinic. Com, and local MS society. ...Read more

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If I have multiple sclerosis, how can I reduce the effects of an attack?

If I have multiple sclerosis, how can I reduce the effects of an attack?

Get relapse treated: All significant relapses should be treated ASAP. Choices include oral or intravenous steroids, injections of ACTH, plasmapheresis, and if pregnant, IVIG. Better yet, prevent relapses, by using potent MS meds such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are signs or things to look out for for multiple sclerosis?

Symptoms for MS: Eyes: severe pain; blindness; loss of color vison
chronic pain
focal weakness and numbness
urinary bladder dysfunction
depression
imbalance
stiffness. ...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


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