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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

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. ...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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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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) ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can multiple sclerosis cause other conditions?

Not directly: But, complications due to MS can occur. Such as bladder infections, falling resulting in bone fractures, osteoporosis due to frequent steroids or immobilization, risk of medication adverse events such as hypertension or liver abnormalities or thyroid issues. ...Read more

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Can someone with multiple sclerosis have children?

Depends on situation: I have one wonderful mom whose 3 kids (all after ms dx) are just wonderful. ...Read more

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What are the common symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

What are the 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. ...Read more

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How much time are lesions present in multiple sclerosis?

If you have MS,: There are some lesions present in brain white matter or grey matter at all times throughout the disease. On occasion, these lesions may be tough to see on MRI and may be easier visualized in the spinal cord. The idea of therapy is to prevent inflammation and potent meds such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya can control the disease quite well. ...Read more

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What types of vision change occur with multiple sclerosis?

What types of vision change occur with multiple sclerosis?

Optic neuritis: Not uncommon is a rapid decrease in unilateral vision associated with pain and decreased color intensity. Double vision can occur and sometimes objects seem to jump around. Any of these problems should be addressed asap by your neurologist. ...Read more

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How to determine which multiple sclerosis med is the best?

How to determine which multiple sclerosis med is the best?

Complex: Treatments have dramatically changed over past few years. The older self-injectables are rapidly being discarded in favor of the newer orals and infusible agents, which seem easier to use and more effective. But, no one drug is the answer for everyone, and decisions are based on tolerance, co-morbidities, question of pregnancy. Maybe you are candidate for tysabri, (natalizumab) techfidera, gilenya, aubrigio? ...Read more

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What does it mean Multiple Sclerosis in you but not active?

What does it mean Multiple Sclerosis in you but not active?

Exactly what it is: That means you do have the disease condition which is currently very quiet but may become active again sometime in the future as can often be expected in MS. ...Read more

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How to tell if these are common multiple sclerosis symptoms?

How to tell if these are common multiple sclerosis symptoms?

Symptoms of MS: Common symptoms of MS are loss of vision in one eye, numbness or weakness on one side of the face or the body, double vision, clumsiness, or sometimes neuropsychiatric symptoms. The MS society keeps a helpful list of symptoms on their website.

The symptoms of MS do not make the diagnosis - the evaluation and test results are needed. ...Read more

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What do you consider primary symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Classical: Loss of vision unilaterally, loss of balance and coordination, weakness of both legs, or focal arm/leg weakness, electrical shock sensation from neck downwards, unexplained fatigue or cognitive loss, problems with bladder control. All of this varies greatly from patient to patient as NO MS pt is similar to another. ...Read more

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Scared I have multiple sclerosis. How do I find out for sure?

Scared I have multiple sclerosis. How do I find out for sure?

Don't panic yet: Mri of the brain is a good start, sometimes a lumbar puncture is needed as well. These are good starting points. There are now strict diagnostic criteria, google search the 2010 mcdonald criteria. ...Read more

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What disease has symptoms similar to that of multiple sclerosis?

What disease has symptoms similar to that of multiple sclerosis?

Several: The confirmation of ms involves excluding several diseases that seem similar at times. Perhaps the biggest challenge is cadasil, a genetic disorder associated with migraines and small strokes. However, other disorders can cause confusion such as lupus, lyme disease, b-12 deficiency, sjogren's, arteritis, and a number of rare disorders. The MRI may seem similar in some of these cases. ...Read more

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Need expert help. Can someone educate me more on multiple sclerosis?

Complex: Clearly, your answer would take many hrs, but here is précis: Autoimmune disorder with genetic susceptibility and environmental triggers causing inflammatory attack on brain, spinal cord, and eyes in young adults, mostly females, and potentially leading to disability. Modern potent meds are available to help this. Seek information at AAN. Com, but also Mayoclinic. Com, and local MS society. ...Read more

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If I have multiple sclerosis, how can I reduce the effects of an attack?

If I have multiple sclerosis, how can I reduce the effects of an attack?

Get relapse treated: All significant relapses should be treated ASAP. Choices include oral or intravenous steroids, injections of ACTH, plasmapheresis, and if pregnant, IVIG. Better yet, prevent relapses, by using potent MS meds such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are signs or things to look out for for multiple sclerosis?

Symptoms for MS: Eyes: severe pain; blindness; loss of color vison
chronic pain
focal weakness and numbness
urinary bladder dysfunction
depression
imbalance
stiffness. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms and signs of multiple sclerosis that a sufferer might experience?

Many possible: Changes in vision out of one eye, double vision, whole segments of the body with sensory changes not mapping to a single nerve root, weakness in a limb, imbalance, fatigue or symptoms worsened by heat/exertion, new bowel or bladder dysfunction. Symptoms must last a minimum of 24 hours, more typically escalating over several days, peaking, then improving. Neuro exam should be consistent. ...Read more

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How are the multiple sclerosis and the friedreich syndrome distinguished from each other?

Very different: Freidrich's ataxia is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder presenting btwn age 8-25 assoc. With incoordination, scoliosis, high arches, heart problems, and leg weakness. Ms is an autoimmune disorder occurring in late 20's or early 30's with a fluctuating course if not treated with potent medications. Ms is both treatable and controllable, while fa eludes treatment. (rarely vit e helps). ...Read more

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Is it possible for multiple sclerosis to affect how you comprehend words when you're reading?

Can occur: You see, MS can cause cognitive dysfunction and brain atrophy in at least 2/3's of all patients unless they are treated with potent medication such as Gilenya or Tysabri (natalizumab). ...Read more

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Can stress cause multiple sclerosis?

Stress: Can exacerbate ms symptoms, but not cause it. ...Read more

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Can cocaine cause multiple sclerosis?

Can cocaine cause multiple sclerosis?

No: It does not cause ms. But, it does cause a host of other issues. ...Read more

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Does multiple sclerosis have a hereditary component?

Does multiple sclerosis have a hereditary component?

Yes: No single gene for MS has been found or likely to be found. Multiple genes have been identified which in different population studies worldwide seem to increase risk or protect against ms. The vast majority of these genes relate to immune system function. Genetic background, combined with environmental trigger likely trigger this disorder. ...Read more

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


Dr. Patricia Foster
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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