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How Serious Is Multiple Sclerosis
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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