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I'm scared I have multiple sclerosis?

I'm scared I have multiple sclerosis?

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 more

Dr. Sheila Smith
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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


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What are the odds that I'm going to develop multiple sclerosis? How common is this?

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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I recently diagnosed by multiple sclerosis, and I don't know what to do I'm afraid to take medication.

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 more

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I've had numerous test done. Outcome sign of Multiple Sclerosis not active I'm 50 will it become active?

Yes it is possible: Disease can go into remission and then flare up. You have to look for the cause. We propose to treat causes of such chronic ailment. To learn more about how to treat the cause Please visit us www.ehacstl.com ...Read more

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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 more

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Why are "family doctors" answering multiple sclerosis questions?! I have spotted inaccurate info being given. Only a neuro answer? 's

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 more

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What is multiple sclerosis?

What is multiple sclerosis?

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 more

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Can I catch multiple sclerosis?

No: MS is not an infectious disorder. Instead, there is varying genetic susceptibility triggered by environmental influences. ...Read more

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Is multiple sclerosis hereditary?

Complex: Multiple sclerosis is an issue of genetic susceptibility, not the usual heredity, and risk runs about 3-5% if mother has it, 1-2% if father has it. But without specific environmental triggers, the disease will be unlikely to manifest. ...Read more

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Who discovered multiple sclerosis?

Who discovered multiple sclerosis?

Charcot: The French neurologist Charcot is credited with identifying MS as a distinct entity for the first time. ...Read more

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Could you cure multiple sclerosis?

Could you cure multiple sclerosis?

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 more

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How is multiple sclerosis diagnosed?

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 more

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Best multiple sclerosis medications?

Best multiple sclerosis medications?

Interferons ? : There is no best medication , some would suit the patient better than others but interferons are the most widely used for prevention of attacks. ...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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What are signs of multiple sclerosis?

What are signs of multiple sclerosis?

Many: Ms can present with a host of physical findings including optic neuritis, unilateral weakness and numbness, a band-like sensation around your chest or abdomen, hearing loss, gait ataxia, slurred speech, urinary incontinence, bilateral upper extremity/lower extremity weakness. Typically the initial presentation in the young may be a single symptom (optic neuritis), however hemiparesis is seen. ...Read more

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How do you treat multiple sclerosis ?

Many successful ways: Although not curable yet, ms in many cases is both treatable and controllable. The most potent medicine on the market is tysabri, (natalizumab) followed by gilenya, and then a group of injectables, including interferons (such as betaseron) and copaxone. Several exciting drugs are finishing research and may be available in the next few years. Many physicians recommend vitamin d, b complexes, aerobic exercise. ...Read more

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How does multiple sclerosis progress?

How does multiple sclerosis progress?

Some patterns: Initially, a relapsing remitting course, but without treatment at 10 yrs, 50% become progressive, and 90% @20 yrs. Disability can involve need for walking assistance even wheelchair, but memory loss and fatigue can get progressive. Issue is to stop this progress by using potent agents, such as Gilenya or Tysabri (natalizumab). ...Read more

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What makes you get multiple sclerosis?

What makes you get multiple sclerosis?

Not fully understood: Multiple sclerosis is a very complex disease. There is a large collection of research identifying certain genes (most governing control of the immune system) as both increasing risk and potentially protective against MS (based on studies of populations). Environmental and hormonal factors may also play a role in individuals with a background genetic risk. ...Read more

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What all can mimic multiple sclerosis?

What all can mimic multiple sclerosis?

Many conditions: Initially the ms patient goes through many diagnostic considerations. Stroke, drug effects, malingering, viruses, toxic reactions, lupus, pinched nerves, are just some of the common initial concerns. It may take hundreds of tests and repeated bouts before a definite diagnosis can be made. ...Read more

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How is multiple sclerosis transmitted?

Genes: Ms has been shown to be associated with mutations in a number of genes, the majority of which appear to regulate the immune system. Among first degree relatives, the risk of ms is increased, but absolute risk is low. Other factors weigh in to the development and expression of this disease other than strictly genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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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 do you diagnose multiple sclerosis?

How do you diagnose multiple sclerosis?

Clinical diagnosis: Although the MRI can help support the diagnosis, and spinal fluid analysis may help, the diagnosis ultimately depends on a physician analysing history and exam findings, and making certain that alternative problems are not the true diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the cause of multiple sclerosis?

Unknown: Multiple sclerosis is a central nervous system disorder caused by the still unknown interplay of genetics, environment and immunology. ...Read more

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How many people have multiple sclerosis?

200 cases each WK: It is estimated approximately 250, 000. To 350, 000. People are affected in usa and 200 cases are diagnosed each week. ...Read more

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What is a legent for multiple sclerosis?

What is a legent for multiple sclerosis?

What is a legent?: Not sure what legent means. Some people ask about lesion, or legend, or ligand, are any of those what you mean?

Feel free to ask again, asking questions is free. ...Read more

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How to know if I have multiple sclerosis?

How to know if I have multiple sclerosis?

??: Why do you inquire about this? A diagnosis of MS typically requires specialized testing performed by a neurologist. ...Read more

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What are the causes of multiple sclerosis?

Hard to Say: The exact causes of multiple sclerosis (MS) are unknown. It's believed to be an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system attacks its own tissues. In MS, this process destroys myelin, the fatty substance that coats and protects nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have multiple sclerosis?

How do I know if I have multiple sclerosis?

Can be tricky: Multiple sclerosis is a very difficult disease to diagnose, because the symptoms can be so variable from person to person. Classically, it presents as discrete attacks of symptoms (vision loss, weakness, numbness, etc) that each wane over a few weeks. Definitive diagnosis can be made by a neurologist, usually with a combination of physical exam, lumbar puncture, and mri. ...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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Does multiple sclerosis get worse with age?

Often: Multiple sclerosis is unpredictable but often progresses (gets worse) over time. Fortunately, there are effective medications that can slow or stop the progression in the most common form of ms. (one form is harder to treat.) ms is best treated by a neurologist. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Multiple Sclerosis (Definition)

A progressive disease that interferes with the functioning of the central nervous system and brain. Symptoms include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred ...Read more