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Is there any relationship between atherosclerosis and multiple sclerosis?

Is there any relationship between atherosclerosis and multiple sclerosis?

Yes, unrelated: Atherosclerosis is a progressive disease also known as hardening of the arteries - fat, cholesterol and other substances build up in the arteries forming plaque and reducing the area in which blood can flow. Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain/central nervous system and impedes function in attacks that tend to increase in severity and duration.

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis is a common disease affecting the walls of arteries. Commonly described as "clogged" blood vessels, it can cause heart attack or stroke even without severe blockages: e.g., if blood clots form on plaques. High levels of LDL cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, & aging can all contribute to atherosclerosis, but prevention is possible ...Read more


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Is there any connection between atherosclerosis and multiple sclerosis at all?

Is there any connection between atherosclerosis and multiple sclerosis at all?

No: Sclerosis means hardening. In atherosclerosis it refers to plaques on the inside of the arteries that block the flow of blood. In ms it refers to plaques in the brain.

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Mood swings and multiple sclerosis. Any relationship?

Yes: Multiple sclerosis has many psychiatric manifestations, both to the emotional effects of having a chronic and incurable (albeit treatable) disease and to direct effects of the plaque on the emotional pathways of the brain. When you see your neurologist about ms, don't forget to mention emotional issues as well as more classically neurological ones- they may be able to help!

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Is there a relationship between multiple sclerosis and dysarthria?

Is there a relationship between multiple sclerosis and dysarthria?

Cause-effect: Damage to the brain from any cause (stroke, trauma, infection, ms, etc) may result in dysarthria. If the part of the brain that is responsible for articulation is damaged, whatever the cause, slurred speech (dysarthria) can result. This is just basic neuro-anatomy.

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Multiple sclerosis TMJ. Any relationship? I read some article about similar symptomps

Multiple sclerosis TMJ. Any relationship? I read some article about similar symptomps

No: Multiple sclerosis is strictly a disease of the brain and spinal chord and doesn't affect the joints. If you have one autoimmune disorder like MS, you can however be prone to another like rheumatoid that can cause arthritis, including arthritis of the TM joint.

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Told I have optic neuritis for the first time. What is it and relationship to having multiple sclerosis?

Description: Optic neuritis involves inflammation of the optic nerve which causes, loss of vision, dull color perception, and pain on movement of the eye. This maybe an initial presentation of MS, and in some studies 50-60% of pts go onto MS. But sometimes, just an isolated event which is treated and never goes onwards. An MRI of brain will assist in predicting next phases.

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I have a question between the connection between multiple sclerosis and memory.

I have a question between the connection between multiple sclerosis and memory.

Certainly present: At least 65% of all MS pts have some cognitive issues, and many demonstrate memory problems at the very onset of the disease (CIS). The frequency of memory issues can be sharply reduced by potent disease modifying agents such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya.

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Is there a connection between lupus & multiple sclerosis?  

No: There is no crossover between lupus and multiple sclerosis.They are both autoimmune e diseases, but affect different organ systems.

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Neuro help needed: I'm 18 male and have optic neuritis. What are my chances of having multiple sclerosis?

Neuro help needed: I'm 18 male and have optic neuritis. What are my chances of having multiple sclerosis?

Statistical risk: According to data from optic neuritis treatment trial, risk of clinically definite ms, if MRI lacks any lesions is 25% by 15 yrs, but, if only one white matter lesion, the risk escalates to 72%. Therefore, get followup MRI studies, and find neurologist who focuses in ms to work with. Please do not worry, newer meds are far more successful these days. Do supplement vitamin d-3.

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My wife is 37 and has multiple sclerosis. She wants to get pregnant but I'm afraid that stopping her medication will do her harm. Is it safe?

My wife is 37 and has multiple sclerosis. She wants to get pregnant but I'm afraid that stopping her medication will do her harm. Is it safe?

Multiple sclerosis: It is a concern. Removing certain medications can increase the relapse rate immediately after stopping the medication (immune reconstitution syndrome). This is not seen with the older "platform" therapies. Copaxone (glatiramer) is category b for pregnancy. Nevertheless, all my patients have opted to stay off medication during their pregnancies. Good thing is relapse rate is reduced during 2-3rd trimester.

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What is my risk for multiple sclerosis? . I'm 16 year old male non smoker. No family history. I moved from singapore to the UK when I was 14. High ris

What is my risk for multiple sclerosis? . I'm 16 year old male non smoker. No family history. I moved from singapore to the UK when I was 14. High ris

Actually very low: Your risk is best considered to be at the level of the average resident of Singapore, and therefore very low, and indeed, lower than if you lived in UK your entire lifespan.

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My head is moving (nodding) involuntary since along time but it's increased nowadays. My aunt has multiple sclerosis and I'm afraid that I have it too?

My head is moving (nodding) involuntary since along time but it's increased nowadays. My aunt has multiple sclerosis and I'm afraid that I have it too?

Nonspecific: You describe a head tremor which could be due to many causes, including heredofamilial essential tremor, hyperthyroidism, issues with cerebellar brain stem connections, Wilson's disease, and medication reactions. This alone would not confirm MS, and your aunt's illness, is NOT a predictor of increased risk in you. Have a neurologist check this out.

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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.

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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)

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Dr. What if on last MRI the lesions of multiple sclerosis disappear? Is that means that I'm healed? Yeah I'm the patient

Dr. What if on last MRI the lesions of multiple sclerosis disappear? Is that means that I'm healed? Yeah I'm the patient

Comments: The MRI lesions in MS do NOT typically "disappear", and if this has happened, you did NOT have MS. Get a neurological consultation, but under the circumstances truly doubt your original diagnosis.

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I have all the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but it didn't show up on the mri, could I still have ms? What else could it be? I'm negative for lupus

I have all the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but it didn't show up on the mri, could I still have ms? What else could it be? I'm negative for lupus

Lots of things: Ruling MS in or out is much easier than it used to be, but it still requires training, skill & expertise that you'll never get from "Doctor Google." It isn't just laypeople who lack the knowledge & experience to distinguish MS from conditions that superficially resemble MS but aren't; the average US nonneurologist physician isn't confident of his/her ability to do so either.

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How does one get multiple sclerosis?

No one really knows: Ms is thought to be caused when the immune system attacks the neurons in the body, specifically the cells that make white matter. There are many theories of why the body does this but no agreement.

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Common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Varies, but often: The disease can present with loss of vision in one eye, electrical tingling on bending the neck, unexplained imbalance or falling, leg weakness and/or spasticity, bladder incontinence, fatigue, double vision, and problems with intellectual function. This can be isolated or grouped, and in 85% if pts symptoms come on rapidly and slowly remit, i.e., relapsing-remitting ms. Start rx asap.

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How can multiple sclerosis affect the body?

How can multiple sclerosis affect the body?

Central nervous only: Affects brain, spinal cord, and eyes, by attacking the myelin coverings of the nerves. Causes changes in vision, balance, strength, sensation, stamina, memory, bowel and bladder functions, in part. No direct effect on internal organs such as heart or lung.

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Which system does multiple sclerosis attack?

MS: Initially brain and / or spinal cord. But many other systems are attached to nervous system such as; muscle causing weakness and stiffness urinary bladder causing dysfunction behavior causing mood disturbance peripheral nerves causing numbness eyes causing blindness, pain and loss of color vision balance and falls.

Dr. Steven Busuttil
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Blocked Arteries (Definition)

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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