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Doctor insights on: Montel Williams And Multiple Sclerosis

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Dr. Natalie Hodge
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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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How are the multiple sclerosis and the friedreich syndrome different?

How are the multiple sclerosis and the friedreich syndrome different?

Very different: Friedrich's ataxia is an inherited autosomal recessive progressive disorder associated with loss of balance, incoordination, usually starting in childhood. High foot arches, scoliosis, cardiac issues may be present. Ms is an acquired autoimmune disorder, onset late 20's, often causing relapses with visual loss, weakness, numbness, imbalance, fatigue, and cognitive issues. Ms meds help. ...Read more

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Other than als, pls, sma, and guillain barre syndrome, are there other causes of anterior horn cell death?

Other than als, pls, sma, and guillain barre syndrome, are there other causes of anterior horn cell death?

Not correct: Guillain-Barré syndrome is not caused by anterior horn cell death. Its other name is acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy or AIDP. If it were a motor neuron disease, you'd never get better, and most people do. ...Read more

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Is multiple sclerosis progressive and fatal?

Is multiple sclerosis progressive and fatal?

Prog.disease: There is a variant form of MS that is very aggressive that can lead to coma or death. However most of the other forms do not have such a grave prognosis. If left untreated >30 % of patients will develop significant disability within 20->25 years after onset. Life expectancy is shortened only slightly, death usually results from secondary complications. ...Read more

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I have temporal lobe epilepsy. And a few other disorders such as idiopathic hypersomulence, restless leg syndrome. Now have diagnosis of brain atrophy?

I have temporal lobe epilepsy. And a few other disorders such as idiopathic hypersomulence, restless leg syndrome. Now have diagnosis of brain atrophy?

Maybe due to meds: Some of the anticonvulsants may cause atrophy in certain locations. Or perhaps you had a scan on a higher strength MRI that gave a better picture of your temporal lobe and the atrophy has been there all along and is really sclerosis (scar). ...Read more

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In what ways are multiple sclerosis and bilateral pulmonary embolisms related?

In what ways are multiple sclerosis and bilateral pulmonary embolisms related?

Really aren't: Pulmonary embolism represents a loose blood clot from an area of pre-existing thrombosis, such as leg, heart, or pelvic areas. Chronic disease can lead to debility, and prolonged immobility, which can promote blood stasis and local clotting, but if the ms patient is treated with potent medication, exercises, and stays active, the risk of embolism is very low. ...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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Is multiple sclerosis and sarcoidosis in the same disease family?

Is multiple sclerosis and sarcoidosis in the same disease family?

No relationship: Sarcoid affects lung, liver, predominantly, and brain far less frequently, and usually at base of brain, causing a bell's palsy perhaps. Ms affects brain and spinal cord, and stays within central nervous system. Does not affect lung or liver directly. ...Read more

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Can ganoderma coffee help with a multiple sclerosis diagnosis?

NO: Ganoderma coffee has no benefit in assisting MS or affecting course of disorder. The only real significant control of MS comes from use of potent medications, such as Tysabri (natalizumab) or Gilenya. ...Read more

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Are Multiple Sclerosis, Thyroidits, Fibromyalgia, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder and Meniere's Diseases at all connected?

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Are Multiple Sclerosis, Thyroidits, Fibromyalgia, Bipolar, Borderline Personality Disorder and Meniere's Diseases at all connected?

Rare combination: It is highly unusual for one person to suffer from all these conditions. Thus you will need to get these conditions confirmed by the appropriate specialists. To start- neurologist, rheumatologist, and psychiatrist. ...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 there a relation between later-life dementia and multiple sclerosis?

Is there a relation between later-life dementia and multiple sclerosis?

Dementia and MS: Some people with MS may have a large burden of lesions, either because they did not find a helpful treatment, or because they did not use treatment. There are times when MS can cause symptoms of dementia, although it is normally referred to as MS. This is becoming less common with the greater number of treatments that are available. More than thirty years ago, this was more common. ...Read more

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What are the dangers of someone with multiple sclerosis taking steroids for bodybuilding?

What are the dangers of someone with multiple sclerosis taking steroids for bodybuilding?

Very dangerous: Do not use steroids to increase muscle strength or mass.Steroids are very dangerous and have many adverse side effects .A neurologist can clarify these risks in a patient w/ multiple sclerosis for you.! ...Read more

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Why are thymectomies not done on patients with multiple sclerosis like with myasthenia gravis?

Why are thymectomies not done on patients with multiple sclerosis like with myasthenia gravis?

See answer below: Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder, driven by imbalances of immune cell subtypes that is distinctly different from that in ms. Removing the thymus in myasthenia gravis can reduce the number of immune cells in that disorder, and help reduce disease activity. The same would not be expected for ms. ...Read more

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What is chronic microvascular ischemic disease, chronic migraine, and a disseminating process such as multiple sclerosis mean on MRI? Do I have MS?

What is chronic microvascular ischemic disease, chronic migraine, and a disseminating process such as multiple sclerosis mean on MRI? Do I have MS?

You're the patient..: ...not the MRI. Presumably you didn't just wander into an MRI facility & make an impulse purchase. The MRI was ordered by your doctor & for a reason. The radiologist isn't paid to diagnose YOU; (s)he just looks at studies & reports what (s)he sees. Go back to the ordering MD; diagnosing YOU is his/her job. Ask to see the MRI: in radiology, 1 picture is worth 1000 words. ...Read more

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What are neuropsychiatric problems associated with multiple sclerosis ?

Significant at times: Main issue is evolution of progressive cognitive loss, which likely is present in at least 60% and creates an early disability. Lack of emotional control, such as crying or laughing without reason, or more persistent euphoria or depression gets even more challenging. Although delusions and hallucinations may be rarely seen, usually not an issue. ...Read more

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Can someone with multiple sclerosis have children?

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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Doctors, what are the genetic links with MS and motor neurone disease (als)?

Doctors, what are the genetic links with MS and motor neurone disease (als)?

None : Als and ms are completely different disorders, and have no known common genetic profiles. ...Read more

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Any one familiar with mctd, specifically morphea and lichen sclerosis?

Any one familiar with mctd, specifically morphea and  lichen sclerosis?

Lichen Sclerosus: Corticosteroid ointments or creams are commonly prescribed for lichen sclerosus. Initially, you'll generally have to use cortisone creams or ointments on the affected skin daily. After several weeks, your doctor will likely recommend that you only use these medications twice a week to prevent a recurrence. Your doctor will monitor you for side effects associated with prolonged use. ...Read more

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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 muscular coordination, blurred ...Read more