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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Multiple Sclerosis (Overview)

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.


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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

Dr. Bennett Machanic
1,447 Doctors shared insights

Multiple Sclerosis (Overview)

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.


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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

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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

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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

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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 (natalizumab) or Gilenya. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose multiple sclerosis?

How do you diagnose multiple sclerosis?

Clinical diagnosis: Although the MRI can help support the diagnosis, and spinal fluid analysis may help, the diagnosis ultimately depends on a physician analysing history and exam findings, and making certain that alternative problems are not the true diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the diagnostic criteria for multiple sclerosis?

What are the diagnostic criteria for multiple sclerosis?

MS: Multiple neurological problems spread out over time and the neuro-axis. MRI lesions can be found in the spinal cord, next to the ventricles, in the brain stem, cerebellum or juxta-cortical. Use of 3.0 or greater tesla magnets can identify gray matter cortical lesions. Clinical criteria have undergone recent revisions. Its a demyelinating disorder that has several forms. (Google for more) ...Read more

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Is there a definite test for multiple sclerosis?

Is there a definite test for multiple sclerosis?

No definite test: There is no definite test for MS. MS is not the same for every one, and the tests and tools we use to make the diagnosis can also find other illnesses which cause similar findings. ...Read more

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What are the tests for maternal history of multiple sclerosis?

See answer below: Currently there is not genetic or other diagnostic testing for multiple sclerosis. Neurological symptoms history is only partially helpful, as other conditions sometimes can mimic ms. ...Read more

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How to know if you have multiple sclerosis? What are the signs?

How to know if you have multiple sclerosis? What are the signs?

Signs for MS: Some of them are as follows:
severe eye pain
loss of vison
loss of color vison
focal numbness and weakness
imbalance
depression
pain. ...Read more

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Can working in a kitchen as a line cook for 11 years cause multiple sclerosis?

Can working in a kitchen as a line cook for 11 years cause multiple sclerosis?

No: Neurobiology is gradually inching closer to discovering the cause of MS, but we're not there yet. Epidemiological studies going way back have identified a wide range of demographic factors having to do with race, sex, age, where you lived before your 15th birthday, etc. But you can't blame kitchen work for your MS. I hope that helps you to feel better rather than worse. ...Read more

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Can I catch multiple sclerosis?

No: MS is not an infectious disorder. Instead, there is varying genetic susceptibility triggered by environmental influences. ...Read more

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How do you treat multiple sclerosis?

Many successful ways: Although not curable yet, ms in many cases is both treatable and controllable. The most potent medicine on the market is tysabri, (natalizumab) followed by gilenya, and then a group of injectables, including interferons (such as betaseron) and copaxone. Several exciting drugs are finishing research and may be available in the next few years. Many physicians recommend vitamin d, b complexes, aerobic exercise. ...Read more

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I have been told that it is likely I have fibromyalgia and am being treated as such. Is there a chance that it could be multiple sclerosis?

I have been told that it is likely I have fibromyalgia and am being treated as such. Is there a chance that it could be multiple sclerosis?

Probably not: While patients with fibromyalgia share some of the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, there are distinct differences which should be discovered by a good neurologic exam. Furthermore imaging studies will show problems that could be related multiple sclerosis and not fibromyalgia. Good luck and I hope you feel better. ...Read more

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Is ginkgo biloba effective for treating multiple sclerosis and dementia?

Is ginkgo biloba effective for treating multiple sclerosis and dementia?

No: This has been subjected to several clinical trials of good quality and there is no measurable effect. Note also that consumer reports notes that the ginko in the bottle is unregulated and may vary from what the bottle states, but more commonly is less or none. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for multiple sclerosis?

What is the treatment for multiple sclerosis?

Getting exciting: Original meds included self-injectables, such as betaseron, avonex, compaxone, and rebith. Later, tysabri (natalizumab) infusions, and 2 oral meds, Gilenya and aubagio. We now know that vitamin d supplements provide added benefit. No one med fits all, but most effective drugs currently are Gilenya and tysabri (natalizumab), and these work best of the current crop. ...Read more

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Are there any natural treatments for multiple sclerosis?

Are there any natural treatments for multiple sclerosis?

Not really: It might be a fond hope to find such, but, if one has ms, treatment with disease modifying items is very important, and, in most cases, the most potent drugs are best. You can improve outcomes with supplements of vitamin d-3, perhaps b complex, low fat diet, exercise, and stress management, but these approaches do not replace the medicines. ...Read more

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How to cure multiple sclerosis ms?

How to cure multiple sclerosis ms?

NO cure: In medicine cure is not available for most common conditions control of symptoms and prevention of recurrence is possible in the majority of cases of ms. ...Read more

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Is there preventative medicine to prevent the onset of multiple sclerosis?

Is there preventative medicine to prevent the onset of multiple sclerosis?

Not yet: To date, we do not possess such a miracle. However, we now are developing amazing medicines to control the disease. It is always best to start treatment asap, once the diagnosis is confirmed. ...Read more

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Can a child inherit multiple sclerosis from a parent?

No: Ms is an auto-immune disorder that arises not from genetics but from a sequence of events in ones life that triggers the process. ...Read more

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What is my risk for multiple sclerosis? . I'm 16 year old male non smoker. No family history. I moved from singapore to the UK when I was 14. High ris

What is my risk for multiple sclerosis? . I'm 16 year old male non smoker. No family history. I moved from singapore to the UK when I was 14. High ris

Actually very low: Your risk is best considered to be at the level of the average resident of Singapore, and therefore very low, and indeed, lower than if you lived in UK your entire lifespan. ...Read more

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I'm scared I have multiple sclerosis?

Need to know more: Will really need to know more about what your symptoms are. Initially, you should discuss your concerns with your primary care physician. Then an appropriate a referral to a neurologist will allow a more definitive diagnosis for you.Multiple sclerosis is treatable at the present time with multiple medications and ensure an excellany quality of life. ...Read more

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What are the odds that I'm going to develop multiple sclerosis? How common is this?

What are the odds that I'm going to develop multiple sclerosis? How common is this?

Variable.: If you have identical twin with MS, about 30%, but if no relative and you live north of latitudes 39-42, could be as high as 1 in 545 in the general population. About 450, 000 cases thought to be in USA, in a population over 300, 000, 000. ...Read more

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I recently diagnosed by multiple sclerosis, and I don't know what to do I'm afraid to take medication.

Multiple sclerosis: First, I wish you will get better and get over this disease, and that can't be achieved without specialists supervision, neurologists and other physicians, and taking medications prescribed according to your stage / severity of the disease, if questioning the diagnosis, get a second opnion. If really anxious / depressed seek psychiatric help, but don't just stay put, good luck ...Read more

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I've had numerous test done. Outcome sign of Multiple Sclerosis not active I'm 50 will it become active?

Yes it is possible: Disease can go into remission and then flare up. You have to look for the cause. We propose to treat causes of such chronic ailment. To learn more about how to treat the cause Please visit us www. Ehacstl. Com ...Read more

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What are the dangers, if any, of taking cycles or "gear" for bodybuilding if that person had multiple sclerosis? I'm just curious.

Not simple: Bodily temperature elevation, from vigorous exercise, may result in a pseudo exacerbation, with amplification of prior symptoms which can reverse with cooling. But exercise is of value for ms patients, just needs to be paced. Also, depending upon the patients debility, exercise should be designed to prevent harm secondary to weakness, or imbalance/incoordination. ...Read more

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Why are "family doctors" answering multiple sclerosis questions?! I have spotted inaccurate info being given. Only a neuro answer? 's

Part of a team: Your family doctor is usually the doc who makes the referrals and is often the one who helps treat complications, such as urinary tract infections, fatigue, associated injuries, medication reactions, and he/she keeps open the communication lines between different specialties. Coordination of medical care is critcal these days. ...Read more

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What is multiple sclerosis?

Autoimmune condition: It is a condition where your own immune system attacks the sheaths (myelin) which covers your nerve fibers. Common symptoms include weakness in muscles due to slow/ damaged nerve conduction. Lowering Inflammation in your body via diet, stress reduction, anti-inflammatory supplements may delay, stabilize and improve the condition. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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