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How likely is it that I have ms? What is the prevalence of MS in the u.S.?

How likely is it that I have ms?  What is the prevalence of MS in the u.S.?

MS in USA PREVALENCE: Estimates are 85 cases per 100000 people thats it so you can guess your odds. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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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


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Is it likely that I have MS if my spinal tap is completely negative?

Is it likely that I have MS if my spinal tap is completely negative?

Possible: Each test has a false negative and false positive rate. Some better than others. While you may be able to diagnose MS by spinal tab, that is usually positive a little more than 80% of the time. This means some who do have it might test negative. A brain MRI is positive in more than 95% of cases. If you are still having symptoms of ms, see your doctor to consider an mri. ...Read more

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I have MS & want to know how likely it could be that I have PBA? took a short questionnaire and it suggest that I do. Been feeling low & end up crying

I have MS & want to know how likely it could be that I have PBA? took a short questionnaire and it suggest that I do. Been feeling low & end up crying

Likely association: PBA can be seen with stroke, brain injury, ALS, and MS. Responds beautifully to the medication Nuedexta, twice daily. If your questionnaire is convincing, try some samples. Also, make certain that you are using a potent MS disease modifying agent such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya to decrease some of the issues with this difficult disease. ...Read more

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I've been getting pins and needles and numbness- could it be that I have ms?

I've been getting pins and needles and numbness- could it be that I have ms?

Not necessarily: Most likely your problems involve peripheral nerves, and far less likely, is a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Of course, you could be having a medication reaction or metabolic imbalances. Have your doctor evaluate. ...Read more

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My neuro thinks that i have ms and has told me to get a lumbar puncture. if that comes back as not indicating ms, what happens after that?

My neuro thinks that i have ms and has told me to get a lumbar puncture. if that comes back as not indicating ms, what happens after that?

Hard to say...: I'm sorry, but this isn't something any distant forum doctor can answer. It depends on information you don't provide, including your symptoms, neurological examination, and perhaps things like CT scan or MRI, if these were done. The obvious person to ask is your neurologist. In any case, I suggest crossing that bridge if and when you come to it. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have MS? I have fatigue, anxiety, weight loss, hand tremors, double vision, tingling sensations, had a UTI.

Is it possible that I have MS? I have fatigue, anxiety, weight loss, hand tremors, double vision, tingling sensations, had a UTI.

See a neurologist: There could be several potential causes for your troubles and they may not be related to MS. I strongly recommend an appointment with a neurologist to get to the cause. ...Read more

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I have MS and sometimes I feel cold?

I have MS and sometimes I feel cold?

Multiple sclerosis: Of course, patients with multiple sclerosis can get all of the same symptoms of feeling cold as anyone else (low ambient temperature, fever, sweats, under active thyroid, etc.), but they can also develop a problem with their autonomic nervous system which controls sweating and thus may affect the skin sensation of temperature. ...Read more

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What to do if I have MS please help?

Get on therapy: Let's assume your diagnosis is correct, and you have a neurologist. You need to commence a disease modifying drug asap, and currently, there are injectables, oral agents, and infusions. A low fat, low salt diet, with vitamin d-3 supplements, and aerobic exercise can be very useful. Long term outcomes seem best when treatment starts at time of diagnosis. ...Read more