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Medicine For Wilsons Disease
I suffer from serious cronic migraines almost 4 years now.i take lots of medicine.i also have wilsons disease.
Expert Tx: I hope you're under the care of the very best possible rxperts since it can make a big difference in Wilson's. If possible do some research to find the very best. The varied effects of the disease may interact w/ other conditions and frustrate efforts otherwise. The meds you need may have painful side effects and supportive psychotherapy can help you to understand and deal w/ this. ...Read more
Liver/neuro failure: Untreated, Wilson's disease can progress to liver failure and neurological disability and possibly death. With treatment, individuals with Wilson's disease have normal life expectancy. However, without treatment, individuals can expect issues with the brain, liver, eyes and psychiatric manifestations. Each individual is different so there are not set patterns of disease ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Remove copper: Excessive copper poisons the body organs, so the treatment is to remove the copper while stabilizing organs that may have been injured. This is called chelation. Several chemicals are used to remove the copper. See: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001789/ also, www.Wilsonsdisease.Org. ...Read more
Yes: Parkinson-like symptoms can be an initial manifestation of Wilson's disease. Wilson's disease usually occurs in younger people, however. If there is any confusion in diagnosis, Wilson's disease can usually be diagnosed through a combination of blood tests, urine tests, and/or an eye exam. Hope this helps. ...Read more
What to do if I have rings around my eyes when I was a preteen. if you have kayser-fleischer rings does it mean you have wilsons disease or could it be something normal?
Let's sort this out: You had rings around your IRISES (actually the plural is irides, but never mind), not your "eyes" (like a raccoon) when you were young and they went away? That's the opposite of what happens with Kayser-Fleischer rings. If you're normal at 35, you don't have Wilson's disease. What to do is nothing. Give my regards to Broad Street. (My compliments for spelling Kayser-Fleischer correctly, BTW.) ...Read more
Wilson's disease: Check out http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/wilsons-disease/ds00411 for info re wilson's disease which is autosomal recessive cause of excess copper. Both Penicillamine & trientine are used to chelate & remove excess copper. There's no best drug for everyone but rather a best drug for you. Talk to your doc about what's available to you, what's affordable, and what side effects are tolerable to you. ...Read more
Clinical Trials: Although available, experimental drugs are given in clinical trials, usually in academic or private institutions with doctors involved in research, where patients that have failed to existing treatment are treat. There are a variety of immunotherapy medications like Remicade (infliximab) that are available for Crohn's you could discuss with your doctor about. Ustekinumab is a clinical trial drug for Crohn's ...Read more
Some injections: Non-surgical treatments for peyronie's include: waiting (as some penises improve without treatment), or injections of medications such as verapamil or interferon (medications that can decrease the collagen fibrous material in the plaque). An experienced urologist can evaluate to be sure peyronie's is cause of the curvature, and then he may recommend non-surgical treatments as a first step. ...Read more
Testing: Unfortunately, without knowing what part of your testing was abnormal, it is not possible to suggest a treatment. Please give some more specifics, or go see a doctor to review your test results. ...Read more
Can you tell me an example of a time when medicine was shipped elsewhere to another country in order to stop an epidemic or disease?
Yes: The Canadian Health Minister indicated that Canada will donate between 800 to 1,000 of their 1,500 doses of an experimental Ebola Vaccine - VSV-EBOV to help with the Ebola-Zaire outbreak in West Africa. ...Read more
How does nuclear medicine cure diseases? Can anyone give an example of how nuclear medicine is used to cure diseases? I don't understand how it works.
The : The best example of how nuclear medicine is used to cure diseases is treatment of thyroid cancer or graves' disease (a form of hyperthyroidism). In both cases the goal is to destroy thyroid tissue. The thyroid gland contains a large amount of iodine which it uses to produce thyroid hormone. Once iodine is ingested, a large amount is concentrated within the thyroid gland. Nuclear medicine harnesses this principal to destroy thyroid tissue by giving the patient a radioactive form of iodine (i-131). This radioactive iodine is concentrated in the thyroid gland. The isotope primarily releases beta radiation which destroys the surrounding tissue (most of which is thyroid tissue). If there is thyroid cancer in the area, the cancer is also destroyed. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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