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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