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What is ms?

What is ms?

Multiple sclerosis: Ms is a disease of the brain & spinal cord in which inflammation damages fatty tissue called myelin that surrounds certain nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. The "myelin" acts like insulation around an electric wire. When its damaged nerve cells can not send messages to other parts of the nervous system normally. This can result various symptoms, weakness, speech or vision issues, etc. ...Read more

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Who gets ms?

Who gets MS: People everywhere may develop multiple sclerosis. It most often starts between ages 20-40. Cases of teenagers and older adults are less common. It is more common in climates that are cold, cloudy, and located in far northern or far southern latitudes. Family history and smoking are related to MS, but are not the cause. MS is relatively rare, it is present in only 2 million people worldwide ...Read more

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Is MS common?

Is MS common?

Millions have MS: MS is thought to affect greater than 2.3 million people worldwide. There are about 2.5 per 100,000 new cases that develop per year. ...Read more

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Is MS hereditary?

Is MS hereditary?

Yes..but low ..: Even in identical twins, the incidence is only 20-35%, thus environmental factors (infections such as epstein virus, geography, vitamin d deficiency? +others factors, unknown) play more important role than genetic in development of ms..There is still much ongoing research in this area and hopefully will shed more light in the years ahead. It is a difficult one if you have ms, best of luck to you. ...Read more

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What is benign ms?

Benign MS: About 15% of people with MS have only 1-2 attacks of neurological deficit, otherwise, they have an entirely normal life. This is the case even if they are not treated for MS. It would be nice to know how to predict who will have such a clinical course. ...Read more

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How is MS diagnosed?

How is MS diagnosed?

Process: History and physical exam suggests the diagnosis. MRI films demonstrating old and new lesions together, scattered about the brain white matter, can be confirmatory, and lesions in both brain and spinal cord can clinch the diagnosis. Spinal fluid often useful if the films are ambiguous, and blood studies are obtained to exclude other disorders which may mimic MS. ...Read more

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What is advanced ms?

See below: This discription likely reflects progressive stage disease with an accumulation of neurological disability. ...Read more

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Does diet affect ms?

Unlikely: I am not aware of a link of diet to causation of ms, but many people with MS tend to be constipated, which can be aggravated by dietary factors. ...Read more

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What do MS symtoms mean?

Acute vs chronic: New symptoms (acute) imply a new attack on the nervous system by the disease. These usually improve with time but the patient will often not fully recover. Chronic symptoms are due to structural damage that will not improve over time. ...Read more

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