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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Milton Alvis Jr
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Atherosclerosis (Definition)

Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is a condition in which a person has build-up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances in the walls of his arteries. Over the years, these substances build-up to form hardened spots called plaques, which can break off pieces of itself and clog arteries downstream ...Read more


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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. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Busuttil
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Blocked Arteries (Definition)

Blocked arteries is a condition in which a person has decreased or no blood flow in one or more of his arteries, due to obstructions inside the artery such as thick plaques, floating clumps of broken plaques, blood clots, etc... Severe compression due to a problem on the outside of an artery can also ...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