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My head is moving(nodding) involuntary since along time but it's increased nowadays..My aunt has multiple sclerosis and i'm afraid that I have it too?

My head is moving(nodding) involuntary since along time but it's increased nowadays..My aunt has multiple sclerosis and i'm afraid that I have it too?

Nonspecific: You describe a head tremor which could be due to many causes, including heredofamilial essential tremor, hyperthyroidism, issues with cerebellar brain stem connections, Wilson's disease, and medication reactions. This alone would not confirm MS, and your aunt's illness, is NOT a predictor of increased risk in you. Have a neurologist check this out. ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Headache (Definition)

The medical term is cephalalgia. It is a feeling of pain that can occur on either both sides or just one side of the head or neck. Headaches can be sharp, dull, or throbbing, and can radiate to different areas of the head. They typically last less than an hour but can ...Read more


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Could one have multiple sclerosis with a normal head MRI?

Could one have multiple sclerosis with a normal head MRI?

Yes: Or at least have clinically isolated syndrome with optic nerve or spinal cord involvement. (Devic Syndrome-neuromyelitis optica is a demyelinating condition that can convert to MS ...Read more

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If you had multiple sclerosis would it be possible for it to cause pain in your head as well? Not just in your back.

If you had multiple sclerosis would it be possible for it to cause pain in your head as well? Not just in your back.

Of course: Multiple sclerosis can cause facial pain in the form of trigeminal neuralgia, which is an attack of severe pain lasting a few seconds at a time. There is clearly a comorbidity with migraine as at least 52% of ms pts have these headaches. Also, a lesion in the midbrain/periaqueductal grey area is associated with frequent headaches and head pains. ...Read more

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Head injury from short fall, doctor diagnosed multiple sclerosis, given 3 doses of Rituximab, is the diagnosis and medication correct ?

Head injury from short fall, doctor diagnosed multiple sclerosis,  given 3 doses of Rituximab, is the diagnosis and medication correct ?

See below: The diagnosis of MS can be rather complex, as several other entities need to be excluded, and the MS does need confirmation. But assuming diagnosis is correct, the drug Rituxamab would actually be a rather terrific choice. Cannot confirm your diagnosis based on information provided. ...Read more

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Can a head injury with brain damage lead to multiple sclerosis?

Can a head injury with brain damage lead to multiple sclerosis?

No: Ms is at this point considered to be an immune related condition. The cause of MS unfortunately less understood: most neuroscientist feel that the immune system ("body police") attack the brain. This is reflected in the highly efficacious MS therapy available such as interferons, cop axone and tysabri (natalizumab). ...Read more

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Could any sort of head injury/brain damage cause multiple sclerosis?

Could any sort of head injury/brain damage cause multiple sclerosis?

No, trauma does not : Cause ms. Rather it is a disease in those who possess a genetic susceptibility, brought to clinical attention by environmental causes, and this sequence evolves into an autoimmune process. Injury may seem to worsen ms, but this represents an additive damage, not a cause. ...Read more

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Does a head CT scan help diagnose multiple sclerosis? If a CT scan is normal, is it still likely that multiple sclerosis can be present?

Does a head CT scan help diagnose multiple sclerosis? If a CT scan is normal, is it still likely that multiple sclerosis can be present?

Takes time to show: "Multiple lesions over time and space" is how med students learn about MS. It evolves over time. Sometimes subtle MRI findings can suggest it, but are non-specific ("unidentified bright objects"). But it can take a long time before MS presents itself. If seriously concerned, see a neurologist. ...Read more

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I am 30 yrs old painful stomach probs headaches menstrual probs and generally pain all over could this be fibromyalgia or multiple sclerosis?

I am 30 yrs old painful stomach probs headaches menstrual probs and generally pain all over could this be fibromyalgia or multiple sclerosis?

Not Ms: Multiple sclerosis is not commonly associated with gastrointestinal symptoms or headache. Recurrent headaches in young people, especially when pulsatile, unilateral, lasting hours, causing nausea and disability, are usually due to migraine. Sometimes migraine patients can also suffer from other problems such as fibromyalgia or irritable bowel syndrome. Menstrual probs not typically related. ...Read more

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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)

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