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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Multiple Sclerosis (Definition)

Multiple sclerosis is a progressive disease that interferes with the functioning of the central nervous system and brain. Symptoms include numbness, impairment of speech and of muscular coordination, blurred ...Read more


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Can the MS hug be the only symptom of multiple sclerosis?

Can the MS hug be the only symptom  of multiple sclerosis?

Initially maybe: The MS "hug" is indicative of spinal cord involvement, and may be a presenting feature, but could occur later in form of relapse. If you have such problems, it could be due to a different cause and this needs sorting out. If you indeed have MS, you should be placed on potent medication. Would a Concierge visit help guide you? ...Read more

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Can multiple sclerosis magnify feelings of depression and anxiety? Can it be a symptom of MS also?

Can multiple sclerosis magnify feelings of depression and anxiety? Can it be a symptom of MS also?

Yes to all: Ms can and often does worsen depression and anxiety. It could also be biologically a cause for depression and anxiety. Please get the help you need from your neurologist and your family doctor and see a psychiatrist or psychologist or both if necessary. Try to enjoy the holidays. Best wishes. ...Read more

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43 yr old f, diagnosis 8/2012 with rrms.Past 3 mos both hands hv begun twitching, making use of touch screens hard. Could this be new MS symptom? Advise pls?

43 yr old f, diagnosis 8/2012 with rrms.Past 3 mos both hands hv begun  twitching, making use of touch screens hard. Could this be new MS symptom? Advise pls?

GET TO DOC: Although could be relapse, could also be a co-morbidity, and in either case, sounds like you are having trouble and need help. If indeed relapse or progression, absolutely needs to be treated and reversed asap. See your neurologist, and make certain that your medications are potent, not the older self-injectables. ...Read more

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I'm hallucinating the smell of smoke. I've had MS for 24 years, but my MS neurologist says this isn't an MS symptom. I had 3 prolonged episodes of this smoke smelling in may-july 2010, every day for 2 weeks, then 2 weeks remission. I had an MRI for epile

I'm hallucinating the smell of smoke. I've had MS for 24 years, but my MS neurologist says this isn't an MS symptom. I had 3 prolonged episodes of this smoke smelling in may-july 2010, every day for 2 weeks, then 2 weeks remission.

I had an MRI for epile

COMPLEX ISSUE: Your symptoms are atypical for ms, but not impossible. Sounds like there was a consideration for auras associated with epilepsy, and questions of lesions in olfactory areas. However, you may be experiencing ephaptic reactions due to neuronal short circuiting associated with demyelination. Not a true seizure but aed's do help in most cases. I do think, unless you have sinus pathology, due to ms. ...Read more

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Have suspected ms, muscle weakness in left lower arm and hand gets worse thru the day but ok at night. Ms symptom or something else? Ms not confirmed.

Have suspected ms, muscle weakness in left lower arm and hand gets worse thru the day but ok at night. Ms symptom or something else? Ms not confirmed.

Here is an approach: First, be certain that problems in left arm are not associated with nerve compression at wrist, elbow, shoulder, or neck. An EMG study will certainly help. Secondly, mri's of both brain and spinal cord may be helpful, and spinal fluid analysis can also be needed. If your current doctors are unsure, get a second opinion at a nearby medical school. Unlikely, but maybe a myasthenic problem exists. ...Read more

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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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How do doctors diagnose multiple sclerosis (ms)? What are the typical symptoms?

How do doctors diagnose multiple sclerosis (ms)? What are the typical symptoms?

Diagnosed by MRI.: Typically MS is diagnosed by mri, but in some patients may require a spinal tap or other specialized studies. These tests may include optical coherence tomography (oct) or visual evoked potentials (ver or veps). Symtoms include numbness and tingling usually on one side of the body starting in the hands and toes and progressing proximally. Weakness in the same distribution. Painful visual loss. ...Read more

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What are the most determining symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis? What symptoms have to be present for doctors to diagnose MS?

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What are the most determining symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis? What symptoms have to be present for doctors to diagnose MS?

MS?: Other symptoms exist. Refer to diagram, and please consult your pcp for referral to Neurologist if warranted following exam. ...Read more