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Ms Bowel Symptoms
I have MS like symptoms for 6 months.Neuro thinks it's anxiety and gave me cymbalta (duloxetine).It took 80% of pain away.Im no anxious or depressed.I need a cure?
The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more
Im worried i might have ms. I am having a variety of symptoms from neurological to bowel. Is their any way to tell for sure? How do I tell to my doc?
Talking to your Doc: This is easy. There should be no concerns or barriers to bringing up your worries to your physician. It is always best to describe your symptoms and not just the diagnosis you have come to. But, tell them you are worried about ms as part of your visit. There is a process of testing and evaluation that will come of this visit. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I am 27 & MS in 2012, and recently cauda equina has been a concern, not an emergent concern though. today I have been losing bladder & bowel. MS?
If losing: Control go to ERGet a more detailed answer ›
What suggestions are there to control bowel incontinence with multiple sclerosis? Is the incontinence permanent when it develops with ms?
Suggestions: Generically, I like to start with increased amounts of fibre into the diet. Would avoid stimulants such as caffeine and also, alcohol. Would want to be certain that there is no added co-morbidity, such as a colonic cancer which can be causing issues. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Have swallowing, bowel, muscle weakness pain and burning, extreme tiredness, tremors etc is this ms?
Many possibilities: Many disorders could cause your myriad symptoms, and would first see an internist and get thoroughly evaluated. If unanswered questions, get appointment with neurologist. MS diagnosis is based upon history, examination, and appropriate MRI findings, if other causes are excluded. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stomach twitches 24/7. Left calf too. Stomach very sensitive to foods, Bowel movements weird. Doesn't hurt. Stomach noises really weird too. MS/ALS?
Prob not.: Muscle twitching is caused by many situations, many of them are benign. Neither MS nor ALS come to mind as the likely cause. Does food sensitivity result in any diet modifications for you? It;'s possible these symptoms are linked together in a good way, one which will lead to a simple resolution. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Mom has MS and has been feeling dizzy a lot and woke up with pressure in her chest and abdomen... What could it be?
Several thots: Maybe, she is experiencing a relapse due to inflammation within the spinal cord, an "MS hug", but cannot exclude problem due to heart or lungs, even GI tract. Does need to be evaluated ASAP, so, contact your doctor and get this evaluated NOW!! Even if MS relapse, do not delay. ...Read more
Burning tingling itching numb stabbing pain in L shoulder blade & R abdomen for 13 years, spread to pelvis & ribcage. CT neg. MRI neg. MS R/O. Ideas?
Typically NO: If a cystic lesion within brain, could be congenital arachnoid cyst, or even cysticercosis, and typically ms lesions not usually cystic. Rarely, ms lesions may appear tumefactive, and may create a cystic appearance, but other lesions are present which tell the true situation. Perhaps a visit to neurosurgeon could clear the confusion. ...Read more
Emotional rxtns: Xanax (alprazolam) is of value for panic reactions, anxiety states, emotional stressors, and if MS causes these reactions, quite appropriate to use medication, but the drug does not affect the usual complications of MS such as fatigue, pain, cognitive deterioration. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not usually: Pain is rather a frequent problem in MS, but heel pain would not be typical, unless there is an accompanying leg weakness and spasticity, which would cause abnormal gait, and secondary plantar fasciitis. Would definitely seek out opinion of podiatrist, as a simple orthotic would likely help dramatically. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes.: Symptoms can be similar, but nerve damage and plaques do not occur in the periphery or brain. No structural abnormalities have been found in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. One is autimmune (ms) and the other, possibly do to many factors, and is a diagnosis of exclusion. Specific abnormatities can be found in ms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Suggestions: Your question is very timely. Some pts have MRI lesions visible only over the spinal cord. In the first year, spinal fluid may best confirm the diagnosis, if MRI equivocal, but sometimes followup images show diagnostic changes. Although your description is very c/w ms, you might instead have lupus, vitamin deficiency, lyme disease, other infections, sjogren's, etc. Might consider 2nd opinion. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer