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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

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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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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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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Heard that feeling like a "blood pressure cuff" wrapped around a leg is common in Multiple Sclerosis. How is MS diagnosed?

Heard that feeling like a "blood pressure cuff" wrapped around a leg is common in Multiple Sclerosis. How is MS diagnosed?

Common? How so?: Careful of the hallway lore that people speak in dimly lit corridors. I have many MS patients who have never complained of that symptom and some who have. MS is diagnosed by a specialist and by taking a careful detailed history of things the person has been experiencing to see if it fits a "story" consistent with the diagnosis. MRI of the brain and spinal cord are also important to the diagnosis. ...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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How to detect multiple sclerosis eye symptoms?

How to detect multiple sclerosis eye symptoms?

Variable, but: Quite more common is optic neuritis, where unilateral loss of vision, associated with pain on eye motion, color desaturation, and possibly an abnormal pupillary light response. Other eye issues may include abnormal eye movements, such as nystagmus or double vision, and an item called internuclear ophthalmoplegia, which can associate both of the latter phenomena. ...Read more

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Would an ophthalmologist be able to detect multiple sclerosis eye symptoms?

Would an ophthalmologist be able to detect multiple sclerosis eye symptoms?

Yes.: Multiple sclerosis is associated with several ocular findings that can be diagnosed by an ophthalmologist or neuro-ophthalmologist. Optic neuritis can be both a presenting symptom and a complication of ms. Other eye findings can include motility disorders of the eyes and retinal vasculitis. ...Read more

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Multiple sclerosis and my eye sight, is there a relation between the two?

Multiple sclerosis and my eye sight, is there a relation between the two?

You bet: MS commonly affects the eyes, and if you have loss of vision, double vision, any abnormal eye movements, it is possible that MS is the cause. But other eye events can co-exist, so see an ophthalmologist to get this pinned down. Hope you are taking a potent MS disease modifying agent, as this can protect your eyes. ...Read more

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I have been on IV Solumedrol (methylprednisolone) for four days so far for Multiple Sclerosis. Today, multiple lymph nodes became swollen/painful in my neck/chin. Concern?

I have been on IV Solumedrol (methylprednisolone) for four days so far for Multiple Sclerosis. Today, multiple lymph nodes became swollen/painful in my neck/chin. Concern?

? Pharyngitis: Tell your doctor, could be pharyngitis, viral or bacterial, whether was that secondary to solumedrol (methylprednisolone) or not, we don't no, as steroids cause immunosuppression, at any rate, rest, fluids, salt water gargles, till you see your doctor who may prescribe an antibiotic, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Sorry, off and on eye twitching every day for past month and lower burning back pain when lying down, relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis?

Sorry, off and on eye twitching every day for past month and lower burning back pain when lying down, relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis?

Let's analyze: The eye twitching could be ocular myokymia, due to eyestrain, fatigue, stress, chemical imbalance, and the back pain may be due to degenerative spondylosis, or a disc issue. You list ampyra, (dalfampridine) a drug used to improve walking in ms patients, but do not list other ms disease modifiers. Do you in fact have ms? Maybe, your neurologist can sort this out if indeed you do.. ...Read more

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My eye has been twitching for wks. I have dry eye but heard it was a sign of multiple sclerosis... My mom and sister have MS... Should I get MRI?

My eye has been twitching for wks. I have dry eye but heard it was a sign of multiple sclerosis... My mom and sister have MS... Should I get MRI?

Doubt MS: You most likely have orbital myokymia, which can be due to eyestrain, fatigue, lack of sleep, stress, chemical imbalance. The odds of your acquiring MS with your family background is about 2-4%, at most. Lastly, lots of comments about MS are provided by numerous non-medical "experts" both online and in the community. Check with your eye doctor about your current issues. ...Read more

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Anxiety & multiple sclerosis sure do have the same symptoms. How do you tell the difference? Doc won't test for ms, even though twitching & eye problem.

Anxiety & multiple sclerosis sure do have the same symptoms. How do you tell the difference? Doc won't test for ms, even though twitching & eye problem.

MS vs anxiety: Can be tricky in some cases, but usually anxiety has "extra" symptoms and signs which are unlikely to be caused by MS. Also signs of anxiety may be fleeting. Eye twitching alone is not likely to be MS. I do not know what your eye symptoms are, but a dilated eye exam can rule out involvement of the optic nerve which is a key finding for MS. ...Read more

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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