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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

Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Multiple Sclerosis (Definition)

A disorder causing usually episodic loss of myelin (demyelination) which disrupts function of central nervous system. Can lead to nerve damage because nerve requires myelin to function best. Classically relapsing and remitting or chronic and progressive. The former is characterized by transient neurological episodes of dysfunction separate in time and in space ...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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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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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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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. ...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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Best multiple sclerosis medications?

Interferons ? : There is no best medication , some would suit the patient better than others but interferons are the most widely used for prevention of attacks. ...Read more

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How does multiple sclerosis affect the hypothalamus?

How does multiple sclerosis affect the hypothalamus?

It shouldn't: Since the hypothalamus is not really a white matter structure, it should not effect thje hypothalamus directly but it could effect neurons that go into and leave the hypothalamus. Since thie hypothalamus controls temperature, feeding behavior, sexual behavior and heart rate and blood pressure, if a brain region needs input from the hypothalamus it may not get it. ...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