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What do I need to know about multiple sclerosis? How serious is it?

What do I need to know about multiple sclerosis? How serious is it?

Quite variable: The course of MS can be quite variable. In a small number of cases the disease seems to "burn itself out." ...Read more

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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What do I need to know about multiple sclerosis? How serious is it?

What do I need to know about multiple sclerosis? How serious is it?

If MS diagnosed: MS is a treatable and controllable disease in 2014 with 13 available meds. It is an autoimmune attack on the brain, spinal cord, and eyes, starting in late 20's, early 30's, and commonly associated with attacks or relapses. Occurs in genetically susceptible folks with environment playing a role. You should work with neurologist and use potent med, plus vitamin D supplements. ...Read more

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What to do if I have multiple sclerosis and What to do if I have chronic severe pain,?

What to do if I have multiple sclerosis and What to do if I have chronic severe pain,?

Challenging?: Approximately 90% of all MS patients at some point encounter pain, and in most cases relatively easy to treat and control. However, important to know if MS is causing the pain or you possess a co-morbidity. See your neurologist and get the answers. ...Read more

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Which is more serious: multiple sclerosis or lupus?

Which is more serious: multiple sclerosis or lupus?

Hard to answer: Either of these can be a very serious, difficult to treat illness. Some forms of lupus are fairly benign, some cases of MS are quiet without many symptoms. Either can lead to a healthy life with a normal life span though. ...Read more

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I am wanting to find out why i have been having severe feelings of falling while sitting I do have multiple sclerosis and spinal stenosis ?

I am wanting to find out why i have been having severe feelings of falling  while sitting   I do have multiple sclerosis and  spinal stenosis ?

Ataxia: Would blame the MS for your sensations, and likely you have lesions over cerebellum and brainstem. Key is whether you are having relapse, and if so, this needs to be treated. You do not mention your medication, but you need a potent disease modifying agent, not the self injectables of the past. B-12 and Vit D levels should be checked. ?Concierge appt here on site? ...Read more

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Multiple sclerosis (ms) vs type 1 diabetes. Which is more serious?

Multiple sclerosis (ms) vs type 1 diabetes. Which is more serious?

Apples vrs oranges: Both can cause long-term disability, but i think both can have excellent outcomes if treated expertly, in concert with a conscientious pt. Being a neurologist, cannot comment more on diabetes, but these days, the treatment and understanding of ms is amazing, and with the newer oral meds, most pts will likely have a far better outcome. So, both areas are advancing rapidly, and optimism is real. ...Read more

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I am 18 with multiple sclerosis and severe back pain my neurologist won't prescribe me anything for the pain. Find another doctor? What to do?

I am 18 with multiple sclerosis and severe back pain my neurologist won't prescribe me anything for the pain. Find another doctor? What to do?

Need clarification: Is your neurologist really prescribing nothing or has s/he tried things and they haven't worked and s/he isn't sure what else to prescribe. Some patients need to work with a pain management specialist along with their ms specialist. If s/he has truly not tried anything then a second opinion may be helpful. We often use seizure meds and antidepressants to help with pain. ...Read more

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I'm scared I have multiple sclerosis?

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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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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What is multiple sclerosis?

What is multiple sclerosis?

Autoimmune condition: It is a condition where your own immune system attacks the sheaths (myelin) which covers your nerve fibers. Common symptoms include weakness in muscles due to slow/ damaged nerve conduction. Lowering Inflammation in your body via diet, stress reduction, anti-inflammatory supplements may delay, stabilize and improve the condition. ...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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Is multiple sclerosis hereditary?

Complex: Multiple sclerosis is an issue of genetic susceptibility, not the usual heredity, and risk runs about 3-5% if mother has it, 1-2% if father has it. But without specific environmental triggers, the disease will be unlikely to manifest. ...Read more

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Who discovered multiple sclerosis?

Who discovered multiple sclerosis?

Charcot: The French neurologist Charcot is credited with identifying MS as a distinct entity for the first time. ...Read more

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Could you cure multiple sclerosis?

Could you cure multiple sclerosis?

No cure at this time: It is difficult to develop a cure when the cause of a condition is not fully understood. There seem to be several factors that contribute to the development of MS but there is no ONE gene or ONE virus that has been implicated as a direct cause. Rather, the interaction of genetic susceptibility and infectous and/or environmental factors seem to result in dysregulation of the immune system. ...Read more

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How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?

Detective Work: No one diagnostic study can stand alone to conclusively diagnose ms. A neurologist must be a detective, hunting out clues from symptoms suggesting abnormal function in the brain or spinal cord white matter, of appropriate duration (greater than 24 hours) coupled with abnormalities on examination. Mri, spinal fluid, and certain blood tests. This information can help exclude MS mimickers. ...Read more

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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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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