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Multiple Sclerosis Life Expectancy
Years: This really varies depending most importantly on the chromosome abnormalities. Patients with this diagnosis are living longer, whereas previously many died within 3 years, most are living much longer. ...Read more
Much better now: With all the new targeted drugs for myeloma and several to come, patients live many more years. Some have said this cancer is now more like a chronic disease - still dangerous and needing treatment but it is characterized by longer periods of remission after treatment. Therefore a 65 or 75 year old person may have a normal life span with this disease now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Impossible to say: The life span depends on the severity of the diseases. Most patients with these diseases have a normal life expectancy. ...Read more
Normal: In the bad old days, these people would live normal life spans but remain tiny and simple-minded, like children. Read about "cretins". To allow this to happen to a child today is a disaster, but a few million children in our world suffer from this just from iodine deficiency because of misplaced priorities. ...Read more
Depends: On the course of the disease, organ involvement, baseline health status, the aggressiveness of the condition, and many other factors (response to treatment, etc.). ...Read more
Stage 4 kidney dz: Stage 4 chronic kidney disease ( kidney function of 15-30%) occurs for many reasons. People with stable stage 4 disease can live fairly normal lives. However, if the kidney disease is progressing rapidly, it can be associated with more complications (anemia, bone disease, end stage renal disease with dialysis). It is important to follow closely with a nephrologist. ...Read more
Epigastric pain: Chronic pancreatitis is caused by chronic inflammation of the pancreas. No matter what the cause, the danger lies in the complications that can arise such as pancreatic-pseudo -cyst, decrease exocrine and endocrine function. Eventually, the pancreas will not work at all and you will have to take the enzymes that it usually produces to help in the digestion process. Treat symptoms . Watch etoh. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on heart: The light chain deposition disease is unlikely to affect survival. In fact a review of myeloma and kidney failure published last year demonstrated no change in outcome in myeloma patients with or without kidney failure. The biggest predictor of outcome is response to chemotherapy. Velcade (bortezomib) (new chemo) has been a game changer. In addition, patients with cardiac involvement do very poorly. ...Read more
Should be normal: The great majority of the time, a benign brain tumor will not shorten the life span at all. There are a small percentage of tumors that are benign, but are located in a critical area of the brain, such as the brainstem. These may compress the brain and might be inoperable due to location. Fortunately, these situations are rare. ...Read more
Not usually: Ms is a chronic neurological condition, characterized by episodes of neurological disability of variable severity and recovery. A minority of inidividuals can have a very aggressive course, and become so disabled that they are at risk of secondary medical complications which may be fatal. There are subtypes of MS which are so aggressive that a fatal outcome can happen. Fortunately these are rare. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Prog.disease: There is a variant form of MS that is very aggressive that can lead to coma or death. However most of the other forms do not have such a grave prognosis. If left untreated >30 % of patients will develop significant disability within 20->25 years after onset. Life expectancy is shortened only slightly, death usually results from secondary complications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What is the prognosis of life expectancy of someone diagnosed with NSCLC WITH mets to, liver, multiple bones, multiple lymph nodes and brain?
NSCLC: Unfortunately, the prognosis isn't good. One year survival is about 30%. 5 year survival with distant mets is less than 4%. Just remember that statistics are valid for groups. Who knows what grace God might bestow on any individual? ...Read more
Are congenital disorders of glycosylation progressive disorders with worsening symptoms over time? Is there shortened life expectancy?
Yes and yes: This is a very complex topic. There are many different forms of the disease affecting many different genes. I would suggest the following as a nice overview about the disease: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/books/nbk1332/. ...Read more
34wk gestation, severe brain damage with only the brainstem active. Life expectancy? Quality of life?
Defer to Local Docs: I am very saddened to hear of this tragedy. Your question does not clarify if this is the mother or the infant with this traumatic situation. But, regardless, this situation is very severe and i would defer to the team caring for the patient on the ground in person. ...Read more
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
Can person with multiple sclerosis leave a normal or healthier life as common people. Is there any cure for multiple sclerosis.
MS presents in: A variety of ways and there are lots of treatments but no cure at present. The covering of nerves erodes and communication between nerves can be come erratic, i.e., movement issues, vision issues, etc. Your doc and other health professionals can help you maximize your health. We all have limitations, some more obvious than others. Peace and good health. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dementia and MS: Some people with MS may have a large burden of lesions, either because they did not find a helpful treatment, or because they did not use treatment. There are times when MS can cause symptoms of dementia, although it is normally referred to as MS. This is becoming less common with the greater number of treatments that are available. More than thirty years ago, this was more common. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dementia and MS: Sometimes a long history of aggressive or poorly-managed MS can result in symptoms like dementia. Perhaps this could be called "MS dementia". There is no association of MS and Alzheimers disease or other illnesses that are considered causes of dementia. These are distinct illnesses. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the dangers, if any, of taking cycles or "gear" for bodybuilding if that person had multiple sclerosis? I'm just curious.
Not simple: Bodily temperature elevation, from vigorous exercise, may result in a pseudo exacerbation, with amplification of prior symptoms which can reverse with cooling. But exercise is of value for ms patients, just needs to be paced. Also, depending upon the patients debility, exercise should be designed to prevent harm secondary to weakness, or imbalance/incoordination. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why are "family doctors" answering multiple sclerosis questions?! I have spotted inaccurate info being given. Only a neuro answer? 's
Part of a team: Your family doctor is usually the doc who makes the referrals and is often the one who helps treat complications, such as urinary tract infections, fatigue, associated injuries, medication reactions, and he/she keeps open the communication lines between different specialties. Coordination of medical care is critcal these days. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need to know more: Will really need to know more about what your symptoms are. Initially, you should discuss your concerns with your primary care physician. Then an appropriate a referral to a neurologist will allow a more definitive diagnosis for you.Multiple sclerosis is treatable at the present time with multiple medications and ensure an excellany quality of life. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I recently diagnosed by multiple sclerosis, and I don't know what to do I'm afraid to take medication.
Multiple sclerosis : First, I wish you will get better and get over this disease, and that can't be achieved without specialists supervision, neurologists and other physicians, and taking medications prescribed according to your stage / severity of the disease, if questioning the diagnosis, get a second opnion. If really anxious / depressed seek psychiatric help, but don't just stay put, good luck ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
All test Negative. No multiple Sclerosis! Who or where can I go to find out why I'm having problems bending my leg. NO PAIN!!!
Painless leg problem: I'm a bit confused. You state "No multiple Sclerosis!" but in your Clinical Findings: Conditions, you list "Multiple sclerosis". You also didn't describe where you're having painless difficulty bending your leg: hip? knee? ankle? My suggestion is to have your Family Doc refer you to Sports Med specialist, Rheumatologist, Orthopedic surgeon & even Neurologist esp if MS. Have u had EMG/NCV? Biopsy? ...Read more
I have multiple sclerosis & the symptoms of diabetes are so similar how do I know if i'm a diabetic? My dr. Refers everything to multiple sclerosis.
Easy: The test for diabetes is simple - it is just a blood test. It is important not to attribute everything you experience to ms. However, it is possible your doctor has already done some additional testing and has ruled-out diabetes. Many patients are not aware of all the tests that are run when they go to the lab and have blood drawn. Just ask your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many successful ways: Although not curable yet, ms in many cases is both treatable and controllable. The most potent medicine on the market is tysabri, (natalizumab) followed by gilenya, and then a group of injectables, including interferons (such as betaseron) and copaxone. Several exciting drugs are finishing research and may be available in the next few years. Many physicians recommend vitamin d, b complexes, aerobic exercise. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Some patterns: Initially, a relapsing remitting course, but without treatment at 10 yrs, 50% become progressive, and 90% @20 yrs. Disability can involve need for walking assistance even wheelchair, but memory loss and fatigue can get progressive. Issue is to stop this progress by using potent agents, such as Gilenya or Tysabri (natalizumab). ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can be tricky: Multiple sclerosis is a very difficult disease to diagnose, because the symptoms can be so variable from person to person. Classically, it presents as discrete attacks of symptoms (vision loss, weakness, numbness, etc) that each wane over a few weeks. Definitive diagnosis can be made by a neurologist, usually with a combination of physical exam, lumbar puncture, and mri. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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