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Intestine (Definition)

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


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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?

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 more

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What suggestions are there to control bowel incontinence with multiple sclerosis? Is the incontinence permanent when it develops with ms?

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 more

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Have swallowing, bowel, muscle weakness pain and burning, extreme tiredness, tremors etc is this ms?

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 more

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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?

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 more

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Mom has MS and has been feeling dizzy a lot and woke up with pressure in her chest and abdomen... What could it be?

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

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Left side weakness in arm/hand, back, abdomen, leg/foot. Decreased sensation in those areas plus face. Mri showed no stroke, tumor or ms. Ideas?

Some ideas: Get MRI of neck, make certain not a spinal cord issue. Maybe an EMG study, to evaluate potential of a mono neuritis multiplex. But if your symptoms are transient associated with headaches, could be classical migraine. Discuss further with your neurologist. ...Read more

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What are early symptoms of MS?

What are early symptoms of MS?

Varies among pts: Often loss of vision in one eye (optic neuritis), also loss of leg strength, in coordination or imbalance, and perhaps insidious fatigue and/cognitive issues. ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of ms?

What are the early symptoms of ms?

Varies among pts: Often loss of vision in one eye (optic neuritis), also loss of leg strength, in coordination or imbalance, and perhaps insidious fatigue and/cognitive issues. ...Read more

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Help please! could cysts be a symptom of ms?

Help please! could cysts be a symptom of ms?

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

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Can xanex help Ms symptoms ?

Can xanex help Ms symptoms ?

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 more

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What symptoms of ms multiple sclerosis ?

What symptoms of ms multiple sclerosis ?

Variable: Please consult this site for information on early symptoms of MS http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/guide/multiple-sclerosis-symptoms Wish you good health. ...Read more

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Can IBS like symptoms be a sign of early ms?

Can IBS like symptoms be a sign of early ms?

No,: If these are your symptoms, you do NOT have MS. See gastroenterologist for the IBS. ...Read more

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Is pain in heels of feet another symptom of MS?

Is pain in heels of feet another symptom of MS?

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 more

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What are the symptoms of ms in the spinal cord?

What are the symptoms of ms in the spinal cord?

See below: Please consult this site for symptoms of MS. Note that, by definition, MS affects multiple sites in the nervous system. http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/guide/multiple-sclerosis-symptoms#1 ...Read more

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Is there a difference between cfs and MS symptoms?

Is there a difference between cfs and MS symptoms?

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 more

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Can you tell me is having trouble swallowing food a symptom of ms?

Can you tell me is having trouble swallowing food a symptom of ms?

Unusual: If you have swallowing difficulties, would consider many other conditions instead, such as motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, guillain-barre, botulism, cidp, and structural esophageal lesions. ...Read more

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What if an MRI doesn't find MS but you have all the symptoms of ms?

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 more

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Bowel (Definition)

The bowel is the intestinal tract in the body. The small intestine ...Read more