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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Why would the drug cholestyramine stop my multiple sclerosis symptoms? Is there a condition of the gut that can cause neurological symptoms?

Why would the drug cholestyramine stop my multiple sclerosis symptoms? Is there a condition of the gut that can cause neurological symptoms?

See below: Cholestyramine is used to eliminate the presence of an MS drug called Aubagio, if it needs to be stopped, but does not affect MS in any way or fashion. Several gut conditions can cause neurological issues, including pernicious anemia, Celiac disease, Whipples disease, etc.

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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