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Numbness, postural tremors weakness fatigue. Is this multiple sclerosis? Mri of brain and spine normal, hyperreflexia. Low B12 and sjogren's syndrome.

Numbness, postural tremors weakness fatigue. Is this multiple sclerosis? Mri of brain and spine normal, hyperreflexia. Low B12 and sjogren's syndrome.

Explanation: You mention two issues, and at age 23, am surprised at this combination, but b-12 deficiency can result in peripheral nerve and spinal cord problems which may explain many of your symptoms. Sjogren's can mimic ms and also cause a small fibre neuropathy which could explain additional issues. Do not need an ms explanation here, as doubtful you have that also. Suggest neurology eval. ...Read more

Dr. Madhu Kandarpa
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Potassium (Definition)

Potassium is an essential electrolyte, important in the functioning of many organs including the heart, kidneys, muscles, nerves, and digestive system. Deficiency can be caused by diseases such as kidney failure, vomiting, and diarrhea, or by ...Read more


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What are the benefits/risks of taking low dose naltrexone (ldn) to treat multiple sclerosis?

What are the benefits/risks of taking low dose naltrexone (ldn) to treat multiple sclerosis?

Risk: liver tóxic: In excessive amount may be seriously toxic to the liver (not in usual prescribed dosis). Since there is nothing proven to cure multiple sclerosis you should ask whoever recommended it what is suppose to do. It is considered an opium antagonist. Hopefully your neurologist is aware. Do not take it unless supervised by someone experienced in using it for ms. ...Read more

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I have multiple sclerosis and a constant low to midlevel pain due to it. Are there over the counter painkillers other than ibuprofen that may work?

I have multiple sclerosis and a constant low to midlevel pain due to it. Are there over the counter painkillers other than ibuprofen that may work?

Not aware of any: There is no effective pain killer other than tylenol (acetaminophen) and NSAIDs OTC. Since there are now newer drugs available for MS treatment, you should talk to your neurologist again about your condition. ...Read more

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Can I catch multiple sclerosis?

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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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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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

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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 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 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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How many people have multiple sclerosis?

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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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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What disease might mimic multiple sclerosis?

What disease might mimic multiple sclerosis?

Several potentials: Cadasil, lupus, arteritis, clippers, pernicious anemia, cervical spondylosis, lyme disease, CNS lymphoma, sjogren's, melas. If you get the point, ms may be hard to diagnose, and often need to exclude other explanations. Patterns may or may not be different, and sometimes it is important to get testing and even several opinions. ...Read more

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Is there a benign form of multiple sclerosis?

Tough to predict: The course of ms is variable, and no two patients are ever alike. One might hope, in the end, that the outcome is mild or benign, but it is almost impossible to sort out early in the disease. Many specialists would treat, and modify interventions as time progresses. ...Read more

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Is multiple sclerosis a hereditary condition?

Is multiple sclerosis a hereditary condition?

In part: Hereditary risk is one factor, but the interplay between genetic background and environment is likely in this disease. Identical twins studies show about a 30% risk for MS if one twin has the disease (certainly not 100%). Population studies show certain ancestry may increase or decrease risk (e.g. Northern european ancestry high, whereas asian, african, aboriginal very low). ...Read more

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How can I stop my multiple sclerosis relapse?

How can I stop my multiple sclerosis relapse?

In my opinion,: Virtually all true MS relapses need to be treated, and the classic approach involves steroids or ACTH. An experienced neurologist can set up the therapy. Still, best approach is to prevent the relapse by using potent medication such as Gilenya or Tysabri (natalizumab). ...Read more

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How horrible is memory in multiple sclerosis?

May be issue: Roughly 65% of all MS patients will have problems with cognitive function, and this may commence by the point of diagnosis. However, only 10-15% will be severe like an Alzheimer's pt. So, protect yourself or significant others by using a potent MS drug such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya. ...Read more

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What is Multiple sclerosis a risk factor for?

What is Multiple sclerosis a risk factor for?

Multiple sclerosis increases the chances of:: Fecal incontinence in adults, Gastroparesis, Narcolepsy, Ringing in ears, Trigeminal neuralgia, Urinary incontinence, Fecal incontinence, Underactive thyroid, Overactive Bladder, Urge incontinence, Stress bladder Incontinence, Transverse myelitis, Ataxia. ...Read more

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Afraid I have multiple sclerosis, what to do?

Afraid I have multiple sclerosis, what to do?

Confirm diagnosis: You do not list your symptoms or whether you have seen a doctor, but if there is a question of ms, please see a neurologist and get this diagnosis either confirmed or discarded, as many disorders seem clinically similar to ms. If indeed the diagnosis is correct, start one of the newer more potent medications. Ms is usually a quite treatable and controllable disorder. ...Read more

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Can I have multiple sclerosis, how can I know?

Complex: Why do you believe you might have ms? Best to have your symptoms evaluated by an expert neurologist, who can guide you to a variety of tests which can confirm your underlying problem. ...Read more

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What drugs would I take for multiple sclerosis?

DMT's: If you possess relapsing-remitting MS, you vitally need a "disease modifying agent", such as an interferon, Copaxone, Tysabri (natalizumab), (natalizumab) Gilenya, Aubrigio, or Tecfidera. But best usually to use a potent medication, such as Gilenya or Tysabri (natalizumab). A neurologist should be able to address your needs readily. ...Read more

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How do I know if someone has multiple sclerosis?

How do I know if someone has multiple sclerosis?

Might be difficult: In a friend who is being treated and controlled with potent meds, you might think they look completely normal. If undiagnosed, they might display inordinate fatigue, get confused with poor memory, have bad balance, trouble with visual loss, weakness in legs, etc. This is a complex area for most physicians, and an ms specialty focused neurologist is critical. ...Read more

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How to tell if I am sick from multiple sclerosis?

See neurologist: Do not know your symptoms or prior test results, so cannot guide your pursuit of a diagnostic explanation. Rather, get appt with local neurologist and track down whether you do indeed possess a neurological disorder, such as MS ...Read more

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How difficult is to diagnosed Multiple Sclerosis?

Sometimes.: Typically, diagnosis will involve a history and physical by a neurologist, testing of your spinal fluid, and MR imaging of your brain and spinal cord. Sometimes, the results can be inconclusive. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of multiple sclerosis?

Maybe significant: Several common presentations can include unilateral loss of vision, progressive weakness of legs, loss of coordination or balance, a band of tightness around the waist, double vision. More insidious issues include, bladder problems, cognitive challenges, fatigue, peculiar sensation losses. ...Read more

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What is a simple explaination of multiple sclerosis?

What is a simple explaination of multiple sclerosis?

Definition: The most recent thinking reflects the following: >400, 000 people in usa have a disease attacking brain and spinal cord, with average age of onset 30 yrs, and the most common cause of disability in young people. It is an autoimmune mediated disorder occurring in genetically susceptible individuals exposed to specific environmental triggers (without which, the disease is unlikely to develop). ...Read more

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How to tell what type of multiple sclerosis you have?

See below: 85% of all initial ms diagnoses are for relapsing-remitting forms, but about 10% are primary progressive with slow gradual deterioration without exacerbations or improvement. When the r/r form gets out of control, by 10-20 yrs, there is also a steady progression, secondary progressive ms. A rare form, called progressive relapsing is a mix of both. ...Read more

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What parts of the body are impacted by multiple sclerosis?

Arms, legs, vision..: Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease that damages the central nervous system {the brain, spinal cord, and optic (eye) nerves}. Ms symptoms can be mild, such as numbness in the arms or legs, or can be severe, such as loss of vision. Symptoms can come and go, with the severity and progress of symptoms being hard to predict. Different patients can have different types of symptoms. ...Read more

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What early symptoms should I feel I have multiple sclerosis?

What early symptoms should I feel I have multiple sclerosis?

Visual, sensorimotor: The top presenting symptoms of MS are loss of vision in one eye, double vision, sensorimotor changes and ataxia. Symptoms usually come on over several days and last several weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Harinder Gill
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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


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