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How does multiple sclerosis affect the hypothalamus?

How does multiple sclerosis affect the hypothalamus?

It shouldn't: Since the hypothalamus is not really a white matter structure, it should not effect thje hypothalamus directly but it could effect neurons that go into and leave the hypothalamus. Since thie hypothalamus controls temperature, feeding behavior, sexual behavior and heart rate and blood pressure, if a brain region needs input from the hypothalamus it may not get it. ...Read more

Dr. Bernard Seif
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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 affect a person's decision making?

Does multiple sclerosis affect a person's decision making?

MS: At some point of ms part of the brain called gray matter can be effected. This is an are of memory. Once gray matter is effected then the capability of decision making could be effected. In severe cases of ms and cortical atrophy patient may get dementia. ...Read more

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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

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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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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'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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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

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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Can I catch multiple sclerosis?

No: MS is not an infectious disorder. Instead, there is varying genetic susceptibility triggered by environmental influences. ...Read more

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Best multiple sclerosis medications?

Best multiple sclerosis medications?

Interferons?: There is no best medication, some would suit the patient better than others but interferons are the most widely used for prevention of attacks. ...Read more

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How do you treat multiple sclerosis?

Many successful ways: Although not curable yet, ms in many cases is both treatable and controllable. The most potent medicine on the market is tysabri, (natalizumab) followed by gilenya, and then a group of injectables, including interferons (such as betaseron) and copaxone. Several exciting drugs are finishing research and may be available in the next few years. Many physicians recommend vitamin d, b complexes, aerobic exercise. ...Read more

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How does multiple sclerosis progress?

How does multiple sclerosis progress?

Some patterns: Initially, a relapsing remitting course, but without treatment at 10 yrs, 50% become progressive, and 90% @20 yrs. Disability can involve need for walking assistance even wheelchair, but memory loss and fatigue can get progressive. Issue is to stop this progress by using potent agents, such as Gilenya or Tysabri (natalizumab). ...Read more

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What all can mimic multiple sclerosis?

What all can mimic multiple sclerosis?

Many conditions: Initially the ms patient goes through many diagnostic considerations. Stroke, drug effects, malingering, viruses, toxic reactions, lupus, pinched nerves, are just some of the common initial concerns. It may take hundreds of tests and repeated bouts before a definite diagnosis can be made. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose multiple sclerosis?

How do you diagnose multiple sclerosis?

Clinical diagnosis: Although the MRI can help support the diagnosis, and spinal fluid analysis may help, the diagnosis ultimately depends on a physician analysing history and exam findings, and making certain that alternative problems are not the true diagnosis. ...Read more

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How many people have multiple sclerosis?

200 cases each WK: It is estimated approximately 250, 000. To 350, 000. People are affected in usa and 200 cases are diagnosed each week. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have multiple sclerosis?

How do I know if I have multiple sclerosis?

Can be tricky: Multiple sclerosis is a very difficult disease to diagnose, because the symptoms can be so variable from person to person. Classically, it presents as discrete attacks of symptoms (vision loss, weakness, numbness, etc) that each wane over a few weeks. Definitive diagnosis can be made by a neurologist, usually with a combination of physical exam, lumbar puncture, and mri. ...Read more

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What disease might mimic multiple sclerosis?

What disease might mimic multiple sclerosis?

Several potentials: Cadasil, lupus, arteritis, clippers, pernicious anemia, cervical spondylosis, lyme disease, CNS lymphoma, sjogren's, melas. If you get the point, ms may be hard to diagnose, and often need to exclude other explanations. Patterns may or may not be different, and sometimes it is important to get testing and even several opinions. ...Read more

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Is there a benign form of multiple sclerosis?

Is there a benign form of multiple sclerosis?

Tough to predict: The course of ms is variable, and no two patients are ever alike. One might hope, in the end, that the outcome is mild or benign, but it is almost impossible to sort out early in the disease. Many specialists would treat, and modify interventions as time progresses. ...Read more

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Is multiple sclerosis a hereditary condition?

In part: Hereditary risk is one factor, but the interplay between genetic background and environment is likely in this disease. Identical twins studies show about a 30% risk for MS if one twin has the disease (certainly not 100%). Population studies show certain ancestry may increase or decrease risk (e.g. Northern european ancestry high, whereas asian, african, aboriginal very low). ...Read more

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How can I stop my multiple sclerosis relapse?

How can I stop my multiple sclerosis relapse?

In my opinion,: Virtually all true MS relapses need to be treated, and the classic approach involves steroids or ACTH. An experienced neurologist can set up the therapy. Still, best approach is to prevent the relapse by using potent medication such as Gilenya or Tysabri (natalizumab). ...Read more

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How horrible is memory in multiple sclerosis?

May be issue: Roughly 65% of all MS patients will have problems with cognitive function, and this may commence by the point of diagnosis. However, only 10-15% will be severe like an Alzheimer's pt. So, protect yourself or significant others by using a potent MS drug such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya. ...Read more

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What is Multiple sclerosis a risk factor for?

What is Multiple sclerosis a risk factor for?

Multiple sclerosis increases the chances of:: Fecal incontinence in adults, Gastroparesis, Narcolepsy, Ringing in ears, Trigeminal neuralgia, Urinary incontinence, Fecal incontinence, Underactive thyroid, Overactive Bladder, Urge incontinence, Stress bladder Incontinence, Transverse myelitis, Ataxia. ...Read more

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Afraid I have multiple sclerosis, what to do?

Confirm diagnosis: You do not list your symptoms or whether you have seen a doctor, but if there is a question of ms, please see a neurologist and get this diagnosis either confirmed or discarded, as many disorders seem clinically similar to ms. If indeed the diagnosis is correct, start one of the newer more potent medications. Ms is usually a quite treatable and controllable disorder. ...Read more

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Can I have multiple sclerosis, how can I know?

Complex: Why do you believe you might have ms? Best to have your symptoms evaluated by an expert neurologist, who can guide you to a variety of tests which can confirm your underlying problem. ...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


Hypothalamus (Definition)

An area of brain that deals with maintenance of homeostasis throughout the body. Important for temperature, appetite, weight regulation, coordination with other areas ...Read more