Top
10
Doctor insights on: Multiple Sclerosis

Share
Dr. Bennett Machanic
1,391 doctors shared insights

Multiple Sclerosis (Overview)

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 vision, and severe fatigue.


1

1
What is the definition or description of: multiple sclerosis?

What is the definition or description of: multiple sclerosis?

Clinical definition: A disorder causing usually episodic loss of myelin (demyelination) which disrupts function of central nervous system. Can lead to nerve damage because nerve requires myelin to function best. Classically relapsing and remitting or chronic and progressive. The former is characterized by transient neurological episodes of dysfunction separate in time and in space (different symptoms over time). ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
Dr. Bennett Machanic
1,391 doctors shared insights

Multiple Sclerosis (Overview)

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 vision, and severe fatigue.


2

2
How does multiple sclerosis spread to other parts of the body?

How does multiple sclerosis spread to other parts of the body?

See answer: Ms affects the brain and spinal cord, not the nerves outside. The messages from the brain and spinal cord can be affected so the message to the peripheral nerves are affected. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
3

3
Living with Multiple Sclerosis (Tip)

Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Ask for referral to an experienced neurologist who focuses in the area of multiple sclerosis. ...See more

4

4
Living with Multiple Sclerosis (Checklist)

Prevent falls in the home by removing throw rugs, adding grab bars
Once
Stay cool, avoid being overheated
Once
Drink plenty of water
Once
5

5
Is trigeminal neuralgia a symptom of multiple sclerosis?

Is trigeminal neuralgia a symptom of multiple sclerosis?

Possibly: Trigeminal neuralgia in a younger adult may be caused by multiple sclerosis. However, there must be more than just trigeminal neuralgia to define definite ms. History of other suspicious symptoms, abnormalities on neuro exam other than just trigeminal neuralgia and supplemental diagnostic studies will better define the suspicion for ms. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
6

6
For what length of time can you actually have symptoms of multiple sclerosis before you are diagnosed?

Could be years: Have seen many patients who have clearcut MS, who had delayed diagnoses up to 5-10 yrs after onset of first problems. Many reasons for this, including lack of insurance, denial of disease, fears of physicians, moving from place to place and not completing evaluations, being diagnosed as having psychiatric problems, etc. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
7

7
Living with Multiple Sclerosis (Tip)

Living with Multiple Sclerosis

MS can cause balance problems. Visual cues help you compensate. Keep your environment well lit. ...See more

8

8
What are signs of multiple sclerosis?

Many: Ms can present with a host of physical findings including optic neuritis, unilateral weakness and numbness, a band-like sensation around your chest or abdomen, hearing loss, gait ataxia, slurred speech, urinary incontinence, bilateral upper extremity/lower extremity weakness. Typically the initial presentation in the young may be a single symptom (optic neuritis), however hemiparesis is seen. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
9

9
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 or Gilenya. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
10

10
Living with Multiple Sclerosis (Tip)

Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Do use potent meds, and vitamin d, avoid hot temperatures, get a flu shot, not the nasal prep. ...See more

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