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Doctor insights on: Multiple Sclerosis And Bowel Problems

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What are neuropsychiatric problems associated with multiple sclerosis ?

What are neuropsychiatric problems associated with multiple sclerosis ?

Significant at times: Main issue is evolution of progressive cognitive loss, which likely is present in at least 60% and creates an early disability. Lack of emotional control, such as crying or laughing without reason, or more persistent euphoria or depression gets even more challenging. Although delusions and hallucinations may be rarely seen, usually not an issue. ...Read more

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Intestine (Definition)

The gastrointestinal tract starts at the mouth, travel down the tunnel (esophagus), which connects to the stomach, which then empties into the duodenum, jejunum, and ileum---the three parts of the small intestine (@25 feet). This empties into the colon or large intestine (about 5 feet), which then becomes the sigmoid colon, rectum and out the anus. So, every morsel eaten ...Read more


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Could Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis be related in any way?

Could  Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis be related in any way?

No relationship: Both are neurological disorders, but very different in numerous ways. For example, ms affects younger pts, women outnumbering men 3 to one. Parkinson's older folks, men far more often than women, 3:1. ...Read more

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Can multiple sclerosis cause other conditions?

Not directly: But, complications due to MS can occur. Such as bladder infections, falling resulting in bone fractures, osteoporosis due to frequent steroids or immobilization, risk of medication adverse events such as hypertension or liver abnormalities or thyroid issues. ...Read more

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Why the patient with multiple sclerosis develop urinary incontinence?

Why the patient with multiple sclerosis develop urinary incontinence?

MS lesions in CNS: Bladder dysfunction, which occurs in at least 80 percent of people with MS, happens when MS lesions block or delay transmission of nerve signals in areas of the central nervous system that control the bladder and urinary sphincter. See your neurologist for further discussion. http://www.healthline.com/health/multiple-sclerosis/incontinence ...Read more

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Are multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis conditions of the neuroglia?

Are multiple sclerosis and myasthenia gravis conditions of the neuroglia?

Neither of them: Neither of these conditions is a condition of the neuroglia. To some extent, glial cells are involved in the repair of damage that occurs in MS. Myasthenia is a condition that occurs at the junction of the nerve and muscle, no glia cells are present there. ...Read more

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Can masturbation cause lupus or multiple sclerosis?

Can masturbation cause lupus or multiple sclerosis?

No: (excuse me, but i thought it caused "blindness".) do not worry, there is absolutely no relationship with masturbation and lupus or ms. If it were the case, most men in america would have both! masturbation is a natural activity and don't get caught up in a cause and effect frenzy, as I am unaware of any severe potential for disease. ...Read more

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Are jerky arm movements signs of multiple sclerosis?

Are jerky arm movements signs of multiple sclerosis?

Nonspecific: Jerky arm movements could be a sign of cerebellar ataxia, but could also represent a variety of tremors, chorea, myoclonus, and even focal seizure activity. Sure, some pts might have ms, but others might have essential tremor, parkinson's, huntington's, brain tumors or bleeds, etc. An expert neurologist can sort all of this out and pinpoint the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What all can mimic multiple sclerosis?

What all can mimic multiple sclerosis?

Many conditions: Initially the ms patient goes through many diagnostic considerations. Stroke, drug effects, malingering, viruses, toxic reactions, lupus, pinched nerves, are just some of the common initial concerns. It may take hundreds of tests and repeated bouts before a definite diagnosis can be made. ...Read more

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People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

People diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Are they prone to othe bowel problems such as diverticulitis?

Separate issue: Not more prone than the next individual. Are more prone to colon cancer-risk increases with duration of and extent of disease.Will need more frequent surveillance colonoscopies than other folks. ...Read more

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Are there any genetic links between hirschsprung's disease and other bowel disorders?

Are there any genetic links between hirschsprung's disease and other bowel disorders?

Perhaps: Hirshsprung's disease may itself be genetic. It can also be associatedwith other genetic conditions;e.g., it occurs more commonly in down syndrome individuals. Ther may also be a positive family history of other bowel disorders. Best to see a geneticist and give a detailed family history. ...Read more

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Can masturbation lead to autoimmune diseases like lupus or multiple sclerosis?

Can masturbation lead to autoimmune diseases like lupus or multiple sclerosis?

NO relationship: This question has been asked and answered numerous times on this site. Masturbation does NOT cause disease or blindness! ...Read more

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Are there medications that can help with mobility problems caused by multiple sclerosis?

Are there medications that can help with mobility problems caused by multiple sclerosis?

You bet!: Anti-spasticity agents will assist the tightness in the legs, and you could try baclofen, tizanidine, maybe botox, etc. The newest agent touted to assist gait speed, and stamina, is called ampyra, (dalfampridine) but may not help everyone, just have to try it. Best way to address mobility problem is to be using the most effective potent medications, and supplementing with vitamin d. ...Read more

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What is chronic microvascular ischemic disease, chronic migraine, and a disseminating process such as multiple sclerosis mean on MRI? Do I have MS?

What is chronic microvascular ischemic disease, chronic migraine, and a disseminating process such as multiple sclerosis mean on MRI? Do I have MS?

You're the patient..: ...not the MRI. Presumably you didn't just wander into an MRI facility & make an impulse purchase. The MRI was ordered by your doctor & for a reason. The radiologist isn't paid to diagnose YOU; (s)he just looks at studies & reports what (s)he sees. Go back to the ordering MD; diagnosing YOU is his/her job. Ask to see the MRI: in radiology, 1 picture is worth 1000 words. ...Read more

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Can multiple sclerosis cause sciatica pains?

Can multiple sclerosis cause sciatica pains?

Yes: Its possible since MS can affect nerves not only in the brain but also in the spinal cord. Alternatively, diseases like Transverse Myelitis (related to MS) can occur and cause pain in a sciatic pattern as well. ...Read more

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What disease might mimic multiple sclerosis?

What disease might mimic multiple sclerosis?

Several potentials: Cadasil, lupus, arteritis, clippers, pernicious anemia, cervical spondylosis, lyme disease, CNS lymphoma, sjogren's, melas. If you get the point, ms may be hard to diagnose, and often need to exclude other explanations. Patterns may or may not be different, and sometimes it is important to get testing and even several opinions. ...Read more

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What types of vision change occur with multiple sclerosis?

Optic neuritis: Not uncommon is a rapid decrease in unilateral vision associated with pain and decreased color intensity. Double vision can occur and sometimes objects seem to jump around. Any of these problems should be addressed asap by your neurologist. ...Read more

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I have temporal lobe epilepsy. And a few other disorders such as idiopathic hypersomulence, restless leg syndrome. Now have diagnosis of brain atrophy?

I have temporal lobe epilepsy. And a few other disorders such as idiopathic hypersomulence, restless leg syndrome. Now have diagnosis of brain atrophy?

Maybe due to meds: Some of the anticonvulsants may cause atrophy in certain locations. Or perhaps you had a scan on a higher strength MRI that gave a better picture of your temporal lobe and the atrophy has been there all along and is really sclerosis (scar). ...Read more

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Can inflammatory bowel disease cause health problems in other parts of the body?

Can inflammatory bowel disease cause health problems in other parts of the body?

Yes: Ibd is felt to be an autoimmune illness and as such has wide ranging effects on the body. Patients can develop biliary cirrhosis due to involvement of the bile ducts, uveitis, pyoderma gangrenosum as some of the possible effects of the disease in other parts of the body. ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Fiala
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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


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Multiple Sclerosis (Definition)

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