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Should I get tested for multiple sclerosis? I have foot drop sometimes.

Should I get tested for multiple sclerosis? I have foot drop sometimes.

See answer below: Foot drop may occur due to injury of a nerve root or peripheral nerve. It also can occur due to injury of central nervous system pathways (brain and spinal cord), but usually has specific abnormalities in addition which can be identified on examination. Certain diagnostic studies can be ordered based on your exam findings to better define the cause of foot drop. ...Read more

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Footdrop (Definition)

Foot drop usually refers to the inability to dorsiflex the foot (ie lift your ankle up) this can be associated with a variety of conditions. The most common are dorsiflexor injuries, peripheral nerve injuries, and stroke. Less common causes are neuropathies, ...Read more


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I have footdrop and I have multiple sclerosis how can I heal my foot?

I have footdrop and I have multiple sclerosis how can I heal my foot?

Foot drop: This is a complication of multiple sclerosis. You need to consult with your doctor concerning diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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I have multiple sclerosis since ten years. Srarted homeopathic treat ment sice two months. Now suddenly have intermittent numbness in palm and feet?

I have multiple sclerosis since ten years. Srarted homeopathic treat ment sice two months. Now suddenly have intermittent numbness in palm and feet?

Homeopathic healing: I agree with dr. Baker that your professional homeopath should be able to place these symptoms in the context of your treatment. Your case should have been taken deeply, your entire history explored. Sometimes old symptoms can recur on the path towards healing. If they're completely foreign to you, they could be related to the remedy. Collaborative care with your neurologist would be wise. ...Read more

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J have multiple sclerosis my legs/feet swell and ache daily. Seeking knowledge and relief of what it is.

J have multiple sclerosis my legs/feet swell and ache daily.  Seeking knowledge and relief of what it is.

Edema: Foot swelling may well be due to fluid buildup secondary to varicose veins, kidney issues, or cardiac issues, and certainly not a primary MS problem, but might be secondary to weakness or immobility due to spinal cord consequences. Perhaps the pain obvious here, but may benefit from having your neurologist investigate the entire picture. ...Read more

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I just read on the web that multiple sclerosis can cause lymphadema. Neuro says I have ms. Could this b y my feet and legs swell. No answers yet?

I just read on the web that multiple sclerosis can cause lymphadema. Neuro says I have ms. Could this b y my feet and legs swell.  No answers yet?

Nonsense: Are loads of comments online regarding many subjects, and all sorts of self-styled experts. Ms in no way causes lymphedema, but some of the drugs used in ms can promote foot swelling. Am more concerned about your kidney function, and wonder if you actually have lupus or another collagen vascular disease, not ms, and if so, kidney issues could be causing your fluid retention. Get second opinion. ...Read more

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I have all the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but it didn't show up on the mri, could i still have ms? What else could it be? I'm negative for lupus

I have all the symptoms of multiple sclerosis, but it didn't show up on the mri, could i still have ms? What else could it be? I'm negative for lupus

Lots of things: Ruling MS in or out is much easier than it used to be, but it still requires training, skill & expertise that you'll never get from "Doctor Google." It isn't just laypeople who lack the knowledge & experience to distinguish MS from conditions that superficially resemble MS but aren't; the average US nonneurologist physician isn't confident of his/her ability to do so either. ...Read more

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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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Treatment of multiple sclerosis is for life or temporary taking s.c injection of betaferon?

Treatment of multiple sclerosis is for life or temporary taking s.c injection of betaferon?

Need chronically: Some advice, there are pills available, but where you live, might be tough to get. Nonetheless, do not miss your injections, and add Vitamin D-3 about 5000-10000 units per day. We do not have a clear idea when to stop the MS meds, and in those older patients who I have stopped, a few have had relapses. Stay tuned, drugs to be used differently are on the horizon. (even Lemtrada) ...Read 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


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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